Big 12 football: League's title contenders need West Virginia to beat K-State

by Berry Tramel Published: October 19, 2012

Big 12 newcomer West Virginia has a bunch of new fans across the conference. It's nothing personal. Teams all over the league need the Mountaineers to beat Kansas State on Saturday.

West Virginia hosts the fourth-ranked Wildcats. If West Virginia wins, the Big 12 has a likely four-way tie atop the conference standings. If KSU wins, the Wildcats take a commanding lead, with road victories over its apparent chief competitors, WVU and OU.

The Wildcats go to Morgantown with a chip on their shoulder.

“When people talk about the best teams in the nation, they don't mention us,” said K-State receiver Chris Harper. “It affects you in some aspects, but it works to your advantage because you don't know how guys who haven't had that kind of success can handle it.

“You've got girls you've never talked to throwing themselves at you. It sounds easy, but some guys don't know how to handle it. I would rather get a lot of ‘pub' at the end of the season than during the season.”

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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