Fiesta Bowl Countdown: Oregon’s offense reminds K-State of Baylor

Kansas State safety Jarard Milo was asked to compare Oregon to a team he faced this season in the Big 12.

It didn’t take him long to answer.

“When we look at their film we kind of see Baylor,” Milo said. “We also see of the other teams we faced. They have a very fast-paced offense. They have good players, too, but when we look at them we see some of the other teams we have gone against.”

Preparing for a juggernaut offense is nothing new for the Wildcats. That’s part of life in the Big 12. Earlier this season, West Virginia looked so unstoppable behind Geno Smith that Bill Snyder joked his gameplan centered on him being kidnapped. Texas Tech throws the ball as well as anyone. Oklahoma State churned out yards despite three quarterbacks this year. And Baylor became an offensive force behind Nick Florence and Lache Seastrunk.

K-State fared well against most of that competition. It made West Virginia look bad, dominated Texas Tech and only needed Collin Klein for 35 minutes against Oklahoma State. But Baylor got the best of the Wildcats.

The Bears wasted no time between plays, rushing to the line and snapping the ball every few seconds (just like Oregon), and took advantage of Ty Zimmerman’s injury. Baylor threw deep, ran effectively and handed the Wildcats their only loss.

That could mean bad news for K-State in the Fiesta Bowl, but Milo thinks the defense learned a lot from that game.

“They have a good offense, but we aren’t going to get nervous about it,” Milo said. “A lot of the things they do are similar to some of the other teams we’ve already seen. With their spread offense, we are used to that.”
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When bad haircuts help a football team

As the Kansas State football team got deeper and deeper into fall training camp, coaches decided to reward players with a handful of shorter practices and a pool party.

That gave the Wildcats extra time to unwind and relax. It also gave them time away from the football field in which to bond as a group.

“Coach let us get our legs back and off the field a little bit,” said senior safety Tysyn Hartman. “We had the chance to come closer together as a team.”

Still, none of that could compare to what helped K-State players become better friends while living together in dorms: Haircuts.

Bad ones. Horrific looks you only allow when you know your head will be covered up with a helmet most of the time.

“Everybody new to camp got one,” senior cornerback David Garrett said. “Some of us made players look kind of presentable. A few people on offense just gave buzz cuts. The defense gave a bunch of forest cuts around the head. They were pretty bad.”
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