Big 12 football notebook: Kansas State has plenty of time to stew about loss to Baylor

The Wildcats have a bye this week and will not play again until hosting Texas on Nov. 31 in Manhattan, Kan.
by Michael Baldwin Published: November 19, 2012
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photo - Kansas State Wildcats head coach Bill Snyder watches from the sideline during the fourth quarter of the NCAA college football game against Baylor Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Waco Texas. Baylor won 52-24.   (AP Photo/LM Otero) ORG XMIT: TXMO133
Kansas State Wildcats head coach Bill Snyder watches from the sideline during the fourth quarter of the NCAA college football game against Baylor Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Waco Texas. Baylor won 52-24. (AP Photo/LM Otero) ORG XMIT: TXMO133

Coming off a loss to Baylor that squashed a shot at playing for the national title, Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder said there are advantages and disadvantages to having a bye week.

K-State players will get Thanksgiving weekend off. The Wildcats can still clinch the Big 12 title with a win over Texas next week in Manhattan, Kan.

“You have to learn how to deal with the emotions of this,” Snyder said. “There's a tremendous amount of disappointment. Eventually that turns into frustration, then anger. Then each of us, individually, must look at things we can do better, players and coaches alike.”

Snyder was asked whether the Wildcats felt pressure of being one of the nation's last three undefeated teams.

“That's a tough question to answer,” Snyder said. “The outward appearance, I don't think it was a major issue. That doesn't mean that it wasn't. But they didn't give that appearance. I thought going in they were a reasonably well focused football team.

“No. 1, we probably weren't as well prepared as we needed to be. Secondly, Baylor played extremely well both offensively and defensively. The combination of those two doesn't always provide favorable results.”

AGGIES-LONGHORNS COTTON BOWL MATCHUP?

Texas and Texas A&M's annual Thanksgiving night game ended when the Aggies joined the SEC. Oddly enough, there are some projections that have the two teams playing in the Cotton Bowl.

“That's way beyond us,” said Texas coach Mack Brown. “I hope they're right that we win enough games to get to a great bowl game. Obviously you'd love to play in the BCS if you can.

“There's always a lot of talk about Texas and Texas A&M. It's emotional this week since we're not playing them anymore in the regular season. But we're playing TCU Thursday night. All our focus will be on TCU.”

BAYLOR FOCUSES ON SIXTH WIN

The Bears' upset attracted a lot of national attention, but Baylor coach Art Briles said the focus to get at least one more win to become bowl eligible. Baylor plays Texas Tech at Cowboys Stadium and next week hosts Oklahoma State.

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by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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