Bill Snyder's at it again.
The Wildcat Wizard is coaching up Kansas State, again. After a 2-4 start that included a loss to North Dakota State, K-State has won three straight, including a runaway victory last Saturday at Texas Tech.
And now, KSU is no easy out. The Wildcats host TCU on Saturday, OU next Saturday and play at Kansas on Nov. 30. KSU will be big favorites against TCU and KU, and the Sooners will be vulnerable in Manhattan.
And Snyder's done this before. In 2003, KSU started 4-3, including 0-2 in the conference and a loss to Marshall. Yet the Wildcats won seven straight, including a stunning upset of OU in the Big 12 title game.
In 2001, KSU started 2-4, including 0-4 in the Big 12, but then won four of five to resurrect the season.
If you're looking for insight from Snyder, you'll have to settle for the fundamental thing he always says.
“The environment we try to create is that incremental improvement throughout the course of the year, regardless of what the outcome of the ballgames happen to be,” Snyder said. “It's a very positive thing to see young guys overcome disappointment of ballgames they had opportunities to be successful at and weren't. It's the old never-give-up type of attitude. But that's not anything I would not have expected from the young guys in our program.”
Nothing deters Snyder. Not defeat. Not societal change. Not conference trends. Not even quarterback controversy.
Snyder had two interesting quarterback options in Jake Waters and Daniel Sams. Both have played well a good portion of the season. Rather than choose, Snyder has used both.
And now Sams and Waters rank second and fourth in Big 12 passing efficiency.
“I'll do whatever it takes to help this team win,” said Waters. “If that means throwing it 40 times or doing something with my legs and running it, I'll do whatever. I can do both, the same with Daniel.”