The hangover continues from Thursday's missed opportunity, and yesterday was one of the lightest days we've had in months here at Bring on the Cats. The big article yesterday was Kitchen's power rankings, while Steven Godfrey checked in with a piece about how big time SEC football just don't quite fit with Manhattan, Kansas.
Yesterday began the long trudge to Saturday when the Wildcats finally have the chance to cleanse their palate from the missed chances that doomed them Thursday, but we still have some small clean up to do from last week which starts with a feature on ESPNU. In town last week to witness arguably the biggest non-conference game in school history, ESPNU's College Road Trip will air their story from the Auburn game on Wednesday, September 24 at 5 p.m. CT on ESPNU.
Among those leading the charge against the Miners will be newly crowned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, linebacker Dakorey Johnson. Johnson led the defense to a stifling performance Thursday, allowing only 2.8 yards per rush.
During Monday's teleconference Head Coach Bill Snyder stated his support for Jack Cantele even after Cantele missed three field goals against Auburn.
Jake Trotter points to K-State as the biggest disappointment in the Big 12 this week (and it's hard to argue with him, since the 'Cats left 16 points on the field), while also giving Bill Snyder the honor of the quote of the week after Snyder said K-State lost the game rather than Auburn winning it. He also has a story about which two Big 12 teams have the best shot at making the playoffs. Spoiler alert: neither of them are Kansas State.
Also in conference news, Kellis Robinett has his recap of the Big 12 weekend, complete with his own Power Rankings, and praises the performance of OU true freshman running back Samaje Perine.
SI has your Heisman watch and is already predicting that Jameis Winston will not repeat as a the winner. Not because he hasn't played well, or because others have played better; no, they predict it's because of Winston's suspension. And while I agree that the Heisman winner should have some semblance of good character, remember these voters are the same ones who gave a player who flips off the opposing sideline the Heisman.
Berry Tramel tries to make sense of what the committee will do with teams when they release their poll and eventually pick the four playoff teams, but I gotta say having BYU ranked in the Top 10 is a bit of a stretch in my eyes.
Interesting breakdown of Tyler Lockett and how he grades out for NFL teams.
Once again, here's Bill being the classiest head coach in the country. You can't replace people like him, folks.
The Miners are a team that Kansas State should not overlook, considering how closely they played fellow conference mate Texas Tech. This may be a relatively low scoring game as UTEP is second in time of possession in Conference USA. Look for more breakdowns beginning later today from your favorite BotC staff.
Some minor recruiting news here as 247sports.com reports that Kansas State is scheduled to visit with 2016 four-star power forward Barret Benson on Wednesday. K-State is high on his list, as are Purdue, Nebraska, and Iowa State.
Three weeks, three straight Rookie of the Week honors for freshman Kylee Zumach. Zumach finished the week as the MVP of the Michigan Invitational, and helped lead the volleyball team to a victory in the tournament.
Timothy Everson of the Collegian throws some cold water on the hot start to the season for the volleyball team, noting that the 2013 version also played the non-conference schedule with only one loss before only winning six matches the rest of the season.
This week's AD letter from John Currie highlights the success of K-State's fall athletics so far, including praise on the Wildcat fanbase as a whole for showing true K-State Class in welcoming Auburn and their fans to the Little Apple.