Make or Break Time for The 'Cats

MANHATTAN, Kan., - Kansas State heads into the final two games of its season in first place in the Big 12 North with a 4-2 league mark and 6-4 record overall. But, there's a "but" to this story. K-State still needs at least one win to become bowl-eligible heading into final games with Missouri and at Nebraska.

Talk about life on the edge, Kansas State is certainly living it.

The Wildcats are so close to being so special with a Big 12 North title and being bowl-eligible, but as quarterback Grant Gregory says, "We feel good about what's ahead, but we also know we haven't accomplished anything if we don't keep winning."

OK, here are the scenarios for the Wildcats with games remaining against 5-4 Missouri Saturday at 11:30 a.m., and at 6-3 Nebraska next Saturday at 6:45 p.m.

Kansas State leads the Big 12 North at 4-2, while Nebraska is one-half game back at 3-2. The Cornhuskers still must play at Kansas, host K-State and travel to Colorado.

This season, K-State is 5-0 at home, but 0-4 on the road (plus one neutral site win); NU is 4-2 at home and 2-1 on the road.

• If KSU wins out, the Big 12 North title belongs to the Wildcats

• If KSU defeats NU, the North title belongs to the Wildcats no matter the outcome of the MU game

• If KSU defeats MU and loses to NU, the Wildcats win the North if NU loses its other two games

• If KSU goes 0-2 and NU 3-0 or 2-1, the title belongs to the Cornhuskers

• If KSU defeats MU and loses to NU, the Cornhuskers could split their other two games and win the North via the head-to-head tie-breaker

Yes, Colorado also has only three Big 12 losses (2-3) with a closing schedule of at Iowa State, at Oklahoma State and hosting Nebraska. The Buffs would likely have to win-out to be in the mix.

Iowa State (2-4), Kansas (1-4) and Missouri (1-4) are all but out of the title chase.

HOW ABOUT THIS FOR A TREND:

The K-State defense will try to continue a woeful Missouri second-half trend this year in Big 12 play when the teams meet Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Through five games, Mizzou has scored 9, 17, 7, 33 and 27 points in the first half of games. In the second half of those same games, the Tigers have scored 3, 0, 0, 3 and 5 points.

That's right, MU has not scored a TD in the second half of any Big 12 game,
and it has scored a total of 11 second-half points.

ANOTHER LOCKETT:

Taking a recruiting visit to the K-State campus last week was Tyler Lockett, the son of KSU all-time receiving record holder Kevin Lockett.

Tyler Lockett is a junior at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Okla. Kevin reports that Tyler is a receiver/d-back with athletic ability more like his brother, Aaron's.

BIG SENIOR CLASS:

Kansas State will say farewell to 24 seniors on Saturday when it hosts Missouri.

That's a huge class in depth, but also talented. Consider the Wildcats without these nine seniors in 2010: QB Grant Gregory, RB Keithen Valentine, LB John Houlik, LB Ulla Pomele, LT Nick Stringer, WR Brandon Banks, TE Jeron Mastrud, DE Jeffrey Fitzgerald and DT Daniel Calvin.

This class will try to become the first senior class since 1999 to complete an undefeated senior season. The Wildcats are 5-0 with wins over UMass, Tennessee Tech, Texas A&M, Colorado and Kansas.


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