Kevin Haskin: Nothing surprising about Snyder returning as K-State coach

CFP creates various frustrations, especially after UCF caps unbeaten run

Kansas State coach Bill Snyder will return for the 2018 season. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski, File)

Musings at the mid-week:

 

— Well, Bill Snyder is coming back for another season.

— To which, Snyder would say, “Nothing really surprises me.’’

— Least of all him hanging on to coach football at Kansas State.

— No doubt, a fan base beleaguered by the uncertainty regarding just how long Snyder intends to stick around wants clarity.

— Will they get it, however?

— If K-State adequately addresses openings on defense, the 2018 outlook looks bright.

— There is, however, competition to resolve at quarterback.

— Or do Skylar Thompson and Alex Delton share the duties?

— So what ticks you off most about postseason in college football?

— Only four teams get selected for the playoffs?

— Or, an undefeated FBS team gets left out of that four-team mix?

— Some howling could be heard, and read, after Central Florida capped an unbeaten run by downing Auburn in the Peach Bowl.

— Auburn lost to UCF, but against the two CFP finalists the Tigers beat Alabama and split with Georgia.

— The semifinal wins were SEC atonement for Auburn’s early afternoon loss, which happened about the time many viewers wanted New Year’s Day aspirin to kick in.

— Those who want an eight-team playoff, preferably with room for a Group of Five entrant with proper credentials, such as UCF this season, must understand something.

— Bowls reflect tradition and possess clout.

— They employ some of the world’s best lobbyists.

— Their hospitality influences football power brokers, athletic administrators, coaches, players and media.

— Yes, I have enjoyed a bowl experience or two.

— I also agree with Snyder when he relates how the bowl system factored into K-State’s football reclamation.

— An expanded playoff works best with a mid-December round of quarterfinal games.

— Think Granddaddy wants to move his Rose Bowl off Jan. 1 to fit into the revised playoff structure?

— Another option would be to prolong college football into mid-January.

— That, however, would produce more scheduling conflicts with the NFL.

— And, drag out the college season.

— An eight-team playoff, however, is a fairer system.

— Especially if the champions of all Power 5 conferences get in automatically.

— If a team has a Heisman Trophy quarterback involved in an OT, make sure he attempts a pass.

— Oklahoma ran the football all three plays it executed in its first overtime against Georgia.

— Baker Mayfield did not appear that ill.

— Despite its 5-2 bowl record, the Big 12 could have used a CFP victory to boost credibility.

— Maybe it needed to add UCF during that worthless exploration into expansion.

— The league would have moved into the fertile football ground that is Florida.

— Sorry, but I am not ready to declare Nebraska is back just because Scott Frost is the new coach.

— I do, however, understand the enthusiasm and lean toward Frost succeeding.

— Nebraska’s definition of success, however, will be interesting.

— I like that Frost took a parting shot at the CFP committee for its stance on UCF.

— Within that room, programs considered to be elite will receive preference.

— It could even be considered part of the human element.

— Dear ESPN: Do not schedule college basketball the same day as the CFP semifinals.

— If you need the programming, create another platform to go with the CFP games.

— Anyone take actual aspirin anymore?

Contact Kevin Haskin at kevin.haskin@cjonline.com or @KevinHaskin on Twitter.

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