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Fiesta Bowl countdown: Look out, Ducks: Cats have been dominant vs. bird mascots

12/27/2012 3:45 PM

05/16/2014 8:39 PM

Observations like this one, from @camchiles3 via twitter, are why I ask for your suggestions at the bottom of the blog: “@Kellis Robinett #KState is 12-0 the last 4 yrs vs teams with bird mascots.” Thanks for the stat, Cam!

Since K-State football coach Bill Snyder re-joined the Wildcats four years ago, the Wildcats have been dominant against opponents that use birds as their mascots.

They are 4-0 (with three extremely lopsided victories) against the Kansas Jayhawks, they are 4-0 against the Iowa State Cyclones (their mascot is half bird, half tornado), they are 2-0 against the North Texas Mean Green (aka Eagles) and they have victories over Tennessee Tech and Kent State (both Golden Eagles). That’s a 12-0 record.

Throw in two more wins over the Miami Hurricanes (their mascot, Sebastian, is an American White Ibis) and the record improves to 14-0.

During the last four years, nobody has beaten up on bird mascots like Snyder. So I guess that means the Oregon Ducks need to be on high alert heading into the Fiesta Bowl.

Other mascots K-State has had success against lately: Natural disasters/storms and cattle. The Wildcats are 6-0 against Iowa State and Miami (hybrid mascots that count as natural disasters and birds) in the last four years. They are also 3-0 against the Texas Longhorns.

But Snyder hasn’t fared well against every mascot out there.

He has had the most trouble with pigs and fruit, going winless against the Syracuse Orange and the Arkansas Razorbacks. K-State also has a losing record against other large cats in recent years. Missouri took two of its last three from the Wildcats.

K-State is about .500 against humans and bear mascots in recent years. Humans (Cornhuskers, Cowboys, Red Raiders, Sooners, etc.) have handed the Wildcats the most losses, but K-State still has an overall winning record against them at 10-8. The Wildcats also have a winning record (4-3) against Bear mascots in recent years, but the Baylor Bears landed a damaging victory this season.


Next up on the countdown: Looking back at one of the plays of the year.

Last time on the countdown: A statistical look at Oregon’s only loss .

Editor’s Note: On Jan. 3, the Kansas State football team will face Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl. With that in mind, I am counting down to the big game at University of Phoenix Stadium by attempting to write 21 blog posts in 21 days. I use the word “attempting” because I can only think of so many blog ideas. I’m confident that I can go 21 for 21, but your help is appreciated. Feel free to send a blog idea (or two) my way at or via twitter @KellisRobinett.


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