Narrowly escaping a Conference USA team at home is not good, right? I know a lot of K-State fans are very worried about the ugliness of Saturday’s outcome for the Wildcats. I mean really? Three overtimes to beat Louisiana Tech?! I, however, am weirdly hopeful. This team could turn out to be as magical and the 2011 Cardiac Cats.

How did I come to this crazy conclusion? I missed the overtime thriller. As Mike pointed out in Sunday Seconds, Saturday was just the 3rd overtime game in KSU history. I was at the first, a devastating loss in a Big 12 Championship that gives us all nightmares. I missed the one against Texas A&M in 2011, which was a 4-overtime win for the Wildcats. This past Saturday I missed all but the first quarter of the game while doing family things in the St. Louis suburbs. So the Cats are 2-1 in overtime games. The two wins during games I didn’t watch…live or on TV. The lone loss was a game I watched in person.

Saturday felt a lot like that 2011 win. It’s entirely possible the rest of the season could be very similar. The 2011 Cats played a bunch of close games. Nine of their 13 games were decided by a touchdown or less. I don’t see the 2015 Wildcats blowing out many teams. I also think this defense will keep them in lots of games. The 2011 team didn’t enter the season with high expectations from the outside. They were coming off a 7-6 season and a bowl game loss that gave this podcast its name. Yet they found ways to win and made it all the way to the Cotton Bowl. The 2015 version of K-State football has similar low expectations.

Then there’s the quarterback. Joe Hubener has drawn comparisons to Collin Klein. Some comparisons are because of his size, some because of his rather unusual route to the starting QB position and some is his raw, unpolished talent. Klein was very much a work in progress in 2011 just like Hubener is today.

Can this team also go 10-2? I would be stunned if they did. However, the 2011 team stunned me on a weekly basis (except KU week). Let’s hope this team can recapture that 2011 magic.

Go Cats! Beat OSU!

About The Author

Seth is a 2000 graduate of the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism at Kansas State. While in Manhattan he wrote for the Kansas State Collegian, reported for the Wildcat 91.9 and interned at KSNT-TV in Topeka. He teaches now, but still play with his journalism degree. Living in the middle of Missouri makes it harder to follow the Cats, but he wears enough purple to draw stares at the grocery store. Follow him on Twitter at @catbacker77

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