Raise your hand if you expected Kansas State to start the year 10-0 and climb to #1 in the BCS Standings (Be careful not to drop your tablet or smart phone). If you raised your hand, I don’t believe you. The key word here is “expected” not “hoped”. We all hoped K-State would have a dream season in 2012, but expecting this is another story.

It sounds really negative to type this, but I honestly expected an 8-4 regular season, maybe 9-3. The Big XII is too strong. It’s so hard to win on the road. Last year seemed like such a dream season that 10 wins in 2012 couldn’t happen. There were so many close victories last year; O.T. vs Texas A&M, the stand at Miami and six other victories by 7 points or less. The law of averages suggested that they couldn’t duplicate that kind of season. And they haven’t.  They’ve been better. Only 2 of their 10 wins this season have been by a touchdown or less (at OU and at Iowa State).  In the Wildcats 8 other victories, the games haven’t been close. The average margin of victory in those games is 29.25 points.

I finally understand one of the keys to Bill Snyder’s genius.  He always talks about getting better every day. It’s so simple, but so essential. I’ve realized that I do the same thing at work. I expect to be the very best at what I do. I can’t do that by just snapping my fingers. Every day I try to improve. Every day I try to get better. The expectations I have for myself are the same expectation Coach Snyder has for everyone in the Kansas State football program. Get better every day.

Here we sit. 10 wins with 3 more to play. Win the final 2 conference games and that 3rd game will be the BCS National Championship Game. Now I expect to get there and it starts with beating Baylor.

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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