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Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder
Kansas State Wildcats (Big 12 No. 6) vs. Indiana Hoosiers (Big Ten No. 6)
Steele overestimates the Hoosiers and underestimates the Wildcats on this prediction.
There's no way Indiana finishes as high as sixth in the Big Ten, which has gotten pretty competitive lately. Especially with Ohio State being eligible for bowls again, that just leaves one less spot for everybody in the conference.
The Hoosiers are on the rise as a program. They return quarterback Cameron Coffman, who's a quality signal-caller in the Big Ten and a great game manager. He will keep the Hoosiers competitive.
But with Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Northwestern and even Purdue in the conference, it's hard to picture Indiana finishing as high as sixth.
As for Kansas State, Bill Snyder will not let the reigning Big 12 champions finish as low as fifth in the conference the following season.
Yes, the Wildcats lose all but one starter from their defense last season, and Collin Klein isn't coming back either. But Snyder still has one of the best offensive lines in the Big 12 and a great running back in John Hubert.
Plus the two guys vying for Klein's job, Daniel Sams and Jake Waters, both have great arms and the transition will be easy for them behind a quality line and a good running back to complement them.
Every year it seems the Wildcats are picked in the bottom half of the conference. But Kansas State is one of just two teams over the past two seasons to start the year 6-0, with Alabama being the other team. The Wildcats, even in a year of transition, will finish higher than fifth.