1. Business as usual? It might be good that the 'Cats are on the road again this week. With the business trip like approach they have been using when traveling may bode well for them. Keep an eye on body language, approach and calmness as the 'Cats take the field early on. Is it spot on, or is it over the top and bordering cocky? I don't think we'll have to worry about the latter, but being away from the 'at home' distractions might help KSU get the job done to set up the biggest game in the history of the school post Turkey day.
2. Who makes the first mistake and when does it happen? For Baylor to have a shot, I have to think they will have to play out of their minds, and have season best performances at least on the defensive side and the special teams. If their offense plays an average game by their standards on top of the other two, they certainly have a shot. But with that being said, turnovers make or break either proposition. Should the 'Cats turn it over early, it feeds the frenzy of the possibility of the impossible happening. But if Nick Florance throws and INT, like he's shown he can (as only 5 other D1 QBs have thrown more this season), the rhythm is broken which Baylor relies on.
3. What persona does this team take on with all of the injuries? I have to think we see much more TE sets and less 5 wide sets. But maybe we see some creative substitutions like a 5 wide set that includes a John Hubbert and/or Angelo Pease. Also look for who the second returner might be aside Tramaine Thompson. Chris Harper? DeMarcus Robinson? Who knows?
4. And lastly, the law of averages. If the K-state factor^ is lived up by season averages, aside from the special teams and turnover situations mentioned above, expect the Bears to get flagged twice as much as K-state.
^K-State factor = the study of what a team does in turnovers, penalties and special teams aside from their Offense and Defensive stats.