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K-State Slate: 12.2.14 - (Not) One True Champion

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Previews of the Baylor game, Bob Bowlsby weighs in, and does the Big 12 need a conference championship game?

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Disrespect. Even though this is a favorite meme among the purple faithful, we have not experienced much of it this season. Well, I'm here to tell you that run is over, and there is plenty of disrespect for Kansas State all over the football world today.

In other words, we have 'em right where we want 'em.

What happened around here yesterday, besides the usual? Well, Jon Morse reported on the volleyball team's NCAA bid, while BracketCat brought us the latest Kansas State RPI Watch.

The 2012 debacle in Waco is still fresh in the minds of Kansas State's players. (Associated Press, via St. Joseph's News-Press)

This is the final weekend of Big 12 play, and the outcome of the Baylor game will impact the playoffs. (Associated Press, via the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald)

Bryce Petty is expected to play against Kansas State, after suffering a mild concussion against Texas Tech last weekend. Petty's condition will be monitored throughout the week to ensure his continued health and safety. (John Werner, Waco Tribune)

Pretty much all the talk around this Saturday's game is about Baylor and the playoffs, and predictably, the Bears opened as an 8.5-point favorite. Baylor is just one win away from at least a share of a Big 12 title, but this may not be enough to get the team into the playoffs. (Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas Morning-News)

Nobody is really giving Kansas State a shot to win, especially if Petty plays, but even if Baylor wins, some think TCU should come out on top. (Berry Tramel, The Oklahoman)

Some disrespect really stands out though:

There is not a game plan or scheme Bill Snyder can come up with to even hope to slow down Baylor. Mostly because K-State seriously lacks star power.

--Ratt Pack Blog

Bob Bowlsby admits what we've always known: the One True Champion mantra is kind of a joke. Apparently, it was never intended to reflect a single champion, but rather that all the teams play each other. Look for new Big 12 advertising with a new "One True Round-Robin" slogan. (Erik Horne, The Oklahoman)

The three coaches involved in a possible co-championship scenario are split on how championships should be decided. Art Briles wants to stick with the bylaws while Gary Patterson believes a conference championship is no less if it's shared. Bill Snyder, in a move that surprises nobody, has no particular opinion on the issue.(Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle)

In more purple-friendly news, Matthew McCrane is the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week. It is the first such honor for McCrane, but the sixth for Kansas State this year. (KStateSports.com)

The men's basketball team is back home from their Hawaiian (mis)adventure and will take on Nebraska-Omaha tonight at 7:10 PM. This is the first meeting of the two teams.

Meanwhile, the women's team is moving past the fiasco in Mexico. The team spent more time on the beach than on the hardwood, and had been looking forward to the challenge of playing LSU. Jeff Mittie was hoping the tough contests would help him learn more about the team's progress. Instead, the 4-0 Wildcats are back home and will take on UT-Arlington on Thursday night. (John Zetmeir, Topeka Capital-Journal)

The women's volleyball team is set for the post-season, and will appear in the NCAA Tournament, with first round games played in Lincoln. Meanwhile, Wildcats players earned Big 12 accolades. Kylee Zumach is the Big 12 freshman player of the year, and also made the All-Big 12 first team along with Katie Brand. Natali Jones was an All-Big 12 honorable mention.