Kansas State vs West Virginia: Kansas St. are packing up and heading on the road for the first time this season. They face off against West Virginia on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Kansas St. will be looking to avenge the 23-28 loss they took the last time these two teams played.
Head Coach: Bill Snyder. There’s nobody in college football more synonymous with the school they coach at than the Purple Wizard. Snyder’s squads are generally known for disciplined, fundamentally sound football, and we should expect no different this year.
Offensive Coordinator: Andre Coleman. Coleman’s a K-State lifer, now in his sixth year coaching at the school after playing for Snyder in the early 90s. As such, we shouldn’t expect their offense to change much despite it being Coleman’s first year in charge.
Defensive Coordinator: Blake Seiler. Seiler’s also in his first year running the show, but he too has Wildcat blood running through his veins. Seiler played for State from 2003-06 and has spent each of his 10 years as a coach in the program.
With the final non-conference game with N.C. State canceled due to the fallout from Hurricane Florence, the Mountaineers are now set to resume play a week later against the Wildcats.
It will be the seventh all-time meeting between the two programs as Big 12 Conference members with Kansas State winning the first four in the series and the Mountaineers the previous two. After a dominating 55-14 win in Morgantown in 2012, the two teams have played close with the average margin of victory only seven points and the total margin between the two only 13 in the last four.
That includes a pair of one-point wins for each team during that time. In the last meeting between the two the Mountaineers are coming off a 28-23 win over the Wildcats a year ago, their first in Manhattan. West Virginia was able to win that game despite not scoring in the second half.
Kansas State is led by Bill Snyder, who is in his second tenure atop the Wildcats program and has amassed a career record of 212-111-1 in his 27th year. One of the most respected men in his profession and the dean of Big 12 coaches, Snyder has led the Wildcats to two Big 12 Championships and is one of only four people to ever be named to the College Football Hall of Fame as an active coach.
The veteran head coach has built the Kansas State program through a unique combination of junior college talent and program players and the Wildcats are known for their lack of mistakes and general discipline from the top down. Snyder has turned around the Kansas State program twice during his career first from 1989 to 2005 and then reassuming the role in 2009 after retiring.
The Wildcats are similar to the teams that Snyder has rolled out in recent years with a penchant for running the football and taking advantage of big plays down the field when presented.
Whether he likes it or not, if he declares for the draft, he is a standout candidate for the Browns with Pick #1, and it isn’t hard to see why. Unlike the Josh Allen’s, Patrick Mahomes’, Baker Mayfield’s, or Sam Darnold’s of the world, Rosen is picture perfect as a passer. When you watch his film, he looks exactly like the stereotypical QB in every way.
His footwork is great, his throwing mechanics are textbook, his pocket movement is incredible, and his arm strength and accuracy is excellent. What’s more, he has put up great numbers with an inconsistent receiving corps, no help from a ground game, and while being hit a lot, his toughness is underrated.
The only real issues with Rosen is his off-field, character related issues. During his time at UCLA he has been knocked for being too big for the campus, responding poorly to his coaching, being immature, and being a bit of a loose cannon on social media. To me? This is all fairly insignificant. The issues he is having has not affected his play on the field or his success as a student.