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Last season's Big 12 champions were picked sixth in the preseason Big 12 poll, the second consecutive year the Wildcats have been given that ranking.
But with Bill Snyder at the helm, it's hard to imagine the team will take that much of a dip in the standings.
There are some serious question marks in Manhattan for sure. The defense returns just two starters in safety Ty Zimmerman and linebacker Tre Walker. And Walker missed nearly half the season last year with a leg injury.
And Heisman Trophy finalist Collin Klein is also gone. Currently, junior college transfer Jake Waters and redshirt sophomore Daniel Sams are vying for the QB job.
However, there are still signs that this team has the talent to make another quality run this season. The Wildcats have their entire starting offensive line returning this season as well as running back John Hubert.
Hubert, now a senior, is one of the best running backs in the league, having racked up 1,945 yards over his career thus far.
And Zimmerman is one of the best safeties in the country with NFLDraftScout.com ranking him as the third-best safety in his class.
Kansas State is one of just two teams over the past two years to start its season 6-0. The other team is Alabama, who is a back-to-back defending national champion. Snyder has proven time and time again that he can get the most out of his players. So expect the Wildcats to finish better than sixth in the Big 12.