Fridays at The Salute

Fridays at The Salute

What a great start to the Big 12 season. Almost a quarter of the way into conference play the Wildcats have a road win against a Top 25 team. Most of us were shocked by Bruce Weber’s first top 25 win away from Manhattan, but it was just a matter of time. The parts and pieces have been on this roster all year long and seem like they may have found their proper place in the tool box.

Previously to the big Oklahoma win, the Cats started the process of righting the ship against TCU. They didn’t appear to be the same basement-dweller that they have been since their arrival in the Big 12. Entering Big 12 play with a 13-0 record, the Horned Frogs are still looking for their first conference win.

Riding high off the win in Norman, the Cats continued their improved play against Texas Tech. They also came in with a better non-conference record than Kansas State and left with the same result, a loss. Texas Tech is now 0-4 and will face the conference win-less TCU team.

Now I don’t mean to crush everyone’s positive attitude about the improved Wildcat team, but don’t go to the water cooler and make any bets on them. They are starting to play much more like a team and less as individuals and that has culminated in a 3-1 Big 12 record. Keep in mind the teams that they have faced. Oklahoma State was a closer game than the final score. Oklahoma was an upset win on the road and then the Sooners lost by 21 in Morgantown.

The Big 12 is the toughest conference, from top to bottom, by the widest margin on any of the computer based metrics. Kansas State had the worst non-con record in the conference coming into league play. That means that every game is going to be a battle the rest of the way.

The schedule continues with Baylor. The Bears have been a growing rivalry on the gridiron and the hardwood in the past five years. They enter with a 2-2 Big 12 record, and have a similar questions. Are they the team that pushed KU to the brink of defeat? Are they the team that needed overtime to take care of TCU?

One thing is for sure, these two teams will have another battle. Bramlage should be rocking for another match against a Top 25 opponent. I just hope to not be fooled again by wins over TCU and Texas Tech at home.

About The Author

Ryan was born and raised around the “Little Apple”, and is a life-long Kansas State fan and 2007 graduate. He is also a lover of all things Tallgrass Brewing. Was once quoted on November 11, 2006 as saying, "If we beat Texas, I will get a Powercat tattooed on my ass!"

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