The world is a strange place, and too often, it is a terrible place. In Paris yesterday, a group of humans subjected their fellow humans to a night of inexplicable violence and cruelty (The Atlantic Monthly). It was as unfathomable as it was horrifying, a stark reminder that the line between the safety we take mostly for granted and the danger we can't quite imagine is thin indeed. Our thoughts are with Paris. Aujourd'hui nous sommes tous français.
Closer to home, our friends at Missouri, already struggling to make sense of the events of the past week, were dealt another blow. Longtime head coach Gary Pinkel stepped down, effectively a retirement, citing health reasons. Pinkel was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in May, and used the bye week to reassess his health. Although his condition is being managed, cancer is unpredictable and probably easier to treat without the stress of football. Do not go gentle into that good night, Coach. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Kansas State has been to five straight bowl games since Bill Snyder's return to the sidelines. That bowl streak is one of the many things on the line for the Wildcats as the team takes on Texas Tech today in Lubbock (Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle). The team at least is confident that a bowl game is still on the cards, if Dalton Risner's guarantee of "we're still going to make a bowl game" is anything to go by.
Is that statement a bit jarring in view of Kansas State's 0-5 conference play hole? Maybe, or maybe it's just the sort of confidence that will propel the Wildcats to victory in the next few games (Kevin Haskin, Topeka Capital-Journal).
Haskin also takes time to remind us of an improbable victory from 15 years ago, when Kansas State took out Nebraska amidst sleet, ice, and snow.
The K-State Collegian's Andrew Hammond is a bit more positive, noting that Kansas State has run the gauntlet of four consecutive ranked teams and the schedule now offers a bit of a breather. Against one of the worst rushing defenses in college football--Texas Tech is currently 125th out of 127 teams in the FBS--the Kansas State offense might be able to find running lanes and make an immediate impact on the game.
Hammond's colleague Riley Gates uses the forum to take fans to task for not showing up, even in games where the beleaguered Wildcats have been in the mix late into the fourth quarter. #FAMILY means showing up and staying.
What about Texas Tech? It's safe to say the Red Raiders' season has not gone to plan. But it's Senior Day in Lubbock, and Kliff Kingsbury is hopeful his team can turn things around, although he's had no luck against Kansas State so far (Timothy Everson, Collegian).
And what do the numbers say? TB kicks the tires on Texas Tech, and for once, our resident cynic comes down on the side of good, predicting a Wildcat victory.
Kansas State kicks off at 2:30 PM GOTZ on FS1. For the rest of today's college football action, Jon Morse has your back with the CFB Week 11 TV/streaming schedule.
For those of you who prefer your Kansas State action in a more roundball flavor, the basketball season is underway. Kansas State, playing with the cohesion and effort they rarely showed last season, trounced Maryland-Eastern Shores 80-53 yesterday at Bramlage. TheBigE recaps the game right here: K-State clips the Hawks.
Wesley Iwundu had a strong game, scoring a career-high 23 points and snagging 10 rebounds. Justin Edwards also had a solid game, tallying 17 points including a three-pointer. A strong defensive effort ensured that the Wildcats took a big lead into halftime, despite hitting just 10 of 26 shots in the first half.
The Wildcats have two more home games (Columbia and South Dakota) before the big game against Missouri in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic (Tony Adame, Wichita Eagle).
The women's basketball season is also off to a good start. The Wildcats won their opening game at Tulsa 75-67, setting a school record for blocks in the process. The team had 14 blocks, surpassing the previous record of 13 from 2006.
It was not a pretty or particularly dominant victory, however. At one point, the Wildcats were down nine in the third quarter before rallying to put Tulsa away. But Kaylee Page, making her debut in purple, had a terrific game, with 21 points and 4-of-6 from beyond the arc.
Up next, the Wildcats return to Bramlage for the home opener against Abilene Christian.