LAFAYETTE, La. — I respect the heck out of the little guy. I respect the heck out of the Sun Belt conference. I even respect the heck out of the teeny-tiny crowd of about 16,000 people who braved the moderately wet weather at Cajun Field on Saturday to watch Louisiana-Lafayette beat Kansas State 17-15.
But despite all that, this was a loss the Wildcats could ill afford.
With a surging UCLA team up next, it’s looking like Kansas State will only come out of the nonconference portion of its schedule with a 2-2 record. And only one of those wins will count toward bowl eligibility because Massachusetts and Tennessee Tech belong to the Football Championship Subdivision.
Not that a whole lot of Wildcats fans were thinking about the postseason after this loss, but reaching a bowl game now looks like quite the chore.