Catbacker Commentary: Projecting the Bowl Projections Seth November 18, 2014 Catbacker Commentary, Features Tuesdays on The Salute College football has a playoff system this year, but only four teams will be invited. So for the majority of college football teams and fans the goal still is to make it to a bowl game. When I was a student Kansas State went to the Cotton, Fiesta, Alamo and Holiday. I attended the first three and had a blast, even though we lost two of them. What I’ve always loved is the bowl projections. One of the great things about bowls is playing a school that you didn’t originally schedule. Lat year it was so cool to see the Wildcats matched up against traditional powerhouse Michigan. I’ve dug through the various projections online and here’s a few potential matchups for K-State: Alamo Bowl vs UCLA Projected by ESPN, Sports Illustrated and USA Today I don’t love it. We’ve been to the Alamo before, although it was a very long time ago. Another negative is our recent history vs the Bruins. KSU and UCLA split a home and home series in 2009 and 2010. There are students at both schools that were around for those games. The Wildcats have a chance to take an all-time series lead against a school from a “Power 5” conference. Another positive, the game is on January 2nd. That means more valuable practice time for the program and I’ll be back from vacation in time to see the game at home. vs Arizona Projected by CBS I like this matchup better. Wildcats versus Wildcats. K-State and Arizona have met seven times in football. The Wildcats from the desert lead the series 5-1-1. The last matchup was in 1978. I was a mere infant that didn’t even know what football was at the time. The teams met 3 times in the 1960s and once in each of the previous decades. Again, there’s the January 2nd thing that I like, too. Liberty Bowl vs Missouri Projected by Phil Steele Phil Steele gets it. Pairing two former conference rivals is a great way to increase ticket sales. It’s an easy drive for both schools, too. About five hours from Columbia or nine from Manhattan. Then there’s the history between the schools. Mizzou holds a 60-32-5 edge over K-State. The Cats did win the last meeting 24-7 in Manhattan back in 2011. I’m not a fan of the December 29th date. Those games are so easily overlooked nationally. Plus, I won’t be home yet. Russell Athletic vs Duke Projected by SB Nation Uh, what bowl? Apparently, it started as the Raycom Bowl, then switched to Blockbuster, CarQuest, and MicronPC. Then it moved from Miami to Orlando and was the Tangerine and Champs Sports Bowl. This year it is the a Russell Athletic Bowl. What I like is Duke. The Cats have never played the Blue Devils. Also, Duke is one of the few schools that K-State is beating for all-time wins. The Blue Devils have yet to hit 500. What I don’t like, aside from the name, is the December 29th date. So there you have it. Potential matchups with Pac 12 schools we’ve played recently or not so recently. A matchup against an old conference enemy and a matchup with a basketball school that we’ve never played in football. Ultimately, there are things I like about all these matchups. I guess we’ll find out officially in a few weeks. Go Cats! Beat WVU!