Football Friday: The Big 12′s best ranting coaches, Jake Waters, Daniel Sams, Robert Rose and the challenge of Oklahoma State

It’s time for another Football Friday.

Kansas State will take on Oklahoma State in the classic Big 12 game of the Week time slot at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday in Stillwater. Both teams are coming off road losses, so this game will be crucial to both teams.

Thanks again for all the questions. Let’s get to them:

This might be my favorite Football Friday question yet. The Big 12 has witnessed some epic coaching rants in recent years. We all remember Mark Mangino bringing up dollar signs. Bo Pelini was probably the all-time best ranter. I mean, he was always ranting about something, even Nebraska fans. Mike Leach once blamed a loss on his players’ “fat little girlfriends.” That was probably the best single rant. It was funny and he didn’t criticize officials. Alas, those three coaches are no longer in the Big 12. Of the current 10 coaches in the league, the top-ranter award has to go to Mike Gundy.

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Postgame: Nebraska 48, K-State 13


By now I’m guessing you all either saw the game or watched the Taylor Martinez highlight reel on Sportscenter this morning. It was an ugly night for the Kansas State football team, and a big party for Nebraska.

No need for a longer lead in than that. Let’s move on to the good, bad and interesting.

1. Josh Cherry booted two long field goals in a game that carried a lot of pressure for him. K-State’s kicker is from Nebraska, you see, and wanted to perform well in front of friends and family. He kicked field goals of 46 and 48 yards.

Afterward he was asked if he considered himself the Wildcats’ only bright spot of the night. He laughed, and gave credit to all his special teammates.
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Gameday Preview: Nebraska at K-State


Kansas State and Nebraska have played each other almost 100 times over the years. The Cornhuskers have won the vast majority of those games, but the Wildcats have made things interesting since Bill Snyder’s arrival.

Talk to any K-State fan about the greatest wins in program history, and you will hear victories over Nebraska in 98, 2000 and 2003 mentioned right up there with K-State 35, Oklahoma 7.

This is a rivalry, and the sellout crowd at Snyder Family Stadium tonight will once again show just how heated a rivalry it can be when both teams are playing well.

Adding to the excitement is the fact that Nebraska is on its way out of the conference to the Big Ten. Some K-State fans are happy to see the Huskers go, others will miss them. But everyone agrees they want to send Nebraska on their way with a loss.

The final Big 12 game between these teams should be a good one.
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Looking ahead to Gameday: Nebraska

Nebraska Big Test Football

Editor’s note: In preparation of the upcoming football season, K-Stated will look ahead to all 12 games on the Wildcats’ 2010 schedule. Next up, Central Florida.

Before Nebraska joins the Big 10 it must first finish out its final season in the Big 12.

It will be an interesting year for the Cornhuskers. Most college football experts have declared them the favorites to win the Big 12 North, and some are even predicting them to win the conference championship game.

With a strong defense returning, Nebraska has reason to be hopeful. But its final tour of the Big 12 won’t be as easy as a walk in the park. Opposing fans are going to treat the Cornhuskers poorly on their way out the door, and opposing teams will want to beat them one final time.
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Now at the podium: Nebraska

Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini put a damper on his press conference by saying he would not answer questions about leaving for the Big 10 Conference, but he still had some interesting things to say.

After pointing out several times that it’s “business as usual” at Nebraska, Pelini said he may think about how neat it could be to play Penn State and Michigan on a regular basis next year. But the Cornhuskers’ only focus this season is on the Big 12.

He believes the conference shift hasn’t hurt recruiting, and said that he’s “gotten a good response” from the players he’s targeting.
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