Scott Sewell-US PRESSWIRE
This one is a little tougher to decide. Neither team started well against inferior competition, but both the Kansas State Wildcats and Miami Hurricanes found their stride and came away with season-opening wins.
Kansas State, as suspected, beat Missouri State, 51-9. The score was much closer than anticipated in the first half, though, as the Wildcats led just 9-6 and allowed the Bears to tie the game on their first possession of the second half.
After that, Kansas State rolled. They scored 42 unanswered points to give the final many expected. Head coach Bill Snyder rarely sent any blitz packages and played vanilla on defense, though, most likely to keep the Hurricanes from analyzing game film. Even so, they allowed 323 yards through the air and surrendered 19 first downs.
Miami, on the other hand, had to overcome a 14-0 Boston College first-quarter lead and hold on for a 41-32 victory. The Hurricanes surrendered just 96 rushing yards, but they allowed 441 yards through the air.
See the conundrum here? Neither team could stop the pass. That begs the question: Who has the better quarterback? I'd say the Wildcats have the edge in that department. Nobody can discount the play of double threat phenom Collin Klein.
Miami running back Duke Johnson might make that a moot point, though. It's doubtful he will have too many 50-plus-yard runs against Kansas State, but his presence in the backfield might be what the Hurricanes need to pull off the upset.
Kansas State: 31