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Searching for balance on offense and defense

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Plus, more expansion talk. Ugh.

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Real live Kansas State football is just around the corner, and BracketCat counts us down with a familiar name, #41 linebacker Sam Sizelove.

As we inch closer to the season, we're getting more actual football news, and the focus is the same: Kansas State intends to be better this season on both sides of the ball (Kevin Haskin, Topeka Capital-Journal). On defense, the team wants to play fast and aggressive as Wildcat teams of the past have done. On offense, Jesse Ertz notes that we need to bleed clock but also have a healthy mix of explosive plays. The team also acknowledges that many unseasoned players were forced to take the field last year before they really had any clue about the program or the playbook. Duke Shelley, in particular, played well despite being in well over his head. The experience should hold him--and the team--in good stead this season.

In today's methinks-you-protest-too-much news, Tom Shatel of the Omaha World-Herald notes that the Huskers are perfectly happy in their new conference, and have no interest in moving back to the Big 12. Earlier, Nebraska's athletic director Shawn Eichorst tweeted as follows:

Interestingly, Eichorst was not asked for comment on the issue. The only logical conclusion is that Bill Snyder's comments about Nebraska stuck a nerve up there in Lincoln and now everyone in red is frantically trying to dispel rumors of buyer's remorse. The other (slightly more biased) conclusion is that Snyder still knows how to troll Big Red.

Have a great weekend, all!