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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

Briles said the benefit of knocking off the No. 1 ranked team will enhance recruiting but the challenge is to avoid a letdown.

“What will help is this is Thanksgiving week where our guys only have classes on Monday and Tuesday, then we kind of get to isolate for two or three days, really make sure our focus is where it needs to be,” Briles said. “In our minds, as a program and a team, we haven't accomplished anything, yet.”

HORNED FROGS EMBRACE NATIONAL EXPOSURE

TCU coach Gary Patterson said one benefit to joining the Big 12 is every conference game is televised. This week, the Horned Frogs play at Texas on national television on Thanksgiving night.

“(OU) coach Bobby Stoops talked about he didn't like playing too many night games,” Patterson said. “I would take as many night games as I could because that means you're winning a lot of games, are at the top of the conference and everybody is watching you.”

And his thoughts on replacing A&M in Texas' traditional Thanksgiving game?

“That's an unbelievable deal for us,” Patterson said. “I've been watching the A&M-Texas game forever. For TCU to be part of that game is where we want to be.”

MOUNTAINEERS STRUGGLING IN BIG 12

Because he spent more than a decade in the Big 12 as an assistant coach at Texas Tech and Oklahoma State, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen was well aware the Mountaineers were stepping up in competition.

But losing five consecutive conference games is a reality check for a fan base accustomed to playing in BCS bowl games.

“I'd say that's an understatement,” Holgorsen said. “Because West Virginia has had so much success, won a lot the past couple of decades, they get used to that. Winning is contagious. It's also quite a bit of fun.

“So when you're used to it and it doesn't happen people get fairly bitter. It's been an eye opener to a lot of people. I think we fit in; it's just going to take some time to develop the way of life, the way it is.”

by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
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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