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Big 12 Football Power Rankings | #6 Kansas St. Wildcats

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Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas St. Wildcats spent a portion of their season determining who would emerge as the quarterback. As the race heated up Jake Waters and Daniel Sams duked it out, it was the JUCO Transfer that won out. Can Waters continue to progress heading into 2014?

#6 Kansas St Wildcats

2013 Finish | 8-5 (5-4)

The running ability of the two quarterbacks expected to earn playing time this upcoming season should make up for the loss of running back, John Hubert. In the typical run oriented offense of KSU, DeMarcus Robinson has some big shoes to fill as not only the starting RB, but also the backup in Robert Rose have moved on. Remember, the Wildcats are also losing three starting offensive lineman, but never underestimate the coaching job of one Bill Snyder.

Regardless of what is happening in the backfield, there is hope knowing that Tyler Lockett returns to the field yet again to terrorize opponents. As possibly the most outstanding player in the conference, Lockett is a threat not only in the receiving game but also on special teams. While teams can game plan against him, there really is no stopping the talent and athleticism of the standout legacy to Kansas St.

Defensively, KSU is losing Ty Zimmerman and Tre Walker...two reasons the defense has been as successful as they have ben recently. Finding replacements will be difficult but not impossible.

All in all, the line looks to be the weakness but if they can provide ample time for the quarterbacks to find a guy like Locket, the Wildcats could find themselves in a few closer games than some expected.