December 20, 2019
By: Your Call Inc.
K-State Wildcats Offensive Preview
On New Year’s Eve at 2:45pm CST on ESPN, the Kansas State WIldcats will aim for their 10th Bowl Game victory against Malcolm Perry and the Navy Midshipmen. The AutoZone Liberty Bowl is the first bowl game to deploy Your Call’s patented predictive technology, and this matchup will serve as a great introduction for fans looking to predict, compete and win cash prizes.
Strategy to Follow
Kansas State didn’t blow anyone away with their offensive production this season. Their offense put up 1,000 fewer total yards than the Midshipmen, but when you consider that Navy was an outlier and ranked inside the Top 25 in total offense this year, that doesn’t seem like too much of a concern.
The Wildcats still know how to put up points and they’ve hung with the best teams in the country in 2019. A 48-41 victory over powerhouse Oklahoma and a 27-17 rivalry game win over Iowa State to close out the season stand out.
Red Zone offense is where K-State finds the majority of its success. Ranked 2nd in the country (with Navy close behind at #3), the wildcats have scored on 48 of 50 red zone trips this season with 27 of those being rushing touchdowns. Look for the Wildcats to keep the ball on the ground as they near the end zone where they tend to use their big offensive line to their advantage and run the ball in.
Players to Look For
From one electrictric quarterback to another. Skylar Thompson of the Wildcats differs from Malcolm Perry in that he throws the ball more frequently. However,that’s not to say that they are a pass-heavy offense. In fact, Thompson has 402 rushing yards himself on the season which is second on the team behind featured back, James Gilbert.
Thompson’s 2,191 yards through the air is more than double that of Navy’s Malcolm Perry but still far from ranking in the upper tier of passing numbers in 2019. K-State will undoubtedly throw the ball more often than Navy but the majority of their plays will be run plays.
How to Predict
K-State’s more balanced attack will make predicting the plays accurately a bit more difficult than with Navy. When the Wildcats are on offense, we recommend following a more traditional approach to guessing the play type. Runs in a lot of first down and short yardage situations and passes on long conversion attempts.
But once again, separating yourself from the pack will come down to getting a read on where the offense is finding success and where they are struggling. Adjust your strategy throughout the game depending on how each team is performing so you can rack up the extra points by predicting the play results in tier 3.
We expect December 31st to be an excellent matchup of two differing styles of football, so be sure to tune in at 2:45pm CST to predict the plays live during the AutoZone Liberty Bowl!