NCAA rules say six wins makes a team bowl eligible.
Prince said the subject hasn't been discussed much, but did say, "We know that we're in the hunt if we do the things that we're supposed to do."
That's win games against Iowa State, then Nebraska, then Missouri, and then Fresno State. But for now, he says, "We need to go out and play well, practice well and handle this game (ISU), which is just about all this team can handle. All the teams that are trying to fight to stay in it are going to start to play each other. This is where we want to be able to play our best football in November."
Last November, K-State defeated Colorado and Texas, before losing to Kansas to finish the regular season 7-5. That later slipped to 7-6 with the loss to Rutgers in the Texas Bowl. The Big 12 Conference had nine bowl eligible teams in 2006 with eight of those entering postseason plays. Kansas went 6-6, which included winning three of its last four games, but did not get one of the eight bowl games that the league is attached to.
With that as a vivid memory, Prince says, "I don't think that six wins will be good enough." Already bowl eligible this year are 8-0 Kansas, 7-1 Missouri, 7-1 Oklahoma, 7-2 Texas, 6-3 Texas A&M and 6-3 Texas Tech.
With wins Saturday, 5-3 Kansas State, 5-3 Oklahoma State and 5-4 Colorado could become the seventh, eighth and ninth bowl eligible teams. That would leave 4-5 Nebraska needing two wins in its last three games, and 3-6 Baylor needing to sweep its final three games, to reach bowl eligible status.
The lone team out of it is 1-8 Iowa State.
On the subject, quarterback Josh Freeman said, "Coach addressed it. He said in this league there is going to be probably seven or eight teams that end with seven or eight wins, so six is not going to get it done this year."
In 2005, eight teams were bowl eligible (seven wins), and all eight advanced. In 2004, seven teams were eligible, and all seven advanced. In 2003, eight teams advanced, which included a 6-6 Kansas team.
NELSON MAKES FINAL 12
Kansas State receiver Jordy Nelson has been named as a semifinalist for the 2007 Biletnikoff Award.
Nelson is the first K-State receiver to reach this status since Quincy Morgan in 2000. The only other Wildcat to reach the semifinalist listing was Kevin Lockett in 1996. Nelson has caught 76 passes for 1,008 yards and seven touchdowns this year. For his career, he has 160 receptions for 2,224 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Three finalists will be chosen at a later date with the winner being announced on December 6 during ESPN's College Football Awards Program in Orlando, Fla.
The Indianapolis Colts have added former Kansas State linebacker Brandon archer to its active roster.
Archer initially signed as a free agent with the Colts on May 3, but was waived on Sept. 1 and then signed with Minnesota's practice squad. Waived by the Vikings on Sept. 12, the Colts re-signed Archer to their practice squad on Oct. 17.