Snyder Looking ONLY at Saturday

The name Tennessee Tech will not strike fear in many Wildcat fans, but the Golden Eagles have the total respect of Bill Snyder's Wildcats. Tech, however, has not been the theme of the week. Instead, K-State's focus has only been on K-State.

"We are in a position where we need to take it one day at a time … just try to get better every day," said Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder.

"We are not in a position where we can look ahead to see what the rest of the season is going to look like. We are just trying to piece things together day by day."

Saturday, that focus will be on Tennessee Tech in a 1:10 p.m. kick-off at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Guaranteed win?

K-State has won 13 games in a row against FCS team; K-State is 61-14 against non-conference opponents in Bill Snyder's 18 seasons; and, Snyder-coached teams are 43-5 in the month of September.

All are positive numbers, but don't even hint to Snyder that all the team has to do is show up to get the W.

"I don't know what would make any of us to believe we could take any game for granted," said Snyder. "What have we done to think like that? To me, that's nonsensical. Our guys are not unintelligent young guys. They know there is work ahead of them. It's not who we play on Saturday, but it is how we prepare to play."

With Snyder, it truly is a theme of being better on Wednesday than on Tuesday, be better Thursday than on Wednesday, be better Friday than on Thursday, and be better this Saturday than any previous Saturday of the year.

It's the message Snyder has delivered in each of his 18 years as head coach of the Wildcats, and the one the players have heard.

"We can't take anybody lightly," said defensive end Jeff Fitzgerald. "We're not in position to take any team likely. We know we'll have to play our best."

Senior linebacker John Houlik added, "Our goal every game is to go 1-0. We don't look any further down the road than that."

With a 1-2 record, senior offensive tackle Nick Stringer says, "We are a hungry team right now. We are disappointed in the way things turned out. We had high expectations going down to UCLA and we played well for the first three quarters. We are ready to get back on the field and build on the things that we learned." Tennessee Tech, 1-1, will be K-State's next challenge.

It's a team Snyder defines as " … a young football team that is very deep. They seem to play well during the latter part of the game. They are a very well coached team. Watson Brown has been around for a long time and he has them playing very well in all areas of their game. You rarely find them out of position. It seems that they are always in position to make plays. They have good team speed. They have some talented players who have put up some good numbers throughout the season."


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