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Bill Snyder is quietly working his magic in Manhattan after winning the Big 12 last season.
While it's hard to imagine that the reigning Big 12 champions would have to play a dark-horse role the following season, the Kansas State Wildcats may have to.
With so many starters leaving the team, including 10 departures on defense and Heisman Trophy finalist Collin Klein, the Wildcats have some rebuilding to do in 2013.
But what coach in the entire country is better at building a program back up after losses than Bill Snyder? (The answer is nobody, by the way).
The Wildcats have quality players on offense, including running back John Hubert. Kansas State also has one of the best offensive lines in college football and has five starters returning from that group.
The big question mark this offseason in Manhattan is how to replace Klein.
Currently, last year's backup and redshirt sophomore Daniel Sams and Jake Waters, a junior college pickup, are battling it out for the starting job. At the spring game, both guys looked impressive, but neither stood out as better than the other.
The consensus is that, with all due respect to Klein, both Sams and Waters can throw the ball better than Klein.
That will open up a lot of different options for Snyder and his offense, which already has quality receivers in Tyler Lockett and Tramaine Thompson.
For the past two seasons, Kansas State was one of just two teams in the country to start off 6-0, with the other being Alabama. So expect the Wildcats to come out hot again in 2013.
And you'll never out-coach Snyder. He'll always give the Wildcats a chance to win. Expect this team to be extremely competitive in 2013.