Dr. Saturday will be looking at the 25 most interesting teams headed into spring football through March, examining which programs have the biggest questions, the most expectations and the best storylines. This isn’t a list of the 25 best teams going into the spring, just the 25 we’re keeping the closest eye on. Previously: USC.
What happened in 2012
There was a point during the 2012 season where Kansas State was the nation’s No. 1 team and just two wins away from playing for a national title. But that dream died quickly when, less than a week after earning the No. 1 ranking, the Wildcats were upset by an upstart Baylor team which used its high-speed spread offense to take advantage of the Wildcats, who weren’t nearly as athletic.
The same result would later happen against Oregon in Fiesta Bowl and the Wildcats would finish 11-2.
Now, that’s not a terrible season. In fact, it was the first 11-win campaign since the heyday of the program in the late 90s and early 2000s, but it was a far cry from the season Kansas State was having before it ran into the Baylor Bears.
What makes them interesting in 2013