The answer is yes.
If it pleases the court, I’d like to offer Exhibit B in the form of Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder. At the ripe young age of 73, Snyder is in his second tour of duty at the helm at K-State.
In his first stint, he took Kansas State University of Agriculture and Applied Science from being the laughing stock of college football to a feared power.
Sidebar on Kansas State: K-State used to appear in the AP’s Bottom 10 rankings every week back in the 1970s with Rice, TCU and Northwestern. They were a joke. In 1984, I played against KSU, and we beat them in the home opener 42-10 and it wasn’t THAT close.
After winning just one game in 1989, Snyder got the PowerCats to 11 wins in 1997 and again in ’98, ’99 and 2000. He retired a Kansas State legend in 2005.
Then Kansas State Football suffered.
So they talked him in to coming back in 2009 and the Wildcats showed life at 6-6. They’ve improved every year since Snyder came back, with win totals the last three years of 7, 10 and 11.
Today, I say they’re the hottest team in the Big 12 right now, having won three in a row and rolling up 49 on Texas Tech last week.
Yes, one guy can make that much difference.
BUT, I like the Frogs chances in The Little Apple on Saturday. Why?
- Kansas State wants to run the football and grind it out. TCU rolls into Aggieville with the best rushing defense in the Big 12.
- The Frogs found a way to win last week for the first time in a month when they weren’t their best. I see a spark.
- TCU can sell out, play loose and they have two weeks to heal up for Baylor. K-State, on the other hand, has Oklahoma next week.
Here’s to a big Frog road win Saturday and the perfect setup for a big game with Baylor at the end of the month.
Kick ‘Em High!