Head coach Dana Holgorsen noted that reaching that eighth win would begin to "make some people hapy" with the Mountainers' progression, and provide the venue to get within a single victory of 10 wins in the bowl game. That would indicte obvious progress, and end the season on a six game winning streak. But first things first, as a solid Kansas State team playing for bowl eligibility and perhaps Bill Snyder's last postseason oportunity provides s good a late-season chalenge as WVU has had recently.
The Wildcats (5-6, 2-6) started 3-0, then hit the skids much like the Mountaineers when it ran into the Big 12's best. But it has rebounded with back-to-back wins against Iowa State and Kansas, and is looking to beat WVU for the fouth straight time in league play. K-State is as fundamentally sound as any total program, and relies upon that and basic execution to routinely challenge for top-tier status. This season, injuries and youth have slowed development, but Snyder's team has remain in games against the likes of Oklahoma State and TCU before wilting late. Holgorsen. above, details the match-ups and opponent player personnel, and speaks to the importance of finishing strong for the Mountaineers.