After watching the K-State football team struggle through a stretch of four losses in five games, it's hard to imagine that, after winning last week against Iowa State 31-10 to improve to 5-4 overall on the season, the team is just one win shy of reaching the six-win plateau.
But that is exactly where the Wildcats stand. With one more win they will eclipse the mark that would make them bowl eligible for the first time since 2003, and everybody on the team knows that winning one more game will not be a simple task.
Winning the sixth game would require one of two things. Either winning a Big 12 Conference game on the road against either Colorado or Kansas (something the Wildcats have not done since beating Missouri in 2004), or defeated the No. 4-ranked team in the country at home, the Texas Longhorns.
The answer to one of the questions will be answered this weekend, as K-State travels to Boulder, Colo., to take on the Colorado Buffaloes (1-8 overall, 1-4 Big 12).
Some players were available for the weekly press conference, and they talked about how they feel about the game, and some of them talked about their new roles on the team.
Quarterback Josh Freeman on the importance of Saturday's game
"This game is just as big as last week. Coach says that November is just like the playoffs; if you want to play in the postseason you have to win in November and that's where we are and we have to get it done."
Coach Ron Prince on running backs James Johnson and Leon Patton
"I just like whoever gives us the best chance to win that week. Sometimes guys get into a little bit of a groove and you let them go with it. I think if you look at Patton's batting average, it looks pretty good. He got in there for a play and did something real positive with it. It goes all the way to practice – we're looking at competition everyday in practice. Those guys know that with every single play, we're evaluating what they're going. No matter what the score is, we're interested in how everybody's performing."
Johnson on his movement up the depth chart
"When I started the team after junior college ball, I was like sixth or seventh on the depth chart. It was just another step in my life and I don't want anything given to me. I want to earn everything I get."
Linebacker Antwon Moore on how Brandon Archer and Zach Diles have helped him.
"Brandon Archer has really helped teach me the plays and some things I need to do on the field like playing with quickness and since I am a smaller linebacker, I need to use my quickness instead of trying to run through an offensive lineman. Both he and Zach Diles have given me keys to be successful on the football field."