The Wildcats of Kansas State University made their fan base happy in 2014. That’s because this college men’s football program turned in a winning performance more often than not over the season that spanned three months and twelve games.
It hasn’t always been that way for this mid-western team. In fact, over their long history, the Wildcats have been losers far more often than they’ve been winners. But coaching matters in football. A good head coach can make a difference by surrounding himself with top quality assistant coaches, with capable talent evaluators and with skillful game management.
By every measure, Head Coach Bill Snyder, now in his seventh year, is a true “game changer.” Under his leadership, the Wildcats have become a dangerous opponent to all who compete against them. They proved just how formidable they can be last year, in the 2014 Season.
This squad from a state where farming is a key industry ran up an impressive Won-Loss record of 9-4. They play in the Big 12 Conference and their record against conference foes was a commendable 7-2. Those numbers become even more meaningful when one considers the quality of teams in the conference. There are true powerhouses calling this conference “home,” including Baylor University, Texas Christian University (TCU), Oklahoma University and Oklahoma State University.
There are no pushovers in that imposing group. And yet, the Wildcats won seven of nine games against teams like those mentioned above.
There are certainly lots of reasons to believe that 2015 will be very much like 2014 was for the squad from Kansas State, perhaps even better. The team played its home opener last Saturday, September 5th, against the University of South Dakota and “threw a shutout.” The home team won easily by a score of 34-0.
There are six more home games on this year’s schedule and some offer supreme challenges. For instance, the Wildcats will host third-ranked TCU on October 10th, the 19th ranked Sooners of Oklahoma on October 17th and the dangerous Baylor Bears on November 5th. They are ranked fourth nationally.
Other home games include contests against La Tech University on September 19th, Iowa State University on October 21st and the University of West Virginia on December 5th.
When the Wildcats “hit the road,” they will face such teams as the University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA) on September 12th (that’s this Saturday), Oklahoma State University on October 3rd, the tough Texas Longhorns on October 24th, Texas Tech University on November 14th and the University of Kansas on November 28th. That is, of course, a rivalry game.
Although Kansas State produced a successful season last year, there is room for improvement in 2015. The Wildcats got off to a rousing start last week and there is every reason to believe that they will keep winning as the current football season progresses.
Courtesy of Jcpost.com