Kevin Haskin: Some good, some bad, a lot to be forgotten in preseason polling

Musings: TCU in same position as K-State at end of last season, on top of ‘others’

In this file photo, Kansas State running back Alex Barnes (34) dives into the end zone over Kansas linebacker Mike Lee (11) to score a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in Manhattan, Kan. (2016 file photo/The Associated Press)

Musings at the mid-week:


— Upper: Five teams from the Big 12 in the AP preseason football poll.

—Downer: Three players from the Big 12 on the AP preseason All-America team.

—Not that I really put much stock in anything projected before the season.

—Even though I write such material.

—When Texas, with a new head coach, can crack the poll coming off a 5-7 finish, it’s easy just to shake your head and shrug.

—Of course, the highest-ranked Big 12 team, and the preseason league favorite, is No. 7 Oklahoma.

—With a new head coach.

—Like the reaction from UT’s Tom Herman over the Longhorns’ No. 23 rating.

—“You are what your record says you are. … Right now, it’s a bunch of people guessing, right?’’

—Of the Big 12 teams not in the initial AP rankings, TCU is the sleeper.

—The Horned Frogs just missed out. Questions about quarterback Kenny Hill exist, but Gary Patterson is great at getting his teams to bounce back from disappointment.

—In the final poll from the 2016 season, Kansas State was the first team among the others receiving votes and occupied the 26th slot.

—Interesting scheduling twist this season: After the first two weeks, Kansas and Kansas State will not play home games on the same weekend.

—Sorry, I’m not buying any quarterback controversy in Kansas City.

—Until Alex Smith has his first sub-par game and the masses cry for Patrick Mahomes.

—Even then, I am convinced Smith is the QB for this season. Barring injury.

—Like I wrote after the exhibition opener, though, the presence of a first-round QB the Chiefs traded up to get certainly commands Smith’s attention.

—I remember in 2001, following the Sept. 11 attacks that killed almost 3,000 people in our country, thinking that college football teams should be on the field to observe the playing of the National Anthem.

—Now, I wonder if most colleges are fine with their players usually being in the locker room while the Anthem is played.

—Will the NFL endorse such timing?

—Wichita State and Tulsa, reconnected in the American Conference, approved “Havoc in the Heartland’’ as the nickname for their rivalry.


—Felt privileged to play golf last week with Jim Golden as part of a group that gathered at Wabaunsee Pines.

—He noticed that I hit right-handed and putted left-handed (don’t ask) and tried to recall a Dodgers teammate he saw do that.

—Made me feel a little better. Then I missed a short putt and everything was back to normal.

—Driving past No. 14 at Shawnee Country Club, I marveled again at the spot a drive of some 300-plus yards came to rest.

—It was struck Saturday by Andy Poling, a former All-America defensive back for Pittsburg State. He was the ringer we obtained this year for Mac’s Tournament.

—Our group shot 15-under and won nothing. Someone even claimed a drive that was longer than Andy’s.

—BTW, Andy was recruited to Pitt State by Craig Schurig, when the Washburn coach was on the Gorillas staff and trekked to St. Francis to woo Poling.

—Must visit that northwest Kansas town. It was also home to Ken Caywood, the former Highland Park football and track coach who died far too young.

—If you make that journey along US-36 highway, I’m told to stop for a steak at Big Ed’s in Bird City.

—Hoping US-36 does not see a total eclipse from traffic now that the sun and moon are unhinged.

—Pretty cool thing also happened Tuesday while driving down S.E. Adams, a few blocks south of SCC.

—Two ladies — one white, one black — were engaged in conversation. Suddenly they hugged.

—Just happened to unfold as I drove by.

—We should be past the point that’s worthwhile to report.

—Found it worth mentioning, however, in these times.

Contact Kevin Haskin at or @KevinHaskin on Twitter.



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