I know many of you say, “What about Sporting Kansas City?” Sorry, they draw well and soccer is on the rise, but outside of this area nobody much has heard of MLS let alone our team nam. NOBODY. When it ‘ain’t’ covered by the national press and ESPN it doesn’t count.
But don’t feel bad.
Soccer’s on the rise and nobody can name a player in the WNBA either for the most part.
But KANSAS STATE FOOTBALL has landed and HUGE.
K-State’s blowout of #14 West Virginia, 55-14 was the biggest win in the school’s history. Some will argue the Oklahoma game a few weeks back, but this one was a statement game.
Collin Klein had the game of his life with 20 for 23 passing, 333 yards in the air, 3 TD throws and 4 running touchdowns. You bet he is now one of the favorites for the Heisman award.
Klein also took a major step up as a true pro prospect for a first round pick (Scott, his name is Collin Klein, you can see him on local TV, check it out).
There had been questions about his throwing skills for the NFL, in fact some referred to Collin as “The Baby Tim Tebow.”
However if Klein’s passing continues like last night, maybe even Clark Hunt will give Scott a buzz.
K-State will have to deal with the BCS in order to face Alabama for the title match.
As of today the media and America would rather see Oregon, Notre Dame or Florida face the Tide. They all have much more history and flash. However with games like last night’s K State and Klein are getting noticed.
Notre Dame does not have the tougher teams to face overall and likely will go down at Oklahoma next week. Florida also sees weaker foes, as does Oregon. If K State goes clean, it would seem likely they would get the title shot.
The rise of Collin Klein is also a large factor in media sentiment.
Kansas State knocked Geno Smith out of the Heisman race and put OU out of the national championship run as well. Oklahoma is killing everyone they’ve faced since K-State went to Norman and beat them.
An OU win over Notre Dame that should lift K-State to at least number 3 in the BCS and with a K-State win over a strong Texas Tech club, maybe number 2.
Right now its just nice to have one of our local schools show up on the national dance card.
Bill Snyder may finally get that national recognition he so richly deserves.
Hey, I’m impressed, are you?
P.S. I know K State won a Big 12 title before with Snyder but they couldn’t win the big one, that’s why Bill does not fully have the national respect he’s earned. He may get that this season.