Kansas State stayed ahead of unbeaten Oregon and Notre Dame on Sunday, moving to No. 2 in the Bowl Championship Series standings.
But it’s not something K-State coach Bill Snyder is making his top priority. And if the Wildcats keep winning, he said he hopes the BCS isn’t the only thing on his players’ minds either.
“I just know I hope that’s not what we’re thinking about, either way,” Snyder said. “I hope we’re thinking about Monday and our preparation for a very talented Oklahoma State football team, and that’s all that’s on my mind. I would like to hope that becomes the path for our players as well.”
As should be expected now, Snyder fielded a variety of questions about the BCS during the Big 12 coaches teleconference Monday, including some asking if its time to score style points for the voters.
Snyder said he and his staff doesn’t spend time focusing on the BCS, nor Sunday’s weekly unveiling on ESPN. As far as style points, or running the up the score on opponents, Snyder said it’s his belief that no one likes to embarrass teams for the sake of votes.
“I don’t even know what a style point is, I don’t have an attitude toward it,” he said. “I just think you prepare and go out and play as well as you can.”
But with a month left in the season, it’s now that time of year when some programs begin politicking for rankings and bowl position.
Snyder, however, has never been one to state his opinion on where his team should be ranked, or deserves to be ranked, and often jokes that he would vote his team lower in the poll to keep attention at a minimum.
From the outside looking in at K-State, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said the Wildcats’ program seems to go as Snyder goes, truly keeping it one game at a time, and even one day at a time from a preparation standpoint.
“He did it once, which we can all agree could be arguably the greatest coaching job ever in college football history,” Gundy said. “He left and came back, and now he’s got them in position again.
“At times, people can lose sight of how important an attitude and confidence instilled in an organization, work habits and a way of showing success can influence a program. I think he’s a great example of that.”
Every remaining game features a different challenge for the Wildcats, who lost in a shootout at Oklahoma State a year ago. The Cowboys were on there way to a Big 12 title and ranked No. 3 in the country when they hosted the 17th-ranked Wildcats, holding K-State off for a 52-45 win.
Snyder said the missed opportunities at the end of the game remain prevalent in his memories..
“Oklahoma State played extremely well and we had our opportunities at the very end of the ballgame and couldn’t get the ball into the end zone,” he said. “That last series probably stands out more than anything else. It was a good ballgame, I know that.”
This year’s Oklahoma State team has no more Brandon Weeden at quarterback or Justin Blackmon at wide receiver, but the Cowboys still have one of the top offenses in the country.
The Cowboys have fielded two different freshmen at QB, with Wes Lunt opening the season, and JW Walsh replacing him after an injury. Lunt came back last week to replace Walsh — who suffered a season-ending injury — leading OSU to a win over TCU.
Despite playing two different quarterbacks, Snyder said the Cowboys have played well with both guys, and they seem to be clicking right now with Lunt under center.
“There is a little different approach depending on which one is the quarterback,” he said. “The young guy that they have right now proved himself last week and certainly in the initial ballgame. Wes is a talented young guy, seems to be a very poised young quarterback. He can put the ball where he wants to put it. He seems to manage their offense extremely well. It appears like the players respond to him quite well. He’s a very talented young guy.”
Klein having big games on big stages
Of all the guys to play for Snyder, quarterback Collin Klein has done something in the last two games that no other QB did before him has ever done at K-State.
Klein was responsible for 11 touchdowns combined in the West Virginia and Texas Tech games, putting him in a class alone that not even Michael Bishop, Ell Roberson or Jonathan Beasley reached during Snyder’s first successful run in Manhattan. Klein even did it against two ranked opponents.
Snyder said in both games, viewers around the nation have seen exactly what kind of player Klein is.
“Collin has been an extremely fine player for us throughout the course of his time here,” he said. “As I’ve said so many times, he’s a guy that has been very consistent up to this point in time, a guy that has managed to invest himself in improvement day in and day out, and he makes that important to him, and it shows up on the field.”
TCU game time unknown yet
K-State learned Monday that its television partners are exercising their third of four six-day options when selecting its broadcast schedule for Nov. 10, meaning the game time for the Wildcats’ game at TCU next week won’t be known until late Saturday night or Sunday morning.
The possible game times include 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., or 6 p.m., on FSN or FOX and 11 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.