The first half of the season didn’t go the way Kansas State hoped it would.
First came an unexpected loss to North Dakota State. Next came narrow defeats against Texas, Oklahoma State and Baylor. The result is a 2-4 overall record and three-straight losses in Big 12.
With a favorable closing schedule, the Wildcats are hoping for a stronger second half and another trip to a bowl game. Both certainly seem possible. They have the look of an improving football team (fourth-quarter leads over ranked teams in back-to-back games and solid defensive numbers) but they need to learn how to win close games.
The journey begins on Saturday against West Virginia, a team that has looked excellent at home and shaky on the road.
Here is a look at that and everything else you need to know about the week ahead: