Catbacker Commentary: One Year Later Seth September 2, 2014 Catbacker Commentary, Features Tuesdays on The Salute What a difference a year makes. Last year the sky was falling for K-State. People were out on a proverbial ledge. We were trying to figure out how the Wildcats could make a bowl game. There was speculation that the team was going to turn into the 2004 team. Thanks to Timehop, I’ve realized the only thing I was pleased with following game one last year was Jake Waters’ arm. Those 2013 Cats that threw us into a tailspin following a loss to a FCS powerhouse proved our panic was unnecessary. KSU went 7-5 in the regular season, beat Michigan in a bowl game and didn’t collapse like the 2004 team. And I was right to feel good about Waters as he emerged as one of the best passing QBs the Wildcats have had in a long time. One major difference from last year to today is the schedule. After North Dakota State the schedule got easier, Louisiana-Lafayette and UMass were not great football teams. (Although, ULL won the Sun Belt and a bowl game.) Week 2 and 3 this year will be far more challenging. First, the Wildcats head to Iowa State. I know the Cyclones lost by 20 to NDSU, but they almost always play K-State tough. Five of the last six meetings have been decided by 8 points or less. (Did you know a K-State win will make this all-time series the closest it’s been since 1945 when ISU led 15-11-3?) I fully expect the Cyclones to put up a fight against the Cats on Saturday. Week 3 will see the Wildcats facing a Top 10 non-conference foe (excluding bowl games) for the first time since #8 Louisville came to Manhattan in 2006. That was a Ron Prince team. The last time a Bill Snyder-led team faced a Top 10 non-conference opponent was a 1991 loss at #4 Washington. Auburn will be in the Top 10 when they come to Manhattan for a Thursday night game on ESPN. A win over the Tigers would be monumental. Auburn is the defending SEC champion and were 13 seconds away from holding off Florida State for a National Championship. If the Wildcats can knock off the Tigers, it would be the biggest non-con win since beating USC in 2002. To paraphrase Bill Snyder: “The opportunity for the greatest upset in K-State football history exists here today.” Go Cats! Beat the Clones! And beat the Tigers!