It's only mid-season, but this week is a "must win" for K-State if it hopes to become bowl-eligible.
Having played a schedule that includes two I-AA type teams, and having a 3-3 record after six games, K-State needs to complete the rest of the season with a 4-2 record to reach the necessary seven wins.
The most realistic victories come in the next two weeks when the 1-1, 3-3 Wildcats will host 0-1. 3-2 Texas A&M, and 0-1, 1-4 Colorado. Win those two somewhat toss-up games, and then K-State must pull two monster upsets in the final month of the season at Oklahoma, home games with Missouri and Kansas, and a road finale at Nebraska.
In part, the leadership will have to come from coaching. But in part, it will come from the players.
"I think that's always been a significant role of the seniors in your program. We strive to enhance our leadership throughout the course of the season," said coach Bill Snyder. "It's been an uphill battle, but we'll see. They're in a position right now where either somebody steps up, or we take a deeper dive in the tank. We'll see how they respond.
"I'd like to think that we have some young people that truly are pained by this and certainly don't want it to happen again and who want us to continue to improve as we had previously," Snyder said after the 66-14 loss at Texas Tech. "We'll make an attempt to display the leadership that would help guide our football team in that direction."
Left guard Zach Kendall said that fans will be seeing a team lined up against Texas A&M "… prepared to play angry."
Angry about their performance against Texas Tech.
"That was very humbling. It was a slap in the face," said KSU guard Zach Kendall. "It was a rude awakening. Now we're excited to play again and play angry."
Senior Nick Stringer added, "We're just trying to put one foot in front of the next. We're going to keep our head up and move forward. This is not a team that is going to hang its head."
Coach Bill Snyder said the quarterback position between Grant Gregory and Carson Coffman was "… on a week-to-week basis right now. We have to look at the performance of both players during the week and determine what is best for our team. I wish that it wasn't this way. I have never been a fan of a two-quarterback system, but whoever practices well that week will be the starter. I don't think that is the best way to do it, but that is the situation that we are faced with right now." p>• INJURIES:
Snyder indicated that all Wildcats would be available on Saturday – Tysyn Hartman, who suffered a mild concussion, plus Brandon Harold and Daniel Thomas who left the game with knee injuries.