So it’s Thanksgiving weekend which makes it kinda funny that it’s also Hate Week. We give thanks to what we have in this world and what’s to come, but at the same time we also unleash the rivalry hatred that builds up within us the whole fall. It’s quite exhilarating. We have joy and, half the time, have some hate joy. I can’t explain it. I’m just enjoying the ride. And the turkey. Continue reading Pick It And Stick It: Stuffed With Games
Yeah I’m a little late with this one, but I’ll blame ESPN College GameDay and ole Lee Corso for my tardiness. Hey, what can I say I really wanted to see which head he puts on his head. So it’s lightning quick pick it and stick time. The big one is the early one and there’s another to cap the night as well. Let’s put our pants on and fix our hair real quick and get to this. Continue reading Pick It And Stick It: Better Late Than Whatever
It’s not as goofy as you think. But there are some teams this week looking to bounce back after some tough losses in there last game and they gotta stay focused. You can’t look away from the wood whilst you chop it, you have keep on it and keep chopping. So this week’s Pick It And Stick It will sharpen that axe for Week 4. Let’s do this. Continue reading Pick It And Stick It: Gotta Chop That Wood
Yeah, it’s early in the season but that’s not the reason why tonight’s game is so huge. We are not going through a blah weekend like last weekend, which turned out to be surprisingly tasty. Nope, it’s the biggest because it’s the most anticipated game since the end of last year. It has the highly ranked Auburn Tigers going to Manhattan, Kansas to play the ranked Kansas State Wildcats. Buckle up….
I grew up in Kansas, but I’m no farmer. Shocking right? Well not really, but I have grown to love the rivalry that started all Great Plains rivalries. Yup, I’m talking about Farmageddon. It’s yearly tradition where Kansas State takes on Iowa State. It’s also very early in the year. It’s like getting up at the crack of dawn for the college football year’s day. There’s other games, too so let’s get started. Continue reading Pick It And Stick It: Morning Farm Time
Hey it’s another year of football for Kansas State and it’s a weird time to be a fan. Usually Kansas State comes in underpicked, underestimated, and just generally dumped on. Welp this year is different. The Wildcats ended the year strong with an even stronger win over Michigan in the bowl game. Now all of the sudden the pundits and spineless sports media are picking Kansas State to finish well.
It’s a weird feeling. If any fan, and team, watches and plays better with a chip on their shoulder, it’s Kansas State. So now it’s time to act like we’ve been there. Yes, we have, but that added extra juice of being the underdog is gone. What’s a K-Stater to do? I guess the best thing is to do what got you to this point.
For us fans, that means cheering loud and staying proud. Pretty easy. For the football team, that means Jake Waters tossing bombs to Tyler Lockett. That’s pretty easy, too, actually. It helps that there’s this sexy stats the pundits refer to that each returning Wildcat quarterback leads the team to 11 wins (minus the early Snyder teams). So Jake Waters has that going for him.
You know what else he has going for him? Collin Klein. No no, he’s not playing for the team again, he’s COACHING them. While you can’t teach those kind of running instincts, Collin Klein can at least give direction. And that’s exactly what he’s doing with Jake Waters. Dark horse Heisman right there. I expect Jake Waters to do great, great things this year. More so than Tyler Lockett, although he’s right up there.
The offense sort of has questions elsewhere. There’s a decent group of wide receivers coming back, even though Daniel Sams took off after losing the quarterback job. The running back situation will be a committee until someone shows up. I hope its fast. There’s a polarized set of experience on the offense line and I hope they gel fast too.
I’m not sure what’s up on defense. Ryan Mueller is the man on the defense line (and former St. Thomas Aquinas alum, like me). That’s about all I know. There’s a couple of JUCO transfers that will help out immediately and we’ll have to see what the team looks like when they take the field today. Chances are, they will be fundamentally sound but not the biggest and fasted. Just like the last couple of years.
So speaking of games, how do I see the Wildcats this year? After last year’s fist game turd, I expect them to punch the ball in quicker and grow a bigger lead in the first half against Stephen F. Austin and then let up on the peddle a bit. They won’t be vanilla the whole game. Not with what’s coming up next.
Right after that, it’s a brutal stretch. Farmageddon is next, then Auburn. Iowa State will be better on the offensive side of the ball now that they got Mark Mangino as the offensive coordinator. And it’s on the road. Even though it wasn’t close last year, it will be this year. Kansas State will win.
Auburn is the big tomato. At least it’s in Manhattan. I get the feel from Tigers fans that they are scared about this one. They should be. But for some reason, all of the hype surrounding Kansas State this year has at least alerted them to the danger that is the Wildcats. Which means the team will be ready. Will Kansas State be ready? Yes. Will they lose? Unfortunately, yes.
So what does the rest of the schedule look like? Let’s run it down. They come back down to Earth and beat up UTEP. Texas Tech is in Manhattan so that’s a Wildcat victory. That Oklahoma game is a toss up because they are getting overrated too. I’m going with a loss there. They will beat Texas and Oklahoma State in Manhattan. They will beat TCU and West Virginia on the road. They will roll Kansas.
So that leaves Baylor. On the road. Hey guess what? I’m going to the game! New stadium. Last game of the year. Will it be for the Big 12 title? I sure hope so. My guess is that it will have huge implications on the Big 12 title. That’s good enough for me. Because I just don’t think Kansas State can keep up with Baylor.
Which means I’m pretty much going chalk this year. Weak, isn’t it? That’s what happens when the hype matches where I actually think the team will be, which is about 3rd in the conference with 3 losses. Now what bowl game that will be, I don’t know. I hope it’s close to Austin so I can finally see the Wildcats in a bowl. But until then, I’ll keep cheering loud and staying proud. Go Wildcats!
It’s an easy method to take advantage of. Yesterday in my Dart Picks for the year, I explained that I was too busy/lazy to get anything together. That helped me avoid the blowout out by (shudders) Kenny Football and Texas A&M over South Carolina. I’m already up on the year! Let’s see what that cache will garnish me here for the rest of the kickoff weekend. Continue reading Pick It and Stick It 2014 Week 01: I Saved Faced By Waiting Until Today
It’s Friday and it’s late. I successfully avoided Black Friday and took the brunt of Thanksgiving yesterday. I took a day off yesterday and am now finally recovered enough to spit out my finger pickin’s flakes of college football destiny. Thanksgiving was a day for family and this weekend it’s been a family of rivalries. Heck I’m watching the Civil War at the moment (that’s Oregon vs Oregon State). We get more rivalries tomorrow and it’s time to give thanks and give picks to see who comes out on top. Continue reading Pick It And Stick It: It’s For The Birds
Yup, I’ll be at weekend two for this year’s Austin City Limits so I will miss out on watching some games. It does not, however, stop me from picking and sticking it. And my what a lovely set of picks this week. We have some meaty Top 25 match ups as well as some good ole rivalry action right here in the Big 12. Will I somehow recover from my awful pics so far? More importantly, will I recover from this weekend? Continue reading Pick It and Stick It: Austin City Pick Its
Time to dust to cobwebs again. This time, I was actually at a football stadium to watch live college football! So I don’t travel as much anymore which means that it was again at Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium. And yes, it was again Kansas State taking on the Texas Longhorns. While the outcome was different, the tailgating was not and it still made for a fantastic experience. Continue reading Stadiumspotting Was Back At Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium
In a week where there were no real matchups to watch, I found myself off at Darrel K. Royal Memorial Stadium to watch my Kansas State Wildcats take on the Texas Longhorns. It didn’t get exciting until the end but the whole stadium experience made up for it. Continue reading Purple Yeti Roar 87: Congrats Longhorns, I Hope You Keep Mack
It’s a little late but I’m back for some predictions and nose flickings by the way of Pick It and Stick It. It’s been a roller coaster year for my team, Kansas State, but we also have some peaks and valleys for others. I’ll predict just what will happen going into the weekends with no accountability attached to it. Yes, I’ll talk about this week’s Game of the Century as well. Continue reading Pick It and Stick It: Dangling Game of the Century
It’s not _here_ here but the season of college football kicked off last week with Media Days. Yes, it’s that time of year where the sports media and college football types get together and talk an enormous amount of smack. Watch me chime with that, SEC, Johnny Manziel, Florida, Antonio Morrison, FIU, Big 12, Kansas State, Bill Snyder, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas, NCAA, and EA Sports. Continue reading Purple Yeti Roar 78: Let The Media Days Begin!
It’s all Kansas State this week for me. Well, mosty purple. Kansas gets a nod in there too for winning a share of the Big 12 (_basketball_) Championship but it’s really the Wildcats that I’m excited about. Watch me talk about that Traevohn Wrench, Dalvin Warmack, BIll Snyder, Texas, Major Applewhite, Big 12, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Russell Athletic Bowl, Texas Tech, North Dakota State, and Luke Joeckel. Continue reading Purple Yeti Raor 59: Purple Champions
Yeah I couldn’t help it. Another dig at a crappy sport. But once you get passed that, you get to some other tasty college football news. Watch me talk about spring practice, NCAA, Miami, Nevin Shapiro, Texas Tech, Kliff Klingsbury, Alabama, Cam Cameron, LSU, Kansas State, Bill Snyder, ESPN, Big East, Disney, ABC, and NBC Continue reading Purple Yeti Roar 56: Quarterbacks and Receivers Report