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Tuesdays on The Salute

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!

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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