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A day removed from the Texas Bowl, K-State has even more momentum than when the game was announced

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By now, we all know. It’s far from a secret.

Bill Snyder will forever be labeled the architect of the greatest turnaround in college football history, and for good reason. We all know that, too.

But if Snyder has an Achilles’ heel, it’s been bowl games: since shedding his retirement coat in 2009, he’s 1-5 in such games. He went 6-5 in his original stint in Manhattan, though, which adds up to a 7-10 overall record in bowl games.

He has a chance to tidy up that mark Wednesday, when his Kansas State team takes on Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl in Houston.

The Wildcats have been in the Lone Star State since Friday, and there’s loads on which to report. With that, here are your links.

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Kellis Robinett has been a busy man of late. The Star/Eagle writer most recently wrote about K-State’s win over the Aggies in a pregame rodeo on Monday, when the Wildcats claimed five of the seven events, including calf roping, goat milking and bale tossing. None of these tasks make anything resembling sense to me, but there’s a reason I’m sitting at a laptop.

Oh, and the rodeo winner has won nine straight Texas Bowls, so K-State may like its chances. But the Wildcats are currently 2.5-point underdogs, not that anything like that matters to Snyder or invokes flinch in K-State fans.

A similar piece from Alex Miller at The Battalion details the event further, as does this article from Jug of Snyder’s Stan Unruh.

Here, have a look for yourself. It’s just as country as you imagined.

But it’s not all roses for the Wildcats. Freshman running back Alex Barnes may not play, Robinett wrote. That’s big news, and possibly a blow to K-State, but running back is the spot at which the Wildcats can afford to lose the most: Charles Jones, Justin Silmon and Dalvin Warmack are all viable options.

Robinett also penned a piece on K-State and Texas A&M’s vastly different paths to the Texas Bowl. Both teams are 8-4, but the Wildcats, as we know, enter Wednesday with three straight blowouts under their belts, while the Aggies’ only win in the last two and a half months was a home victory over UTSA. Facts only, folks.

From the Texas A&M perspective, Ben Baby at the Dallas Morning News wrote about what a win would do for A&M and the SEC’s reputation, while how K-State can win and put its foot in the door as the best college football conference.

And finally, our friends at Good Bull Hunting also broke down the game in statistics.

K-State and Texas A&M kick off the Texas Bowl 8 p.m. CT Wednesday, televised by ESPN.

His legacy is already cemented, but here’s to hoping Snyder can improve upon that bowl record.