KSAL Staff - October 24, 2016 8:00 am
MAC STEVENSON LIVES IN SALINA, AND WRITES A WEEKLY COLUMN FOR OVER TEN NEWSPAPERS IN KANSAS
Since Bill Snyder became head coach at Kansas State, his record against mighty Texas is 7 wins and 4 losses; that really says it all about Snyder’s career at K-State.
Texas has everything a big-time college football program could desire in order to be successful—substantial financial backing from wealthy alumni, huge modern stadium, being the flagship university in the state of Texas, and the best high school football in the nation. Texas has it all. But the Longhorns have struggled against Kansas State during the Snyder era.
Last Saturday’s 24-21 win almost cinched another bowl game for the Wildcats; K-State’s record is now 4-3 and they still have Iowa State and KU on their schedule. Snyder’s team will have a record of at least 6-6 and, more likely, either 7-5 or 8-4.
K-State is on the road this Saturday to play Iowa State and it won’t be an easy game; the Cyclones have been extra tough at home. FSN will televise the game starting at 11:00 a.m. The Wildcats are the better team and they should prevail after the impressive win against Texas.
Junior QB Jesse Ertz played his best game for K-State against Texas: he completed 20 of 27 passes for 171 yards and 1 TD and ran for 78 yards and 2 TDs on 8 carries. Snyder wasn’t doing any back-flips in the locker room and said, “Beats the tar out of a loss, but it’s not so much the win as how. If we play and prepare well start to finish, we’d be better . . . that’s why I’m not jumping up and down right now.”
Kansas State’s handling of Texas was, once again, amazing; Snyder used the same plan that has been so successful in the past. He controlled the clock (38:27 min. to 21:33) and kept the proud Longhorns on their heels throughout the game. Texas coach Charlie Strong would be wise to make sure his resume is up-to-date because his days in Austin are numbered.
Snyder will have the majority of his outstanding players back next season and Kansas State will be in a position to challenge for a position in the Top Ten in the nation.
How does he do it with recruiting classes ranked toward the bottom of the Big 12 every year? Snyder and his staff have the ability to recruit the type kids they want in their program and develop their physical and mental capabilities until they can compete with the best in the conference. It’s truly the greatest long-running story in the history of college football.
Kansas City moved their NFL record to 4-2 last Sunday by beating New Orleans 27-21; however, the Chiefs didn’t control the line of scrimmage on either offense or defense. New Orleans lost the game by mistakes, KC didn’t win it.
Regardless of any shortcomings, Kansas City is right in the race in the AFL West Division; the Chiefs are tied for first with Oakland and Denver with two defeats in the loss column. Coach Andy Reid has KC playing winning football again.
OLB Justin Houston is practicing with KC and expected to return to the playing field in the next week or two. That’s going to change KC’s defense. Houston is the Chiefs’ best pass rusher and he’s been sorely missed since his knee injury. In addition, rookie Tyreek Hill is coming on fast on offense with his blinding speed. He can be a big-time difference maker.
This Kansas City team is coming on fast. If Houston and RB Jamaal Charles can regain their former effectiveness, the Super Bowl is not an impossible dream.
After KU’s loss (44-20) to Oklahoma State, four factors stand out concerning the rebuilding effort of Kansas football: 1) KU is a better football team than the 2015 ballclub. 2) The Jayhawks’ defense is much improved and a credit to Clint Bowen’s coaching. 3) Junior QB Montell Cozart had his best game at Kansas, but the young man is gun-shy about running the football. 4) And Coach David Beaty is doing okay as a recruiter, but he has to give up the illusion that he can be head coach and offensive coordinator at the same time. It isn’t working and it won’t work.
Beaty has to hire a new offensive coordinator—or go back to Rob Likens—and then get completely out of the way. Beaty is too emotional on the sideline and he needs a cool gun slinger in the press box who can manage the offense and call the plays. His most important roles are acting as head coach of the entire team and concentrating on recruiting.
Just because Beaty doesn’t have the right makeup for an OC doesn’t mean he can’t be an effective head coach.