Wildcat Formation: Big 12 Opener Edition PowercatRyan September 5, 2014 Features, Wildcat Formation Fridays at The Salute Who’s ready for Big 12 play? I know what you’re probably feeling, you are feeling like this is way too early to be playing a conference foe. While I agree, I am excited to play a “real” team. Stephen F. Austin was a great, vintage Bill Snyder game. Play a team well below your level, jump out to a big league, get a lot of youngsters on the field and have the fans leave excited for the season. I think all of those things are huge positives for this team. We saw some success on the running back front. Even though we didn’t see a whole lot of Tyler Lockett, the remaining wide receivers impressed us. The defense wasn’t stifling, but it held it’s ground for the most part. Tomorrow brings us to a Snyder rarity, a September road game against a conference opponent. Snyder might control everything else about the Wildcat team, but not the Big 12 schedule. You’ve probably heard or seen what happened the last time the Wildcats were in Ames in September. One of the greatest comebacks in school history. There was also a Farmaggedeon that took place in September if I recall correctly. Yes, September 6th is an early date for a conference opener, but so you recall the earliest Kansas State ever played a Big 12 game? August 31st, 1996. In fact, it was the first ever competition between active members of the Big 12 conference and the Wildcats won 21-14. I’m not GoPowercat.com’s D. Scott Fritchen. I don’t have all of the stats for every conference game Bill Snyder has ever coached this early in the season, but my guess is he has his team prepared for any Big 12 game. Iowa State is coming off a loss to North Dakota State. We all know how that can feel. They didn’t just lose the game, giving up 34 unanswered points, the also lost their leading receiver to injury, their starting center may miss the game tomorrow and their starting right tackle left the team because he was “burned out” after one game. We looked unstoppable at time, even without Lockett. Iowa State was embarrassed at home and has players quitting. Then there’s that game everyone can’t stop talking about coming up in just under two weeks. Trap game? Maybe, but I would be shocked if the Wildcats don’t win by multiple touchdowns Wildcats. Cyclones. Farmaggedeon. Winner sits alone atop the Big 12 for two weeks. It’s going to be a fun Saturday!