MANHATTAN, Kan. - West Virginia truly has no idea what to expect from Kansas State's offense today.
That's common and almost cliché when it comes to some teams, especially those that play two diverse-in-style quarterbacks.
But there are extenuating circumstances today that make Kansas State's offensive direction a notch above hard to predict - they make it virtually impossible.
Consider that Jake Waters has started every game this season for Kansas State (2-4, 0-3 Big 12). He's a junior college transfer who throws the football. A lot.
Consider, too, that Daniel Sams has relieved Waters in every game. He's a sophomore who runs the football. A lot.
Kansas State's two most recent games would seem to suggest a heavy dose of Sams today. After running the ball 27 times and throwing just four passes in the first four games, Sams has run 57 times and thrown it 28 in just the last two. Waters, meanwhile, has passed for just 88 yards the last two games after throwing for 948 the first four.
In other words, all the trends would seem to point toward K-State relying more on Sams. And that might be true.
But consider, too, that for the past two games the Wildcats have been without - or with the limited services of - receivers Tyler Lockett and Tramaine Thompson. Both are expected to play today when West Virginia (3-4, 1-3) arrives for a 3:45 p.m. game.
So do the Wildcats continue to ride the legs of Sams or do they allow Waters to air it out now that he has his two best targets?
Chances are, the answer is a bit of both, but who knows?
"It does start with the quarterback [Sams] making things happen with his feet,'' West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said. "But if they have the receivers back they may end up putting the other quarterback in there and throwing to those guys the whole time. So we're going to have to adjust."