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K-State Mailbag: Reliving close call against Baylor, predicting a shootout at Texas Tech and bacon

11/08/2013 2:27 PM

11/08/2013 2:28 PM

Recent games across the Big 12 continue to reinforce how difficult it is to project a team’s future success.

When Kansas State started 2-4 and Texas Tech started 7-0 and Oklahoma won every game outside the Red River Rivalry, it looked like the Wildcats would be heavy underdogs against the Red Raiders and the Sooners. It seemed like they would have to sweep their less daunting matchups against West Virginia, Iowa State, TCU and Kansas to reach bowl eligibility.

Well, Texas Tech has lost back-to-back games and its 11 a.m. kickoff against K-State on Saturday is more or less a toss-up. And Baylor pounded the Sooners last night. Anyone still think the Wildcats will be overmatched against them at home?

If K-State can beat Texas Tech, that dynamic will change even further.

It won’t be easy. Jace Amaro is the best tight end in the country, and the Red Raiders are desperate for a win on senior day. But the Wildcats have momentum on their side. Make sure to wake up early for this one. It could be good.

Anyway, it’s Football Friday. Let’s get to your questions. Thanks, as always, for asking them.

I think that is now allowed. Kansas State is the only team that has put up a fight against Baylor. And the Wildcats did a whole lot more than just put up a fight. They held a fourth-quarter lead, and came within a few secondary miscues of pulling the upset. I’ve seen people say other teams are trying to emulate K-State’s gameplan from that afternoon against Baylor — run for big yardage, control clock and stay patient. That’s telling considering K-State didn’t even win. I think someone else will play Baylor tough, especially with Tevin Reese out indefinitely, but K-State was the first team to do it.

With Tramaine Thompson and Tyler Lockett back in the lineup, I think K-State coaches like Jake Waters’ upside. He throws a great deep ball and he has shown he can run the ball in recent games, too. It’s a mix that helped him win the starting job in preseason practices and made him the primary quarterback against West Virginia and Iowa State. But Daniel Sams isn’t losing drastic playing time no matter what Waters does. His running and leadership skills are too good to ignore. He is also an amazing athlete. This will remain a two-quarterback system as long as both quarterbacks are healthy.

I’m quite certain K-State at Texas Tech will be a high-scoring affair. The Red Raiders have the No. 2 passing attack in the nation. The Wildcats should be able to create big plays. The only time this type of matchup doesn’t end with lots of points is when the atmosphere is enormous and both teams come out tight. I don’t see that happening here. It will be a close game. The first to 35 points might win.

Quarter hot dogs have convinced me to attend baseball games I had absolutely no interest in. So probably. Kudos to K-State for coming up with the idea of giving away 300 pounds of bacon to students. I thought it sounded silly when it was originally announced, but the promotion has gone viral and people are talking about women’s basketball.

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