Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Week Ahead: Kansas State, Oklahoma State hope to bounce back from road losses


It no longer looks like the most difficult game on the schedule, but Kansas State’s upcoming matchup with Oklahoma State will be a challenge for both teams.

The Wildcats are trying to get back above .500 following a deflating loss at Texas. The No. 20 Cowboys are hoping to prove their surprising loss at West Virginia was a fluke.

Both teams think they are better than their record indicates. The winner of Saturday’s game at Boone Pickens Stadium will strengthen their argument. The loser will have a lot to prove.

Here is a look at that and everything else you need to know about the week ahead:
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Sunday Rewind: Texas 31, K-State 21

Kansas State players seemed to take this loss harder than the opener. The Wildcats came into the game with what they thought was a strong gameplan. They were confident they could hurt Texas for big plays the same way past teams have. They fully expected to win. Instead, the Longhorns jumped out to a big lead and won 31-21.

Bill Snyder said he was “extremely” disappointed with his team’s execution and said more leadership is needed.

Players said they needed to use the upcoming bye week to fix problems before heading off for another difficult game at Oklahoma State.

The next few days will be important. How will K-State respond from a loss in its conference opener?

And with that, here is a look at all that and more in this week’s Sunday Rewind:
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Football Friday: Kansas State has owned Texas, but is the streak really that weird?

It’s time for another Football Friday. This feels like the biggest one of the year.

Kansas State will take on Texas at 7 p.m. on Saturday in Austin. It will be an important game for both teams. It is the conference opener for both sides, the Longhorns are desperately trying to get back on track and the Wildcats are hoping they can continue owning the series.

That seems like more than enough buildup. Now on to your questions:


Here’s the way I look at the streak: Is it odd that Kansas State, a team from the old Big 12 North with a 50,000-seat stadium, is the only team in the conference with a winning overall record against Texas? Yes. Is it strange that Ron Prince, a coach with a losing record who went 2-8 against ranked opponents at K-State, was undefeated against the Longhorns and beat them when they were ranked No. 4 and No. 7? Hell yes. Is it bizarre that K-State has beaten Texas three straight times since Bill Snyder came out of retirement? No. The Wildcats have been the stronger team since 2010, going 30-12 while Texas has hovered above .500 at 23-18.

That much is evident by the way they have won their last two home games in the series, 39-14 in 2010 and 42-24 last year. Those “We own Texas” chants have been justified. The last three wins were no fluke. The first two victories (Colt McCoy got hurt in 2006 and K-State scored on an interception return, a kickoff return and a punt return in 2007) were. K-State has also benefited from avoiding Texas in 2008 and 2009, when the Longhorns were the far superior program. But that’s the way it worked out, and K-State hasn’t lost to Texas since 2003. Is there magic involved? Maybe a little at the beginning, but the last three wins were expected.
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The Week Ahead: K-State hopes for sixth straight win over struggling Texas


Kansas State and Texas are teams heading in opposite directions.

The Wildcats have bounced back well from an opening loss with back-to-back wins and seem to have their running game back on track just in time for the start of Big 12 play.

The Longhorns have lost back-to-back games in embarrassing fashion (they let BYU and Mississippi combine for more than 800 rushing yards) and it seems like everyone and their dog is calling for longtime coach Mack Brown to resign.

It would seem as though K-State is catching Texas at the right time. There is one amazing soap-opera going down in Austin right now. But maybe this is the week the Longhorns figure out how to defend the zone read. Las Vegas oddsmakers clearly think that much is possible, as they have made Texas a four-point favorite.

One thing is for sure: This is a very important game for both teams. The winner will start the Big 12 season with a victory and pick up valuable momentum heading into important stretches. The loser will need to climb out of a hole. K-State has shown progress in its past two games, but the Wildcats don’t have much room for error at 2-1 with a trip to Oklahoma State up next. Texas is already in a world of hurt at 1-2. You have to wonder if players would quit on Brown after another loss.

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Sunday Rewind: K-State 37, UMass 7


Kansas State’s 37-7 victory over Massachusetts went as expected. The Wildcats were heavy favorites, and they trounced the lowly Minutemen in a game that was never close in the second half.

There were good plays. There were bad plays. You could take this game in a number of different ways.

For now, let’s just focus on the most pertinent question: Is K-State ready for its Big 12 opener against Texas?

On one hand, the Wildcats could use some work on defense. And Jake Waters needs to stop throwing interceptions. On the other hand, what’s going on in Austin right now is a soap-opera. The Longhorns are coming off back-to-back brutal losses and the fan base is furious. Coming off back-to-back wins, the Wildcats are in much better shape.

Again, you could answer the question in a number of different ways.

Here is what K-State coach Bill Snyder said Saturday night: “We need to get a whole lot better real quick. Real quick. Texas is good. I understand they are going through some tough times, but don’t dare underestimate the University of Texas. They will be a handful for anybody.”

And with that, here is a look at all that and more in this week’s Sunday Rewind:
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Football Friday: Tre Walker, John Hubert, a schedule switch and Bill Snyder in a visor

Kansas State takes on Massachusetts at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

That means it’s time for another Football Friday.

The Wildcats are favored by 39 and should win easy. They will play two quarterbacks. Backups should see time in the second half.

That’s all the introduction we need. Let’s get to your questions:


Many have second-guessed the timing of the North Dakota State game. Looking back, I’m sure K-State would have preferred to open with someone else. The Bison, despite their affiliation with the FCS, were the strongest nonconference opponent on K-State’s schedule. UMass would have been a much softer opening opponent. In an ideal world, K-State would have switched those games and be preparing to face North Dakota State as we speak. But those dates are planned years in advance. That being said, I think the Wildcats would probably beat the Bison if they played now. They generally start slow (barely beating Eastern Kentucky and UMass in past openers) and improve with each week. But it would still be a difficult game. North Dakota State is a fine football team that out-played K-State three weeks ago. One computer poll ranked it 35th at the end of last season, and a senior-laden roster returned. That team is dangerous. It would have been a competitive game regardless of when it was played.
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TCU quarterback caught wearing Kansas State sleeve during game vs. Texas Tech

If you look closely at Trevone Boykin’s wrist, you can see a K-State logo. (photo credit: Dave Smoller)

Kansas State football apparel has apparently become so popular that other Big 12 teams are now sporting the powercat during games.

Several K-State fans caught TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin wearing a K-State arm sleeve while playing against Texas Tech last night and flooded social media with screen grabs of the uniform snafu.

It is hard to spot from a distance. Both TCU and K-State wear purple, so the purple-and-white sleeve doesn’t seem out of the ordinary. But look close and you can definitely see powercat logo.

And you probably thought the strangest thing about last night’s game was a fox running loose on the field.


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The Week Ahead: Kansas State expected to roll against lowly Massachusetts

Kansas State is a 39-point favorite against Massachusetts. It should get plenty of opportunities to celebrate another win on Saturday.

Kansas State addressed several areas of concern during a 48-27 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette last weekend.

It should be able to get totally right against Massachusetts on Saturday.

The Minutemen are coming off a shutout-loss at Wisconsin and a home loss to Maine, a Football Championship Subdivision opponent. Wildcats football coach Bill Snyder likes to get his backups on the field during nonconference games. K-State should be able to build a nice lead and get plenty of new faces out there in this one. The better it plays, the earlier it can begin looking ahead to its Big 12 opener at Texas.

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Bill Snyder’s latest hand-written note is well-received at North Dakota State

Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder loves to write notes, and his latest one was a classy gesture that is now being shared across the Internet.

Following a loss to North Dakota State, Snyder mailed the following letter to Bison quarterback Brock Jensen. Apologies if you’ve already seen it.


On Monday, Snyder was asked about the note.

His reply: “I do it after virtually every ballgame.”

Sunday Rewind: K-State 48, Louisiana 27


It was an up-and-down game for Kansas State. The Wildcats raced to a 34-3 lead early in the second half, but had to hang on in the fourth quarter after Louisiana-Lafayette pulled to within 14.

The result was much better than a week ago, and players think it was a step in the right direction. There was a lot to like. With lowly Massachusetts up next, K-State will almost certainly enter Big 12 play at 2-1.

Question is: can it become a more consistent team by then? K-State played poorly at times on Saturday, so there is plenty of room for improvement. As Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudpseth pointed out afterward: If you take away the three touchdowns that came on special teams and defense, it was a fairly even game. The Wildcats should remain motivated during practice this week.

A look at all that and more in this week’s Sunday Rewind:
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