Either today or tomorrow, we will start detailing our biggest questions going into spring practice. We all should be re-energized after a frenetic close to National Signing Day. The good thing for us is that their are an obscene amount of topics to discuss in the days leading up to spring practice.
On to some news...
Bring on the Cats, the Kansas State blog on SBNation, has launched the first counter attack to the abuse the football program will take all year from the media, probably until the 2009 season concludes, regarding who they scheduled to fill out their final spots. The Wildcats non-conference schedule looks like this: UMass (FCS), @ Louisiana-Lafayette, @ UCLA and Tennessee Tech (FCS) (the final one to be added to the group). Looks like their administration did them no favors either schedule a home and home with Louisiana-Lafayette (see Miami-OH this year for the Buffs). BOTC makes a compelling argument, mostly around finances as the reason the schedule appears the way it does, but we have seen this too many times out of Kansas State to really buy that they aren't trying to manufacture wins rather than get their finances in check. In 2008, Kansas State had North Texas, Montana State and Louisiana-Lafayette on the schedule. In 2007, San Jose State and Missouri State. In 2006, Illinois State, Florida Atlantic and Marshall. In 2005, Marshall, Florida International and North Texas...the list can go on and on. If Kansas State had as many as two BCS schools on their non-conference schedule in any of the last 5 years, that would help with their argument. You can check out the stellar non conference schedules of years past here. Yes, Colorado's non conference schedule is nothing to brag about this year but it is way better than Kansas State's and our past and future schedules have been some of the more brutal OOC schedules in the Big 12.
The tough news for KState fans is that you can only count one win against an FCS team for your bowl eligibility. So the lucky number for them is 7 wins.
Doug Bonham of the Colorado Daily was at the Town Hall event yesterday on the Colorado campus to take in Mike Bohn and Dan Hawkins discussion around the state of CU athletics. The unfortunate thing is that Colorado students were MIA. Don't expect that tonight...Blake Street Tavern in Denver should have a good crowd tonight (6:00 pm)