This week's focus group is a little shorter than the past couple of weeks. TB, while still contributing, is a little preoccupied with the gulf-sized hurricane making a beeline towards the greater Houston area, so his pithy dialogue is unusually sparse.
However, mystman995 and ksubailey do a great job of sharing their thoughts on this young season (as always), and everyone shares how they feel about the slimming power of black Nike polo-shirts.
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1. After two games have been played, and a bye weekend is upon us, it's time to reflect on what we've seen thus far. As of right now, what has been your biggest (pleasant) surprise of the season?
2. Along those same lines, what has been your biggest disappointment?
3. Going into this year, a lot of people were on the fence about this team and what they would accomplish. Have you adjusted your expectations at all given how the team has looked after thrashing North Texas and Montana State?
4. After observing the Big 12 for two weeks now, is there one game that you thought K-State would lose before the season, but now you think they have a good shot at winning?
5. Off-topic question: The coaches have been wearing black shirts and pants during the games. Some folks care, some folks don't, but does it matter to you?
1. I'd have to say the improved offensive play-calling. We always knew that Freeman had a big arm, but no one ever really knew about it because he was forced to throw short routes all day long. I'd have to say that my biggest surprise so far is how much better the entire offense looks (execution in the running game aside).
2. Obviously, it was the inability of the offensive line to establish good holes against Montana State. During the North Texas game, there were multiple holes open for Valentine and Dold to choose from. During the Montana State game, it seemed like the only time K-State gained yards is when Freeman kept the ball himself, or they ran some form of reverse. This HAS to get better if the Wildcats want to beat Louisville and win some games in conference play.
3. Before the year, I was pretty sure this team would go 6-6 and, maybe, 7-5 with the schedule they have. However, after seeing how good the offense could be, I think there is a chance for them to win eight or nine games IF the stars align properly.
4. I thought that the team had a decent shot at beating Texas A&M this year, but now, I'm pretty much sure of it. The Aggies look absolutely horrible. I also have to think, with as much as they've seemingly struggled these past two weeks, that KSU has a legit shot of beating Texas Tech in Manhattan. I think this defense was built to handle the spread, and if Harrell is slumping when he comes to Manhattan, Freeman will pick their defense apart.
5. I like the black polo shirts, and I want one myself. They look slimming.
So, to a man, we all agree that Texas A&M is an abomination of a football team.
Congratulations, Mike Sherman, way to kill all of that tradition in less than a year on the job. You've managed to make a mess of things even worse than Bill Callahan did, and that's saying something.
Otherwise, rotting in Hell is appropriate.
Personally, going back to the black theme, I'm for a shirt that spells out "Kansas State" with sparkle bead things.