Missouri and Kansas State Gradecards: Kansas State gives Snyder win on 72nd birthday sending Missouri to worst start since 2001

Brian Graham, KC SportsNation A friend and I debated Kansas State's hot start. I said earlier in the week that the close, come-from-behind wins over Miami and Baylor gave Kansas State confidence, and momentum heading into Saturday's showdown with Missouri. He said the law of averages will pan out, and Kansas State will lose. Unfortunately, I was right. Another game, another time I ask myself, "how did Kansas State win that game?" I guess its time to stop asking the question, and just accept it. Bill Snyder is the man. Somehow, someway, the Cats, now undefeated at 5-0 after a 24-17 win over visiting Missouri, win games with less talent -- they have now done it three times this year -- and win it ugly. I don't know how the hell they are 5-0, but they are. I guess its time some credit is given when credit is due. Kansas State is 5-0 after a 24-17 win over visiting Missouri, giving head coach Bill Snyder a win on his 72nd birthday and winning for the first time in six [Read more...]

Analogy FAIL!

Coastal Carolina Coach Bennett makes a point about something.  Not sure what, but give this man a raise because his screen door sounds like a piece of (bleep).

Big 12 Rewind: Power Rankings, Performers of the Week and Oct 8 Preview

Big 12 play is fully underway as every team has now played at least one conference game. The question this week is, how good are the good offenses in this conference, and how bad is Kansas, Texas Tech and Baylor at defending the football? What will these good offenses do to these defenses? Baylor and Tech can make up for it with a good offense...Kansas? Not so much. And what about the offenses? To put it into perspective, Missouri is 11th nationally with 517 yards per game, but is sixth in the Big 12. Wow! How good is the Big 12? Five of the nation's 15 undefeated teams are in the Big 12, the most of any conference with Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas State, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State a combined 20-0 and 27-3 (.900) record in non-conference play is the best among all conferences since 1996. Rank Team Record Pts Last 1. Oklahoma (4-0, 1-0) (50) (1): Unanimous selection. Oklahoma dropped a spot in the national polls again, despite rolling Ball State 62-6 Saturday. Landry [Read more...]

K-State gradecard: Cats, Klein, win late again…

Brian Graham, KC SportsNation MANHATTAN—Kansas State was two minutes from losing to FCS Eastern Kentucky, a goalline stand away from losing to Miami and trailed by nine in the fourth quarter to Baylor…and they won them all. Not even a career day from Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright and another spectacular day in what has become commonplace from quarterback Robert Griffin was enough for Baylor to get its first-ever Big 12-opening win.

Conference Realignment Update: Thur Oct 6, 2011: TCU expected join Big 12 for 2012 season

The Big 12 Presidents and Chancellors have agreed to invite TCU to the league. If TCU accepts, which it is anticipated that they will, it will be TCU's 6th conference since 2005. A friend of mine gave them a suitable title, "Little Orphan of D-1." Classic. TCU is expected to pay a $5 million exit fee to the Big East -- a conference they NEVER competed in -- and will be a member of the Big 12 for the 2012-2013 academic/athletic year. TCU was scheduled to join the Big East on July 1, 2012. Everyone is reporting it as a done deal, and it is expected to be announced later today. TCU chancellor Victor J. Boschini told the Big East Thursday they have scheduled a board of regents meeting today where "we expect to accept an offer to join the Big 12." A statement from the Big 12: "Acting upon a unanimous recommendation of its expansion subcommittee, the Big 12 Conference Board of Directors this morning authorized negotiations with Texas Christian University to become the [Read more...]

Conference Realignment Update Oct 5, 2011: Bill Self comments on MU-KU rivalry’s future if Mizzou bolts for SEC

7:35 am: Bill Self had some strong comments in regards to what could happen to the MU-KU rivalry if MU and KU would no longer be in the same conference. "To me it’s a great rivalry, one of the best in college basketball without question, but I don’t think I would be interested in having a once a year game like I did when I was at Illinois, playing Missouri,” the Kansas basketball coach told the Lawrence Journal-World on Tuesday night. "I could probably change my mind (but) trust me, we would have no trouble finding another nonleague game to play. I love the rivalry. Playing home and home in the league is great and all those things ... (but) I can’t imagine, why would we continue playing? If they choose to be somewhere other than with us and with the other schools that they’ve been a part of and could jeopardize the future of the other schools ... I’m not going to make a commitment now that we’d ever play again. I’m not saying we won’t. I’m certainly not going to pretend that we [Read more...]

Conference Realignment Update: Oct 4, 2011: Missouri’s BOC votes unanimously to give Chancellor Deaton power to explore conference affiliation

10:29 pm: Remember when everyone bashed Nebraska, then Texas A&M for leaving the Big 12, saying they "couldn't compete?" Well Missouri fans, it will be thrust upon you now after the Missouri Board of Curators gave Chancellor Brady Deaton the authority to explore conference affiliation. To me, this is the last major hurdle Missouri has to leap to leave the Big 12. Officially, MU hasn't stated it is leaving the Big 12. But it sure as hell doesn't sound like they're staying. Missouri had two choices today, "We are proud members of the Big 12" or today's result. You tell me, what you think today's decision means. If they are posturing for more leverage, they can't posture any further. But, remember Oklahoma did the same thing and everyone thought they were headed to Pac-12 and didn't leave. This doesn't mean Missouri is gone, but it sure seems that way. I think Missouri is gone. I'd say its about a 80-90% chance. More telling signs: 1) It doesn't take four hours to [Read more...]

The Very Unofficial Transcript of Cassel vs. Haley

    Andrew Cangelose, KC SportsNation   Lip reading is of course an inexact science (see Seinfeld Season 5: The Lip Reader).  With that said, here is my unofficial transcript of the heated exchange between Cassel and Haley: Cassel jogs off the field after throwing a ball into the ground after a busted screen play.  Haley gestures with his finger for Cassel to come hither. Haley:  Matt are you alright?  I thought I saw your penis and balls fall off on the field somewhere.  We should probably call a time out, check the replay, get an usher out there to look for them. Cassel: What? Haley: Your dong and donuts.  You lost 'em?  Cause your playing like a (bleep) ! Cassel:  (Bleep) you! Cassel goes to the bench to retrieve his hat.  He’s obviously been practicing placing the hat on his head since last week, as he successfully gets it to stick on the first try.  He walks back up to Haley. Cassel:  Don’t call me a (bleep)!  Haley:  [Read more...]

Chiefs Grade Card – Oct. 2nd vs. Vikings

Chiefs Grades vs. Vikings Matt Cassel – C Looked a little like Matt Cassel from last year.  Would be good enough to win more games if we still had Jamal Charles, but even Cassel’s best efforts aren’t going to lead this team to very many victories. Dexter McCluster – C Nothing spectacular still.  But no fumbles. Thomas Jones – D+ Doesn’t seem to be hitting the hole as hard this year.  For as tough as he’s advertised, he sure does go down easily.