Snyderball – n. To maximize limited resources to field a winning football team. Mastered by Kansas State University’s Bill Snyder

I’m not sure if “Snyderball” is in Webster’s Dictionary yet. If it ever does earn its way into the dictionary then I propose the above definition. It’s a word I use in my vernacular. I’m not sure if everyone else fully understands what I mean by it. I usually explain myself. As a middle school football coach, I’ve tried to use Snyderball to defeat more talented teams. Somehow it doesn’t translate at this level. Or I’m just not a master like the legendary Bill Snyder.

On Saturday, I thought a win over Oklahoma State would’ve been the most improbable win ever. The Wildcats resources were limited. You all know the story. The Cats lost starting quarterback Jesse Ertz on the first play of the season. Former 3rd string QB Alex Delton was injured in mop up duty vs UTSA. 4th sting QB Jonathan Banks was not in Stillwater due to illness (not sure what to think about that). Then during the game K-State loses former backup/current starter Joe Hubener to injury. He was replaced by wide receiver Kody Cook (who did great) until he got hurt. Hubener came back in. In the game the Wildcats also lost WR Dominique Heath and DB Morgan Burns. There could be other injuries I’m unaware of because I spent much of the 2nd half in the fetal position saying “Make it stop. Make it stop”.

So now the beat up Wildcats are headed home to play #2 TCU. The Horned Frogs are coming off a 50-7 dismantling of Texas. They have a Heisman candidate at quarterback. And they are winning games by an average of 50-24. The Frogs top receiving target Josh Doctson has 722 yards on the season. The Wildcats leader in that category is the dinged-up Heath with just 170 yards. All of this looks like a recipe for disaster for K-State.

Snyderball will have to be in full effect on Saturday if the Cats are to have any hopes of beating TCU. Long, slow time-consuming drives that end in touchdowns will be necessary to keep the Frogs offense off the field. If K-State had won vs Oklahoma State it would have been their most improbable win ever. Well, had the Cats won, it wouldn’t come close to how improbable a victory over TCU would be.

Despite all the odds, I’ll still watch. I’ll still believe the Wildcats can win. I’ve seen miracles happen in Manhattan. I believe in Snyderball.

Go Cats! Beat TCU!

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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