This is a special Kansas State football season. Truth is, most every K-State season is special, thanks to Bill Snyder.
Once the nation's most lackluster program, KSU now rides high and has mostly since Snyder's building plan took hold in the early 1990s. The Wildcats are Big 12 champs for only the second time — they never won the Big Eight or Big Seven; KSU won the Big Six in 1934 — and are in the Fiesta Bowl against Oregon on Jan. 3.
Snyder is the most made of men in college football. Any hot seat is self-heated. But Snyder is capable of that, too.
Kansas State has won a major bowl (beating Syracuse in the Fiesta 15 years ago) and won the Big 12 (2003) but has never done both in the same year.
For all his glory, Snyder never has delivered K-State into the top five of the final polls. Beat Oregon, and KSU most certainly will finish there. Beat Oregon, and this will be stamped at K-State's greatest team ever.