Wildcat Formation: Big 12 Season Edition PowercatRyan October 3, 2014 Features, Wildcat Formation Fridays at The Salute After a very early season game at Iowa State, the Wildcats are back to finish off the Big 12. You know that we always have to start off our Big 12 seasons on the road, that’s just the Kansas State tradition. The Big 12 offices accidentally did us a favor, however, when they gave us Iowa State and Texas Tech to start the season. Now there’s no way they could have known that Kingsbury’s Tech team would fall off a Kliff in his second year as head coach, but that’s what seems to have happened. An offensive guru in his own mind, Kingsbury excelled at Texas A&M for one season with a Heisman Trophy winning QB. That QB went on to suffer a sophomore slump and now Tech is following that trend. You can’t really blame Texas Tech’s offense, they are still putting up the same, ridiculous numbers they had when Kliff’s coach Mike Leach was there. You can blame their defense though. They rank 117 out of 128 FBS schools in points allowed per game with 38.8 and 101st in total defense. The murderer’s row schedule they have played includes games against Central Arkansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma State and a team K-State’s defense crushed, UTEP. All of this has me supremely confident in our ability to score. Maybe we can see the offense we all talked about coming into the 2014 season. I am ready to see us start clicking out of the gates and not squander great field position opportunities before throwing the throttle down. Another interesting wrinkle in all of this is our defense. The last two games have us looking like an elite defense. My worry is the passing defense. Auburn and UTEP are run-heavy programs and we have proven we can stop that. One thing that we really haven’t been tested on is our pass defense. Boy will we be tested. That’s the nature of the Big 12 now and we get thrown right into the thick of it. If you remember back to the Auburn game, they had a few receivers get open, but just couldn’t make the connection. Iowa State’s Sam Richardson threw for 185 yards on with a 70% completion percentage in our first Big 12 game of the season. So that aspect of our defense will need to show up. One thing that Mike covered yesterday in his “Tale of the Tape” was Tech’s elite ability to garner penalties and penalty yardage. Texas Tech averages 11.5 penalties for 105.5 yards per game. That’s a lot of drive stalling or drive continuing penalties. Kansas State does not usually beat themselves, but so far this season Texas Tech has kept their opponents in the game. I can’t wait to see all of you at “The Bill” tomorrow. I can’t wait for another afternoon tailgate and night game and I hope the students are thinking the same thing. I won’t be upset if the students decide to leave at half again as long as the score is similar to the UTEP game, which I believe it may be. Let’s get another Big 12 win and stay in first place!