I didn’t attend the University of Pittsburgh. I’ve only been in the state of Pennsylvania on a couple of occasions. According to my parents I visited Pittsburgh when I was 2 while seeing my great-grandmother. I doubt we toured the campus on that trip. Yet, Saturday afternoon I found myself pulling for the Pitt Panther football team as if I had graduated from that fine institute of higher learning. I yelled at the TV. I paced. I scared my children. Annoyed my wife. Why would a normally sane person resort to that sort of behavior? Three simple letters: B-C-S.

What a terrible system to decide a champion. Thousands of K-State faithful felt compelled to cheer for Pitt, USC and LSU on Saturday. Or root against Notre Dame, Oregon and Alabama. I have no association with any of those six schools. None of those schools are Kansas State’s rival. It feels natural to root against Nebraska or even Missouri. It feels stupid cheering for Pittsburgh. Before the game I couldn’t name one current player on the roster. Even after watching the game I have no idea who coached the Panthers.

Then at 7pm, angry and frustrated at the Pitt loss, things returned to normal. It was time for K-State to take down Oklahoma State. My diploma says I attended Kansas State, not Pitt. I went to every home football game, a handful of road games and 3 bowl games. Two-thirds of my t-shirts have a powercat on them. Supporting the ‘Cats felt so much better than trying to will the Panthers to victory over Notre Dame. It felt like basketball season. Rooting for Rodney, Angel and the guys because you know that if they keep winning eventually they’ll get their shot to take down a highly ranked team in the NCAA Tournament. Sadly, in football we hope our team wins every week and hope others lose so we get a chance at a National Championship.

I know the system is changing but not soon enough. This K-State team deserves a shot at a National Championship this year.

In the mean time, go Aggies, Cal and BC!

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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