In college it gets down to QB play. If you have a program that plays good defense you will more than likely have a winning record and be in most of your games. If you happen to have a good defense and you happen to have a QB you will have a spectacular season. (2015).
Gary Patterson is a good coach. Last year Kenny Hill was below average and TCU had a losing record. This year, Kenny Hill has played really well and they are playoff bound. The same could be said about A&M.
The really difficult thing about QB is that you never know who is going to shine. All of them look good in seven on seven or in practice with no hit QB jersey on. When the lights are on and there are bodies flying around, you see who the bonnafide dudes are. Blake Joseph looked better in seven on seven than Case Keenum. John O'Korn looked better than Greg Ward in seven on seven.
Unless you are Alabama or Ohio State, you can't overcome average to worse QB play.
I don't know what we have in King, but I would like to find out. I know he is a playmaker and that translates well to the QB position.