Recent games across the Big 12 continue to reinforce how difficult it is to project a team’s future success.
When Kansas State started 2-4 and Texas Tech started 7-0 and Oklahoma won every game outside the Red River Rivalry, it looked like the Wildcats would be heavy underdogs against the Red Raiders and the Sooners. It seemed like they would have to sweep their less daunting matchups against West Virginia, Iowa State, TCU and Kansas to reach bowl eligibility.
Well, Texas Tech has lost back-to-back games and its 11 a.m. kickoff against K-State on Saturday is more or less a toss-up. And Baylor pounded the Sooners last night. Anyone still think the Wildcats will be overmatched against them at home?
If K-State can beat Texas Tech, that dynamic will change even further.
It won’t be easy. Jace Amaro is the best tight end in the country, and the Red Raiders are desperate for a win on senior day. But the Wildcats have momentum on their side. Make sure to wake up early for this one. It could be good.
Anyway, it’s Football Friday. Let’s get to your questions. Thanks, as always, for asking them.
@KellisRobinett are we allowed to take a moral victory from the loss to Baylor now?
— Dylon Shade (@ShadeD56) November 8, 2013
I think that is now allowed. Kansas State is the only team that has put up a fight against Baylor. And the Wildcats did a whole lot more than just put up a fight. They held a fourth-quarter lead, and came within a few secondary miscues of pulling the upset. I’ve seen people say other teams are trying to emulate K-State’s gameplan from that afternoon against Baylor — run for big yardage, control clock and stay patient. That’s telling considering K-State didn’t even win. I think someone else will play Baylor tough, especially with Tevin Reese out indefinitely, but K-State was the first team to do it.