The college football season officially kicked off over Labor Day. Local teams like Missouri, Kansas, and Kansas State all have different expectations on this season.
David Beaty returns as head coach for his 4th season despite the strong fan opinion of him being fired. Last season Kansas went 1-11 and was considered the laughing stock of college football. Through 3 seasons, the Jayhawks have a record of 3-33 under Beaty. The Jayhawks have very few weapons on offense or defense as they have had a very poor recruiting class each of the past couple seasons. Key games for the Jayhawks are week 2 at Central Michigan and week 3 when they host Rutgers. Those games are their best chances to put a mark in the win column this season. My prediction is that they do not get the job done and finish winless at 0-12.
The Kansas State Wildcats ended on a high note at the end of last season, as they won the final 3 games of the year, including a victory over UCLA in the Cactus Bowl. Head coach Bill Snyder enters his 27th season in Manhattan, as he boasts an impressive record of 210-110-1. Offensively, the Wildcats are led by sophomore quarterback and Kansas City native Skylar Thompson, while the defense is anchored down by senior defensive back Duke Shelley. Key games for the Wildcats will be week 2 at home against Mississippi State, week 7 at home against Oklahoma state, and week 9 at TCU.Those are all winnable games against good opponents that will likely determine how successful of a season the Wildcats have.My prediction is that Kansas State ends with a record of 7-5.
The Missouri Tigers enter this season with expectation extremely high. After starting the 2017 campaign 1-5, Barry Odom led Missouri to 6 game winning streak to finish the season at 7-5, before losing to Texas in the Texas Bowl. This season, the Tigers look to be a dark horse SEC east after a couple disappointing seasons since their back to back SEC championship appearances. Mizzou is led by Heisman candidate quarterback Drew Lock who returns to the school after deciding to forgo the NFL draft. Defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. is also a returning Senior who looks to lead the defense. Key games for the Tigers are week 4 when they host Georgia, week 5 when they travel to South Carolina, and week 9 when they travel to Florida. These games will determine if Missouri is a real contender in the SEC. My prediction is that Mizzou builds on last season and finishes 9-3.