K-State goes old school with UTSA series

Bill Snyder wants Kansas State’s future nonconference schedules to look like its old ones.

Of this, he has made no secret.

He wants to play beatable (preferably very beatable) opponents, he wants to play them at home and he wants to parlay that combination into a bowl trip.

Such a strategy may no longer be possible for the Wildcats on a yearly basis — what with the price of guarantee games soaring higher than $1 million, and all — but K-State certainly turned back the clock on its football schedule today by announcing a future three-game series with Texas-San Antonio.

UTSA, a start-up football program that won’t play a regulation game next season and will have to wait until 2015 to be a full-fledged member of the Football Bowl Subdivision, is one of the biggest cream puffs on the market.

The Roadrunners are led by former Miami coach (destroyer?) Larry Coker, and face years of challenges before they will be able to field a squad that can compete with teams from the Big 12.

Yet the Wildcats will play them three times (twice at Snyder Family Stadium on Sept. 27, 2014 and Sept. 15, 2018, and once at the Alamodome on Sept. 12, 2015) with all three games counting toward bowl eligibility.

That means two home games, a trip to a nice stadium in a fantastic town and three likely victories. I think Snyder is happy with that arrangement.

As for other future games currently listed on K-States’ athletic Web site against Auburn, Virginia Tech, Miami and Oregon? Not so much.

It’s up to the rest of us to enjoy those.