For all intents and purpose, I expect K-State to leave Snyder Family Stadium on Saturday with a 1-0 record. I’m sure Snyder would like to do so without revealing too much of the playbook. Look for K-State to leave with a win and to do so in a simple fashion.
8. Does Bill Snyder still have the fire to patch up Kansas State?
Unknown. His early comments would indicate he's either playing the Lou Holtz "poor us" card, or he realizes there is little chance of recapturing the Manhattan Magic.
It'll be interesting to see how Chris Harper fits in at Kansas State.
Harper, who spent his freshman season playing football at Oregon, is transferring to K-State and will be eligible for the 2010 season. The former Northwest High standout is intent on playing quarterback at KSU, and he certainly fits the Bill Snyder profile for that position.
It was Snyder who got tremendous mileage out of dual-threat types Michael Bishop, Jonathan Beasley and Ell Roberson during his first tenure as coach. All three of those quarterbacks were raw passers who become better under Snyder's tutelage.
But they also played before the explosion of spread offenses around the country, and particularly in the Big 12. It'll be interesting to see whether Harper can become a good-enough passer to play quarterback. Right now, he's probably not. But he'll have more than a year to get better.
The amount of blind faith that many Wildcat fans shamelessly display for Bill Snyder, despite the miraculous turnaround that he orchestrated during his first coaching stint, deeply concerns me.