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Kansas State Offensive Preview: Pop, Lockett, Drop It

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Bill Snyder is Voldemort, and his players are his Horcruxes. Time to fight the magic.

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The Kansas State Wildcats, since suffering the loss to Auburn, have been taking no prisoners. And Bill Snyder, channelling the powers of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, has his team on a tear through the Big 12.

The Wildcat offense is averaging 36.9 points per game, and are led by quarterback Jake Waters, a sneaky sorts with a completion percentage of 64.8. He has thrown nine touchdowns with an average of 236.4 yards per game.

Waters' favorite target is the formidable Tyler Lockett. The Tulsa, Oklahoma, native crushes through defenses and has caught four touchdowns, with an average of 13.7 yards per play and 84 YPG. If Lockett isn't an option, Curry Sexton steps up, nabbing a couple touchdowns this season and averaging 11.2 YPP and 64.3 YPG. The Wildcat passing offense as a whole gathers approximately 246.3 YPG.

KSU isn't just a one-dimensional team. The Cats also have a strong run game that includes the QB. Waters has rushed 86 times for a net of 370 yards. He has scored seven times using his legs. He is flanked on the stat sheet by Charles Jones, nine touchdowns, 55.4 YPG, and DeMarcus Robinson,  four touchdowns and 46.3 yards per game.

The rushing offense averages less than through the air (178.3 YPG) but has scored 21 times in that manner. The Cowboys defensive line has its work cut out for it.

All in all, this game could get ugly quick. Kevin Peterson will almost surely be assigned Lockett, but that in itself will be a tough task. That's not a knock on Peterson's ability, but rather a complement to Lockett's prowess.

Stopping the Wildcats isn't necessarily an impossible mission, but Snyder in Manhattan is a large mountain to overcome. But if Spencer's Army holds a strong line and shuts down the receiving corps, the Pokes just may have a chance.