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K-State Slate: 12.7.14 - Something happened on the way to the playoffs

Recapping an abysmal Kansas State weekend, whether you want it or not.

One True Trophy?
One True Trophy?
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Well, that happened.

I don't know if any of us actually expected to leave Waco with a win, and now that the dust has settled, I don't think any of us is particularly surprised and/or disappointed by a 9-win season. But the entire season raises awkward questions with no easy answers: about personnel and recruiting, about play calling and coaching, and ultimately, about the future of Kansas State football.

Over the next few weeks, we will have the opportunity to mull over those questions even as we turn our attention to a roundball season that is beginning to look a bit less rosy than we anticipated. Get ready, Wildcat fans. This ride is going to get bumpy.

I don't think we're really in the mood to rehash the game, but Jon Morse's post-game recap is worth a quick perusal: Next, the Alamo.

Here is a selection of game recaps, in no particular order: order: K-State SID (not attributed); K-State Collegian (Tate Steinlage); The Wichita Eagle (Kellis Robinett); Topeka Capital-Journal (Ken Corbitt); Waco Tribune (Jason Orts); Baylor Lariat (Cody Soto); and Associated Press (via ESPN).

The bowl picture is muddled at this point, but it's likely that Kansas State is headed to the Alamo Bowl against UCLA.

"Muddled" does not even begin to describe the playoff situation at this point. There are reasonable arguments to be made for the inclusion of TCU, Baylor and Ohio State, just as there are reasonable arguments to be made for the exclusion of each of these teams. Ultimately, the real problem is that there are four spots and five power conferences with six conference champions. The analysis required to select the playoff field is entirely subjective, and made significantly worse by the decision to release weekly rankings. There is no algorithm that will give the college football playoff committee a "correct" answer that also satisfies the expectations of everyone involved.

Then, there is the thornier question of the expectations that really matter. Does anyone here believe that the Big 12 would be left out if the two teams in contention were Texas and Oklahoma, or that there would be such a clamor to include the Big Ten champion if that champion were, say, Minnesota?

There are times when the misfortunes of the football team are offset by the performance of the basketball team. This is not one of those times.

In our post-game recap, TheBigE notes that the Wildcats will enter Big 12 play without a true road win, although the defense showed signs of improvement.

Here's a random selection of game recaps from other sources: K-State SID (not attributed), Wichita Eagle (David Cobb), Topeka Capital-Journal (staff writers), Knoxville News-Sentinel (Ben Frederickson), Daily Beacon (Taylor White), and Associated Press (via ESPN).

At least the season is only beginning, and there's plenty of time for improvement, right?

Kansas State's trifecta of misery actually began earlier in the weekend, when the volleyball team was eliminated in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Lincoln.

The Wildcats were swept by Utah 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-17) on a day when the team hit only .072, and no player reached double digits for kills. The program is now 0-4 against Pac-12 opponents in the post-season, as well as 0-2 on the year against teams from that conference.