1. Kansas State made the most of its season after a 2-4 start.
The year started with an unexpected loss to North Dakota State and Big 12 play began with three straight setbacks, but none of that stopped K-State from finishing the regular season with a winning record. Thanks to a 5-1 finish, the Wildcats will spend December preparing for a respectable bowl game (most likely the Holiday Bowl, but possibly the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl). They will also head into the offseason with momentum. K-State coach Bill Snyder deserves credit for keeping his players focused after a slow start. The Wildcats are the fourth team in Big 12 history to reach bowl eligibility after a 2-4 start.
“I’m proud of the fact that they have come back,” Snyder said, “that they didn’t give into it and they tried to move in a different direction. But you remember the losses. The biggest margin was 10 points and I don’t think there was a ballgame that we played where we didn’t have our chances. That’s a frustrating experience … I appreciate the young people in our program and the kind of pride we have in each and every one of them.”