Kansas State football gets back to action against Baylor on Saturday, Sept. 30. The Wildcats seek to rebound from a Week 3 loss to Vanderbilt following their lone bye week of the season.
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Kansas State-Baylor live updates, score
Kansas State-Baylor football TV channel, time, live stream
The Kansas State-Baylor game is set for kickoff at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2, with a live stream available on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN smartphone app.
Kansas State-Baylor football picks, odds
Kansas State is listed as a 14 1/2-point favorite over Baylor. The Wildcats have been the consensus pick heading into the contest by experts across the nation.
Kansas State-Baylor keys to the game
1. Hit the reset button
After putting up 55 points in each of its first two games, the Kansas State offense came close to laying an egg in a 14-7 loss Vanderbilt in Week 3.
Quarterback Jesse Ertz, despite rushing for a season-high 126 yards, only went 10 for 28 with 76 passing yards and saw his total quarterback rating drop to 73 on the season. That didn’t help a receiving corps that had already been struggling to establish itself through two games. Nor was the backfield brilliant, as neither Alex Barnes or Justin Silmon rushed for more than 50 yards in the loss.
And the worst part? The same Vanderbilt team that allowed just seven points to Bill Snyder’s Wildcats was shutout 59-0 at home by No. 1 Alabama one week later.
Coming off a bye, Kansas State has likely had some extra time that it didn’t have in the opening weeks to work out some of the kinks on offense. The defense certainly got the job done in Nashville, but make no mistake – it’s going to be an entirely different ballgame when going up against some of the highest-flying offenses in the nation in the Big 12.
Baylor shouldn’t necessarily be a challenge compared to some of the other Big 12 teams, which is why Saturday, combined with the extra rest, is a perfect opportunity for the Wildcats to get back in the groove of things – which is a must if they want to re-enter the AP Top 25 rankings at any point moving forward.
2. Can a receiver establish himself?
From Byron Pringle to from Isaiah Zuber, Kansas State has plenty of receivers to make big plays, but that just hasn’t been the case for the Wildcats this season. Through three games, no receiver has reached the 150-yard mark in receiving yards, and no receiver has more than one touchdown reception. Certainly part of that has to do with Ertz’s tendency to run the ball, but in the Big 12, receivers have to step up to the occasion if teams want to compete.
It will be interesting to see if Zuber, Pringle or even a receiver such as Isaiah Harris can prove that he is the Wildcats’ go-to guy on Saturday as the team faces a Baylor defense that surrendered 49 points to Oklahoma one week ago. If they can’t, it could potentially be a long season ahead for Kansas State.
3. Don’t sleep on the Bears
At 0-4, it’s easy to look at Baylor and dismiss the Bears altogether. A young team under a first-year head coach might look like one of those automatic wins at a glance, but Baylor turned heads in Week 4 by playing No. 3 Oklahoma close from start to finish – even taking a brief 31-28 lead over the Sooners in the third quarter.
If Bill Snyder and the Wildcats have done their proper research, you best bet that Kansas State won’t be letting off the gas if they build an early lead – unlike Oklahoma. An extra week of rest will be yet another benefit for the Wildcats in this one, but rest assured that Baylor might not be as bad as most fans and experts perceived them to be after ugly losses to Liberty and Texas-San Antonio in the opening weeks.
The line entering this one has Kansas State as a two-touchdown favorite. If the Week 3 loss to Vanderbilt served as a motivation for to get things fully sorted out on both sides of the ball, it’s likely the Wildcats will be just fine in this one. If it turns out they haven’t, then don’t be surprised if Baylor covers the spread on Saturday.
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