When: September 8
Where: Manhattan, KS
I know a lot of you think that Kansas State will not be as good as last season, when the Wildcats finished 10-3 and played in the Cotton Bowl, but believe me, they will be highly competitive.
They have a tremendous offense lead by one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the country, Collin Klein.
Klein threw for 1,918 yards and ran for another 1,141. He has tremendous field vision and is very quick.
I understand that last season the Wildcats snuck up on teams, but it wasn't just a fluke. Head coach Bill Snyder is the real deal and turned around Kansas State in just a few short years.
What really convinced me of ranking them the hardest team Miami faces all year is the fact they are playing in Kansas and that they return a total of 18 starters—including the kicker and punter.
That is pretty amazing that a team can basically bring back the same team that helped the Wildcats win 10 games last year.
There are two reason why Kansas State is the toughest game on the Hurricanes' schedule.
First and foremost it's just the second game of the season for the Hurricanes and they will still be trying to find themselves.
There are a lot of question marks on this young Miami team and one game against Boston College the week before probably won't answer them all.
Besides playing Kansas State so early in the season, Miami will have traveled about 4,500 miles in a one-week times-span. Ouch.
On the other hand, when Miami plays Florida State, it will be the Hurricanes' second game of a three-game homestand.
Not to mention the game isn't until November, allowing the Hurricanes the practice and game-time experience they will need to face the Seminoles.