If Kansas State reaches a bowl game, the Texas Bowl could be its destination

The Kansas State football team hasn’t played in front of a bowl representative this season, but that will soon change.

With the Wildcats at 4-4 after back-to-back blowout victories, they look more like a team that will qualify for the postseason than a team that might reach bowl eligibility.

It’s still early, of course. With four games remaining they could finish anywhere from 8-4 to 4-8. They could play in a nice postseason game. They might not make the postseason at all.

But it’s never too early to examine where K-State might end up if it finishes with six or more victories. So let’s give it a whirl.

At this point, there are three main possibilities. The Texas Bowl looks like the early favorite. The Holiday Bowl could become an option if K-State finishes strong. The Pinstripe Bowl is a long shot.

I suppose the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl is also a slight possibility, but K-State would need to finish 8-4 and receive help to move up that high.
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Kansas State football will benefit from a home-heavy, travel-friendly schedule

If you have access to a car, you can easily attend all 12 of Kansas State’s football games this season.

Perhaps that’s the best way to describe just how travel-friendly the Wildcats’ schedule will be this year.

It features eight home games and only three trips across state lines. And it is one of the main reasons many believe K-State will exceed preseason expectations, which have the Wildcats qualifying for a middle-tier bowl and finishing sixth in the Big 12 standings.

Let’s take a closer look at the schedule perks: K-State will benefit from five conference home games, as opposed to four last year, and play all three of its nonconference games at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

K-State hasn’t played eight home games since 2006, when Ron Prince had his lone winning season and the Wildcats reached the Texas Bowl. The last time it happened during the Snyder era was 2002, when the Wildcats won 11 games and beat Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl.

This is the type of schedule Snyder prefers. He has been building toward it since he returned to the sidelines in 2009 and only played six home games in his first two seasons back.
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An updated look at bowl possibilities

So much has happened since we blogged about Kansas State’s bowl possibilities last week that the Dallas Football Classic is now the TicketCity Bowl.

Personally, I’m torn on the name change. The old name was sponsor free, which is always a plus. But it wasn’t even technically a bowl. And how could it be a Classic if its first game is yet to be played?

I digress.

There are many other big changes to discuss. Mainly that K-State became bowl eligible by pounding Texas last week. With Colorado and North Texas (two teams suffering through seasons so bad that they have already fired their coaches) remaining on the schedule, most are projecting the Wildcats to finish 8-4.

In their weekly bowl projections, Sports Illustrated, Rivals and ESPN think K-State is headed to the Holiday Bowl. But another expert believes K-State is on its way to the Pinstripe Bowl.

But with three games remaining, there are plenty of possibilities out there.
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Bowls starting to show interest in K-State

The Kansas State Wildcats still need to win two more games to become bowl eligible, but if they do their part it appears at least three bowl games will be interested in them.

Representatives from the Texas and Holiday Bowls have requested credentials to attend Kansas State’s next two home games against Kansas and Missouri. And the Insight Bowl had someone at the Wildcats’ first game of the season.

Playing in front of bowl representatives is nothing new or extraordinary in college football. They travel around the country and watch all sorts of teams (good and bad) but this is a positive sign for Kansas State. No bowl representatives were in Manhattan to watch it defeat Colorado on Saturday.