I saw this coming. Not necessarily to the Baylor Bears, but I knew Collin Klein and Kansas State were pretenders. Many of you did not like or agree with my opinion, believe me, I have read all of the emails. After last nights embarrassing loss to Baylor, Wildcat fans can cancel any trips for the BCS Championship Game. You can also forget about watching your quarterback holding The Heisman Trophy. Kansas State was exposed last night. (In my best Dennis Green voice) “They are who I thought they were.”
I don’t blame Kansas State or their fan-base for the enthusiasm or chest thumping before last nights massacre. They were inflated with false hope and praise by a mainstream media, infatuated with a fresh face and feel good story. The kind of story that paper tigers are made of. Prominent members of college football elite were almost guaranteeing a Klein Heisman win. It was almost too much for me to bear. What did they see that I couldn’t? My mind immediately started playing the Public Enemy classic, “Don’t believe the hype.”
Kansas State is a solid program. Head coach Bill Snyder is Coach of the Year material. He has once again turned around the Wildcats program. They are tough, gritty, and fundamentally sound. Saturday night, in their first game ever as the number one team in the nation, K State crumbled like blue cheese. This wasn’t even an RG3 led attack from Baylor. Coaches coach, players play. They are not ready for the big time. They wouldn’t have been able to handle Oregon’s offense, Notre Dame’s defense, or Alabama in any which way.
They were untested all season long. If you look at the schedule, their “Signature” win was against Oklahoma, who escaped with a one point win over West Virginia Saturday night. It’s hard to imagine anyone thinking that KSU would lose to an unranked team with a losing record. When Collin Klein finally faced real pressure, he cracked. His three interceptions killed the Wildcats last night. (Again, in my best Dennis Green voice) “He is who I thought he was,” a game manager. K State managed only 24 points against the nations 118th ranked scoring defense. This was a Baylor beat down, a dominating win. It was a statement game, and that statement read 52-24. Kansas State’s Teflon vests are flawed.
What does K State do moving forward? This loss may help them build onto next year. Heartbreak tends to motivate, but it can also destroy. The path taken by Kansas State moving into the future is not yet known, but the over-hyped 2012 version of Wildcat football is just another victim of the ESPN Propaganda machine. Glad I didn’t buy in.
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