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KU football has chance at upset against K-State

October 17, 2011

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For the third week in a row, the young Kansas University football team faces an undefeated school ranked in the top 12 in the nation.

But this one feels different. Unlike when Oklahoma and Oklahoma State were the opponents, the curiosity isn’t aimed at attempting to guess by how many touchdowns KU will lose.

This time, the curiosity-seekers wonder, even if they don’t dare say it aloud, if Kansas can pull off an upset and bring the shocking Wildcats down off the high they’ve ridden all season.

K-State’s formula for success — playing rugged defense, keeping it close, not doing anything to beat itself and producing big plays just in the nick of time — doesn’t tend to result in the sort of blowouts on which KU too often finds itself on the wrong end. The Wildcats are 6-0 and ranked 12th in the country, but other than a 37-0 blowout victory against Kent State, Kansas State has not had a margin of victory larger than seven points.

K-State doesn’t have a Brandon Weeden or a Landry Jones at quarterback. Chris Harper’s a nice receiver, but he doesn’t rank with the Cowboys’ Justin Blackmon or the Sooners’ Ryan Broyles. Kansas State’s offensive line has been solid, but not equipped with the same quickness and strength as the lines from the Oklahoma schools.

The opening betting line that favored Kansas State by 15 points for Saturday’s 11 a.m. kickoff in Memorial Stadium seemed a little heavy.

Wildcats junior Collin Klein, a speedy 6-foot-5, 226-pound run-first quarterback, has a knack for making a clutch pass or two every game, but he hasn’t thrown for more than 146 yards in a single game.

How is this team that squeaked by Eastern Kentucky, 10-7, in the season-opener undefeated and ranked 12th in the nation? Sometimes not doing anything to lose is good enough to keep winning.

In the wake of Saturday’s 41-34, come-from-behind victory at Texas Tech, Klein mouthed a quote that had such a familiar ring to it.

“Our coach says all the time you’ve just got to keep sawing wood and eventually you’re going to get somewhere,” Klein said.

Hmm, “keep sawing wood,” where have I heard that one before? Anybody?

Two weeks in a row, Kansas has given up 600 yards, but in the second one grew tougher the closer Oklahoma drew to the goal line. Simplifying things worked for an inexperienced Kansas defense that in previous weeks looked as if it had been trying to avoid mistakes instead of looking to fly to the ball.

Now that Bill Snyder and his coaching staff have a week’s worth of video to digest from that new approach, maybe it will be easier to pick apart, but it’s worth taking that risk. The less the KU defenders have to think about, the better chance they have of performing aggressively.

Nobody should be stunned if Kansas takes a lead into halftime Saturday. Coming out of the break is when the advantage swings to a well-conditioned K-State team, which handled Texas Tech, 21-6, in the second half.

Kansas, not noted for half-time adjustments and gaining a second wind, has been dumped on, 59-7, in the past four third quarters.

Comments

linedoc 2 years, 5 months ago

Hope is one thing...false hope is something entirely different.

Don't be stupid. Be adults, own up to the fact that the Wildcats are going to destroy you...in Lawrence...AGAIN...and be done with it. Your players are average, and you have no coach. (Seriously...please stop insulting real coaches by saying things like "Coach Gill." It's just not right.)

We ARE the football program in Kansas once again, and that's all there is to it. Now comes the part where you say, "Just wait until basketball."

And then WE say, "Yeah, I love the NCAA tournament. It's where the Jayhawks embarrass themselves against unknown teams and go home until the next season."

Suck WHAT, Jayhawk? LOL!

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Alex12345 2 years, 6 months ago

Hey Keegan, you think that maybe "keep sawing wood" is a phrase Mangino picked up from Snyder?

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K_S_U_Wildcats 2 years, 6 months ago

Hmm, “dumped on, 59-7” where have I heard that one before? Anybody?

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demonfury 2 years, 6 months ago

Come on Tom, is this the best you've got for us this week? KU's chances of winning this game are about as good as King Buffet's chances of rethinking the "all you can eat" concept when you walk in the door. Your argument here is fair but you fail to focus on the obvious flaw in this KU football program. Other than the 59-7 stat, you have steered clear of Gill's proven ability to lose game after game. He is the problem in this equation, plain and simple. Replace him with a proven winner, and you will get a winning team. Snyder is walking proof of that. Prince ran that program into the ground in short order and Synder has them bowl eligible in week 6. Performance speaks for itself.

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Hitman79 2 years, 6 months ago

Man, there is a lot of bitterness in Lawrence. I understand the season sucks, but one week Keegs is an idiot and can't write because he hates KU. Then this week he gives the Hawks a chance and he's an idiot because he thinks they can win. I don't get it.

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DaBellaDaBall 2 years, 6 months ago

ilegler86: you are spot on.

There is something about these forums that seems to attract the fair weather "fans." It's easy to stand back and throw rocks at Coach Gill and the Jayhawks. Much easier than supporting the team that these knotheads supposedly love. If we can't be rebuilt in 1 and 1/2 seasons, you lash out at someone. Why? Because you don't know enough or are not smart enough to see the big picture and understand that there are reasons for hope. You see the glass as 7/8ths empty. You enjoy being jerks. Say something righteous from time to time, you foul rats! Or maybe you are really MU/KSU Judas Goats, trying to subvert the gullible. Either way, you make me sick too.

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thebigspoon 2 years, 6 months ago

I have a chance of winning the lottery too...

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Lloyd Kinnison 2 years, 6 months ago

My concern is not with the quality of the KU team, but the ability of the Mr. Turner and his coaches.Another record last week. Hopefully, no new records will be set by K-State.

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oletimer 2 years, 6 months ago

I have a chance for a victoria secret model to be my mistress also, but that is not going to happen either. Is gill paying you to write these fantasies?

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Shane Garrett 2 years, 6 months ago

From what I have seen from both schools, Keegen may be on to something. Which ever way the game goes, it should be the best KU-KSU football game in a long time. (IMHO, I think Synder will out coach Gill.)

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RLCTom 2 years, 6 months ago

You're right! K State doesn't have a high-powered QB or an outstanding receiver. But you might might want to look back at the 600+ yards rushing they gave up to GT and rethink this.

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Ian Legler 2 years, 6 months ago

All of you really make me sick. Apparently you had not been watching the first half of the game on saturday. The hawks made unbelievable strides against the Sooners, 3 stances within the 5 yard line in which the Hawks held them to a fieldgoal. But hey you're right the Hawks don't have a chance, that kind of defeatist attitude is the problem with you fairweather football fans. You should support our players no matter what the record or how they have played thus far in the year. Get the h*ll out of Lawrence if you aren't going to be a true Jayhawk fan.

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rtwngr 2 years, 6 months ago

C'mon Keegan, the only chance the 'Hawks have is if the Wildcats all sprain their ankles getting off of the team bus at the stadium.

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thepianoman 2 years, 6 months ago

LMAO. Too funny, Kegan. This is all you could come up with?

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 6 months ago

The moon has a chance of turning into butter and falling on my pancakes.

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vuduchyld 2 years, 6 months ago

Welcome to The Onion!!!!!!

Oh, wait...he was serious???

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observant 2 years, 6 months ago

Always nice to get a good laugh first of week.

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FalseHopeNoChange 2 years, 6 months ago

12 point spread. Can KU cover. Hmmmmm

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cowboy 2 years, 6 months ago

keegan , do you have a dart board you use to make your picks ?

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Larry Bauerle 2 years, 6 months ago

Sort of in the same way the coyote has a chance to catch the roadrunner.

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irvan moore 2 years, 6 months ago

yes mr. keegan, you are correct, k state doesn't have some of the star players like oklahoma. what they have is a team with a work ethic, a team that wants to win and coaches who demand 100% effort on every play. i think the line is light.

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BruceWayne 2 years, 6 months ago

Stand about as much chance as the food buffet in the media room when Keegs shows up.

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Gandalf 2 years, 6 months ago

I have a chance of winning the powerball lottery too.

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