The More You Know...About Kansas St.
The Canes are 1-0, but now they gotta get ready for Kansas St. (1-0). Let's take a look at what we're in for.
Two crazy things about this game (and last years) was that former Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt was approached by Kansas St. to cancel this series when Bill Snyder was re-hired. Snyder detests big non-conference games against quality opponents. Hocutt told them no, citing that an acceptable replacement couldn't be found in time. What? Was Charleston Southern booked already?. We're still paying a price for that guys ass-hattery in more ways than one. Oh and remember this?
Where, besides Miami, would you ever see a game delayed because of a swarm of dragonflies? Get the **** out of here man. We should be so lucky if dragonflies were our biggest concern this Saturday.
1. Where they are in the standings/rankings:
Division I FBS Independents
Our first ranked opponent of the year (21st). Last year we thought we were going to smash these guys...yikes. Now they're ranked and we're chest bumping because we put 41 on Boston College. Kansas St. is coming off a win over Missouri St. Here's what people who are dumb enough to care said about it:
AP said:The Wildcats and Bears traded field goals throughout the first 30 minutes, and nationally ranked Kansas State had just a 9-6 advantage going into halftime.
It was not until 7:06 remained in the third quarter that the Wildcats got the ball into the end zone, and the 18-yard strike from Klein to Chris Harper proved to be the turning point - Missouri State simply couldn't keep up with the Wildcats' sudden scoring.
The late surge that followed let a sellout crowd of 50,007 to relax, assured Kansas State wouldn't need more late-game antics in an opener against a middling opponent. It took a late TD pass from Klein to beat Eastern Kentucky last season.
Read that last sentence in the quoted section again, don't be fooled by the bad start Kansas St. had. Remember how confident we were last year? "Lulz...they barely beat Eastern Kentucky!" Don't fall for that **** again.
2. What happened the last time Miami played Kansas St.?
From the Palm Beach Post:
No game is won or lost on one play, but that whole goal-to-go series was Exhibit A in the case that the team was too weak at the point of attack. UM was down 14-3 at the half, and Jacory fought off boos from the crowd and started leading us back. Problem was the defense couldn't get off the field, a recurring theme last year (and last week). The most embarrassing moment to me was when Collin Klein pulled a fucking Tebow jump-pass out of his rear end for a touchdown. The pass went right over Ramon Buchanan, who looked like he wanted to kill himself after it happened.Jorge Millian said:UM (1-2) had four chances to score the go-ahead touchdown from Kansas State's 2-yard line in the game's waning moments. An incomplete pass and two runs by tailback Mike James were unsuccessful, setting up fourth-and-goal.
According to Harris, the final play had three options: a shovel pass, a pass to the corner of the end zone or a quarterback keeper. Harris chose the last option after finding his receivers covered.
"If he's going to run it there, he has to score," coach Al Golden said.
3. Who to be scared of:
Jesus tap-dancing Christ this isn't even a debate. Klein was balls deep in D'Onofrio's mouth last year. We had no answer for him whatsoever and I expect more of the same. He was 12/18 for 133 yards and 2 touchdowns. Nothing big down the field, most of his passing yards came on these option passes out of the zone read where he holds the ball until the last minute, and then passes to someone in the flat. Combine that with his 22 carries for 96 yards and 1 rushing touchdown, and you've got a 6'5" 226lbs. monster under center. His biggest play occurred on 3rd and long, backed up inside his own 5 yard line. He just decides to pick up the 1st down by scrambling right up the middle...untouched...for a 26 yard gain.
4. Player that will score against us:
The way our defense showed complete disregard for backs coming out of the backfield, and leaving them wide open in the flats against Boston College, this is a pretty easy choice. Hubert was 30 yards shy of 1,000 this past season. If that wasn't enough to convince you, his 18 carries for 166 yards and a touchdown against us last time should be all you need to know that this guy is going hurt us. He's not that big (5'7" 191lbs.) but that didn't seem to matter when he raced for a 47 yard run down the sideline against us last year.
5. Person that will piss you off:
This has nothing to do with him as a person (other than allegedly beating the **** out of his girlfriend while at Miami) and everything to do with how well he's played since transferring. Dude was an honorable mention for All-American and 1st team all big-12 back in pre-season. This guy couldn't buy playing time here, that's how little Randy Shannon thought of him. I'm getting angry about Randy again just thinking about it. You will too when he makes some huge stop on 3rd down this Saturday. On second thought, **** Arthur. This asshole ratted us out for **** he took from Shapiro and then sang like a canary once the NCAA came calling. Eat a bag of dicks ****-face. Dammit I'm mad. By the way, did you know that, "dammit I'm mad" is "dammit I'm mad" spelled backwards?
6. Official Internet meme for this game:
Bill O'Reilly You Can't Explain That
Kansas State has opened up as a 7 point favorite, sounds about right. This game could get ugly, but I think we'll see a repeat of last year where it comes down to the final possession. We'll see.