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CFN Analysis: Kansas State coasts over TCU

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Posted Nov 10, 2012


The CFN Instant Analysis of Kansas State's solid win over the Horned Frogs

Richard Cirminiello

It’s not going to earn the Cats any style points if it starts playing like Notre Dame.

Winning in Fort Worth when Gary Patterson is on the sidelines can be tricky, even in this so-so season for the Horned Frogs. However, most voters won’t want to hear it on Sunday morning. Now that there are only three unbeaten contenders left, each weekend is going to be a crucial chance to showcase why you ought to be ranked No. 1 or No. 2. Kansas State remained perfect, 23-10, but it failed to take full advantage of its opportunity to turn heads.

Add a little gold paint to that Powercat logo on the helmet, and K-State would have been Manhattan’s version of ND this season. The offense sputtered, failing to reach 300 yards, and producing as many turnovers—two—as touchdowns. And it was the defense that carried the team to win No. 10, harassing Trevone Boykin all night in the pocket, and keeping TCU off the scoreboard until midway through the third quarter, when the game was long out of reach. Unfortunately, a stout D lacks sex appeal, as the Irish have learned this fall.

Three undefeated teams vying for the two spots in the Jan. 7 BCS National Championship. The beauty pageant is full-on, with voters looking to be wowed, week-in and week-out. K-State won the battle tonight, but not the war, tapping the brakes down the stretch when it should have been gunning the engine and pitching a shutout.

By Phil Harrison
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It wasn’t pretty, but it was more than enough. While the dominoes continue to fall around everyone, one team just keeps getting it done with little drama.

It what many believed to be a bit of a trap game, Kansas State methodically dismantled TCU in Fort Worth tonight. It wasn’t the explosive kind of game were used to seeing from Collin Klein and his supporting cast, but it was the style and attitude needed against a game TCU defense looking to make another headline tonight.

If anything, the Wildcats have shown this year that simply playing good fundamentally sound football, without gimmicks and without a gunslinger’s mentality of gambling the farm, is enough to win convincingly each and every week. It’s as if the kids from the little apple know that their team is better than the matchup every week so why not just go out and beat the man in front of you until the scoreboard is smiling.

Of course it doesn’t hurt to have a great coach and players to execute either.

What a great story it would be for Bill Snyder to come out of retirement and remodel a program that was already built once under him all the way back to a national title game appearance. It would be a great footnote to add a Heisman trophy quarterback as the cherry on top.

Thanks to Alabama’s loss, and the efficient manner that the Wildcats continue to toss aside opponents, that is becoming more and more of a reality. And thanks to no title game in the Big Twelve, there are just two more hurdles to get over.

You can bet the Wildcats will try and get over those hurdles as efficiently and methodically as they have through their first ten games of 2012.

By Matt Zemek
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On a day when Alabama lost and Florida almost suffered an ambush against a Sun Belt Conference team, the SEC's foremost teams needed to look to the leader of the Big 12 for guidance on how to deal with a mid-November landmine.

TCU was thin at a number of positions due to various off-field controversies that have ensnare the Horned Frogs over the past several months, but Gary Patterson is an ambush master. He knocked off Oklahoma several years ago. He stunned Boise State last year, and a week ago, he opted for a ballsy two-point play to beat West Virginia in overtime in Morgantown. Playing a road night game against TCU is not the easiest assignment for any college football team. On a substantially dramatic Saturday, Kansas State had to step into the ring and prove itself again.

No sweat. No drama. No problem.

Yes, it's true that Notre Dame's overall resume has probably overtaken Kansas State's in terms of quality. Stanford and BYU lend measures of heft to the Fighting Irish's portfolio that Kansas State can't quite match. Yet, let that discussion run its course in the fullness of time. For now, simply appreciate the extent to which Kansas State is taking care of business. The Wildcats own the mindset and methods of an NFL team. More than Oregon or Notre Dame, the Cats manifest the punch-the-time-clock modus operandi that defines a bunch of icily focused professionals. No, these young men from the Little Apple don't pull down paychecks, but they're earning more and more respect each time they take the field… and then leave it with a convincing victory safely tucked away.

Kansas State has won road night games in Norman, Morgantown, and now Fort Worth in 2012. You can't rattle these cool Cats. You have to beat them on the merits of skill and by dint of superior talent.