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Posted by on September 21st, 2012 in blog, Brady Baylor, CFF Features | No Comments

Bill and Bob Square Off in Norman


The year was 1988.  The Kansas State Wildcats, having amassed a 3-40-1 record over the past four seasons, introduced Bill Snyder as their new head coach.  Snyder’s first four seasons would produce 18 wins for the Wildcats, better than 3 for those keeping score at home.  The four-year period after that yielded 37, and the four-year period following, 44 (or 11 wins per season, again for those keeping score at home).  To match Snyder’s 102 wins in his first 12 seasons, one would have to add up all of K-State’s pre-Snyder wins back to the season of 1953, in the days of the Big 7.  I’m sure it was after Snyder’s 12th season that K-State decided they made a good hiring decision (well, okay, maybe after his second season and its 5 wins). 


I trust we’ve established how Snyder brought the Wildcats of the Little Apple out of obscurity, utter shame, and ridicule into a very respectable position, so let’s flash forward to the 2012 season.  KSU, off to a 3-0 start and a #15 ranking, will take QB Collin Klein (as far as we know, no relation to Calvin) into Norman, OK to visit coach Bob Stoops, QB Landry Jones, and the rest of the #6 Sooners.  Klein has 609 passing yards and 6 TDs to Jones’ 474 and 4, but throw in 210 rushing yards for the bruising Klein as well, a feat Jones will not sniff for the entire season. 


Both teams have beat up on Florida teams in their conference tune-up schedules, but noteworthy is that the Wildcats beat up on The U, while the Sooners picked on FCS member Florida A&M, so there’s that.


After Oklahoma embarrassed K-State with a 41-point win last season in Manhattan, OU will be hard-pressed to match that result, particularly with an improved passer in Klein.  This will be the first major Big 12 showdown of the season, and could set the tone for the balance of power in the Truncated 12 for the rest of the season. 


Prediction?  About 80 degrees F and sunny at kickoff in Norman.  Oh, you mean the game itself?  I’ve learned that my opinion on game scores, combined with a shiny nickel, will net you a dull penny if you’re lucky, so sit back and enjoy.

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