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K-State Slate: 9.11.14 - Fixing Mistakes

The Wildcats are focused on cleaning up the penalties and mental mistakes ahead of the big game against Auburn.

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Plenty of mid-week content here yesterday, all of which you should absolutely read.

Jon Morse continued his Knowing Your Enemy series, this time with Dr. Norris Camacho of the Texas A&M blog, Good Bull Hunting (which is, by the way, a marked improvement on its predecessor blog in every way possible).

The polls featured heavily here yesterday, with Curtis Kitchen trolling Nebraska with Stop, Dropped and Polled, Jon Morse Unboxing the Polls, and finally, BracketCat compiling the BotC Top 25 poll.

As always, Luke Thompson and Morse also brought you all the Wednesday FEPO action.

I see the Slate comments section sort of blew up yesterday, mostly because we couldn't decide which of time zones, sweat, and crowd noise could had the most impact on the visiting team in a non-conference matchup. Who needs Xs and Os and advanced statistical analysis?

That said, away games seem inherently more difficult for reasons that are difficult to explain. Crowd noise might have some effect on momentum, or maybe it just forces the away into making uncharacteristic mistakes and penalties. Either way, this is not something K-State will be worried about against Auburn. First, the Wildcats are at home, but they're also using the bye week to focus on fixing the mistakes. Overall, however, everyone (including Bill Snyder) sees the near-debacle at Iowa State as a net positive, at least in terms of the team character it revealed.

Fansided's KC Kingdom goes inside the numbers from the Iowa State game. The number of note, which has not been talked about much here: at one point in the game, Sam B Richardson had 14 straight completions. This should be a source of concern heading into the Auburn game, especially as Auburn's OC is not concerned about Nick Marshall's passing skills.

Jake Waters is still in the news, this time as the Talking 12's Big 12 Player of the Week. He also gets a mention, along with Tyler Lockett, in the ESPN(blog)'s Big 12 Stat Check.

FOXSports1 had a record weekend in terms of ratings, and the K-State-Iowa State game attracted 596K viewers, up 72% from the Oklahoma State-UTSA game that aired in the early Week 2 slot last year.

Of the former K-State players in the NFL, only a few actually played on NFL opening weekend, including linebackers Emmanuel Lamur and Justin Tuggle, and of course, Darren Sproles.

Finally, from the Must Read section of the mothership is this feature on Texas Tech (and their iconic mascot): Double T's Last Ride: Things Are Different in Lubbock, Texas.

I don't know how many of you are regulars at the Kansas State Fair, but the folks manning the KU booth were caught getting their picture taken with a Bill Snyder cutout. Wishful thinking? Maybe, but at least we have their attention.