Musings at the mid-week:
— Too often, too many football games are labeled must-wins.
— The reason is really quite simple. Relatively few opportunities exist on a football schedule.
— Lose one and a hole gets started. Lose two and the hole deepens. Etc., etc.
— Kansas State has lost both its road games.
— The setback at Vanderbilt continues to look worse. The double-overtime loss at Texas not so much yet with the Longhorns tied for the Big 12.
— TCU shares that lead and visits K-State on Saturday.
— Must-wins can be difficult.
— Especially if the Wildcats truly lack the goods many projected in the preseason.
— “They had a little misconception about how good we were,’’ coach Bill Snyder said of his players.
— The underdog card is always easier to play and at K-State it has often been an ace to draw from.
— Hey, at least Snyder did not compare media compliments to “rat poison,’’ like Nick Saban did following Alabama’s eight-point win last week over Texas A&M.
— Maybe the Cats are concentrating on what they control with a big statement possible against No. 6 TCU.
— Yes, if players want to prove to everyone, including their coach, that there was no misconception about their ability to challenge in the Big 12.
— K-State seemingly needs to let Alex Delton throw the football if its wants maximum effectiveness from the sophomore quarterback.
— This is K-State, though, and what it generates from its quarterback run game is sensational sometimes.
— Case in point: The 79 yards Delton gained after entering late in the third quarter at Texas.
— Few coaches perform turnarounds from so-so seasons like TCU’s Gary Patterson.
— The two previous times the 17-year coach came off a losing season in Fort Worth, the Horned Frogs bounced back with 11 wins in 2005 and 12 in 2014.
— The K-State game also means a little extra something to the former K-State player from Rozel.
— The Iowa State game has arrived and no one is saying this is the Big 12 matchup that potentially favors Kansas.
— Geez, wonder why?
— The Cyclones are coming off their greatest win in history.
— The Jayhawks are coming off their greatest margin of defeat this season.
— David Beaty was hired a year before Iowa State’s Matt Campbell.
— The Jayhawks beat the Cyclones 34-14 in their only Big 12 win, under interim coach Clint Bowen, the season prior to Beaty’s arrival.
— Iowa State is a three-touchdown favorite for Saturday’s game before what figures to be a wildly enthusiastic crowd in Ames.
— Beaty calls his quarterback situation a competition rather than a controversy.
— Worth pointing out that for a controversy to erupt there must be some level of interest.
— I am more interested in how Udoka Azubuike fits in alongside his swift basketball teammates and competes as KU’s prominent big man.
— I am sure most KU fans are too.
— Anyone have the Chiefs going 16-0?
— Nah, but picking the team that trips them up makes for meaty conversation.
— Injuries mount, opponents adjust, mistakes happen.
— Yet the Chiefs have steamrolled so far and I must mention this …
— Good for Alex Smith.
— Seamheads is a nickname applied to baseball enthusiasts.
— It seems that during the playoffs, many of them get their jollies by repeatedly stating that baseball is the best of all sports.
— I love baseball too.
— But get with it expediting the pace of play.
— Baseball needs more enthusiasts younger than I.
— Condolences to Aaron Crow and his family on the passing of his mother, Julie.
— I met her walking out of a game at Missouri, which Aaron pitched as the top collegiate hurler that season.
— She was proud of her future All-Star, who pitched in high school for Washburn Rural. Rightfully so.
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