Charlotte vs Kansas State, live stream 2017. Charlotte at Kansas State preview: keys to the game, prediction
This is a mismatch. K-State is coming off a 55-19 victory over Central Arkansas, while Charlotte lost its first game to Eastern Michigan 24-7. Bill Snyder has been coaching the Wildcats (26 years) much longer than the 49ers have played football (five years). For K-State, this game is all about staying healthy and moving to 2-0. Last week was a tough FCS opponent. Tomorrow is the real cupcake. But you can bet Bill Snyder’s not overlooking them, as a couple of Wildcats are coming home. This is the easiest game on K-State’s schedule. As long as the Wildcats take the 49ers seriously, which they should do considering who their coach is, the rout should be on by halftime.
Kansas State (1-0, 0-0 Big 12, 19/19) hosts the North Carolina-Charlotte 49ers (0-1, 0-0 CUSA). This is the first meeting between the two schools, which shouldn’t be a surprise since Charlotte’s been playing football for about 20 minutes. The 49ers began their program in 2013 as an FCS program, immediately announcing their intention to move up to FBS. After two years in FCS and one transitional year, this is Charlotte’s second season as a full-fledged FBS program. Linebacker Jeff Gemmell did a little bit of everything in the 49ers first game. He made 14 tackles, including two for loss, and consistently got pressure on the quarterback.
Charlotte, of course, has major ties to K-State. Dominique Heath and Mitch Lochbihler are both natives of the Charlotte area, and starting 49er wide receiver T.L. Ford II was originally a K-State commit before signing with Charlotte. But most importantly, 49er head coach Brad Lambert and defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt were teammates at K-State in the mid-1980s.