Three predictions for Kansas State

August, 5, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Bill Snyder seemingly was enjoying retirement before he heard the call to return to his old job at Kansas State.

Snyder, who orchestrated one of the most celebrated turnarounds in college football history during his first stint with the Wildcats, will be facing a rebuilding job nearly as steep this time around.

The Wildcats have played in only one bowl game since their 2003 Big 12 championship season. Since then, they have had one winning season, a 7-6 mark in 2006 season.

Snyder is back, saying his zest has returned after his three-season sabbatical.

Here are three quick predictions I foresee for him and his team in the upcoming season.

1. Brandon Banks will emerge as one of the most valuable offensive weapons in the league. Fans saw Banks develop into one of the top receivers and returners last season. But I look for bigger things this season. It won't surprise me if veteran Kansas State offensive coordinator Del Miller uses him in a "Wildcat" formation that will emphasize his game-breaking skills and even see what he can do as a passer.

2. I expect at least two starting quarterbacks for the Wildcats this season and maybe even more. Carson Coffman got the nod on the first day of practice Wednesday and should be the Wildcats' opening-game starter Sept. 5 against Massachusetts. But it wouldn't surprise me if junior college transfer Daniel Thomas gets a start and maybe even Grant Gregory, a transfer from South Florida.

3. Snyder's coaching acumen will enable KSU to claim a victory or two that some might not expect this season. The Wildcats are expected by most to struggle to stay out of the North Division basement. I think they'll be better than that, coming close to qualifying for a bowl berth and sneaking in an upset from one of three late-season home games -- against Missouri, Colorado or Kansas. If they can win two of those games, the Wildcats might go bowling this season.

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