ESPN college football analyst Jeff Dooley just released his Top Five Surprise Teams for 2011, scanning the nation for teams that could be candidates for strong rebound seasons. After naming Iowa, Arizona State, Mississippi and California, Dooley also ranks Kansas State in the rankings at No. 3.
Specifically, Dooley praises the high-octane offense that Bill Snyder's squad exhibited in averaging 34 ppg and believes they can continue that attack. The defense, however, is the obvious issue but even that he believes could turn around. If the Wildcats are able to get over their troubles, Dooley concludes:
Still, the Wildcats boast an impressive statistical profile and were probably better than a 3-5 team in a weak Big 12. Only one of their five losses was by more than 10 points, and an improved defense could put them in the hunt.