What do we now know about Kansas St?
First, Alessana Alessana has not yet run amok. Prince has kept a tight grip on his mana in the snow globe and continues to give him a steady diet of atracurium darts to his thorax whenever he makes Maori eyes at the Wildcat waterboy.
Second, they're also 2-1 after three games, which is better than being 0-3, 1-2, or getting an atracurium dart in the thorax.
Third, Wildcat fans continue to be the only fan base in the Big 12 that still wears acid-washed jeans with some regularity. If Okies and Iowa St fans can outdress you, you're in need of a sartorial overhaul.
So, those three things tell us a lot. Almost everything really.
Kansas State's moment in the sun was losing a nail-biter with a mediocre Auburn team that we weren't sure was actually that bad at the time. Until we got to see Brandon Cox try to throw a football again. Suddenly a gutty, commendable loss to a SEC power morphed into a run-of-the-mill defeat to the eventual loser of the FemNor Pap Smear Bowl. Retrospective context is a bitch. After Ron Prince planted shoe leather in asses, KSU rallied to easy wins over San Jose St 34-14 and Missouri St 61-10, which was good for their psyche and statistics. Unfortunately, none of us know who the flip Missouri State is and San Jose St also lost to Arizona St 45-3 and was blanked by mighty Stanford 37-0.
Let's dig into a few facts of interest that you may not find in the headlines:
127 yards per game, baby
The colonics helped
We're just playing our game. What's the flippin' problem?
So what does this all mean, Clive?
Live by pressure, die by pressure.
Texas best manifests a downfield passing game when other teams bring the house. But drop everyone back and we'll explore the directions of east and west in our passing game. We become manageable. The game will get uncomfortably tight and could allow a special teams play to swing it.
For KSU, Freeman is a strong-armed tough QB who will take a major (late) hit (Killebrew) and still deliver a strike down the field. And we have just the size-compromised group of corners that scream for a stiff arm and a trample in isolation. Mindlessly blitzing him as we did last year is folly. If we can manufacture a little pressure at key moments and concede their short passing game without giving 19 yard cushions, KSU's scoring output will shift heavily to a reliance on special teams and defense. Unlikely candidates to carry the day by themselves. Penalty/turnover/cloaca with clipboard implosion will commence.
What are your thoughts?