As the regular Tuesday blogger, I usually have two topic choices: reflect back of the most recent game or look forward to the next. To avoid that conundrum, I have mostly written about big picture ideas. Since I currently am tapped out of big picture ideas so I’m going to do both, look back on the Texas win and look forward to the Fiesta Bowl.

Big XII Championship

Sure, it wasn’t officially a conference championship but K-State locked up their second Big XII Championship (Sorry, Oklahoma it’s ours). I did not attend. I rarely attend games since it’s a 4 hour drive for me to Manhattan. Man, I wish I was there. I had some friends over to watch the game at my house. We had a good time, but they have small children and went home at halftime. So the 2nd Half rally by the Cats was only enjoyed by my wife, my brother-in-law (via frequent cell phone calls) and myself. It was still a great experience but couldn’t compare to what people experienced in Bill Snyder Family Stadium. ABC coverage showed fans storming the field, but they didn’t stay long. Apparently, even late local news doesn’t respect K-State football. I experienced the post-game celebration in bits and pieces through Twitter. Every blurry cell phone photos of the post-game scene made me desperately wish I was there. It looked like the greatest K-State party in the world. Bleary-eyed on Sunday morning I watched more of the speeches and the new “Stand Up” video on my phone while eating breakfast with two children that didn’t know why daddy was tearing up. What a special night. I wish I had been there.

The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

We got what we wanted a few weeks ago: a BCS Bowl matchup with Oregon. However, it’s not the BCS Championship game in Miami. As fans, we can’t think like that. You know Bill Snyder won’t let the team think like that.

I was instantly nervous at seeing the matchup. Oregon’s speed scares me. The Ducks’ hurry-up offense scares me. Even their team colors scare me (not just the day glow stuff – the resemblance to Baylor is what bothers me).

One thing I dread about the coming weeks of analysis, speculation and over analysis is the inaccurate information about how the scheduled K-State-Oregon series was cancelled. I’ve already seen it mentioned by a Duck fan on the comment section of one blog. People need to do their research. The cancellation was mutual.

I can’t wait to watch this game. I won’t be there in person due to my annual 10+ day trip to the North Woods of Minnesota, but I will be home by January 3rd, hoping the experience is very similar to Saturday night.

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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