Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder has been around college football more than long enough to know that it doesn’t matter where others – coaching peers, the media, even the fans – think his team will finish in any given season. It only matters what his team thinks and how they perform on the field each and every week.
With less than a week to go before the start of another college football season, most all of the talk and preseason praise of Big 12 football in 2014 appears to be heavily directed toward Oklahoma and Baylor.
Snyder doesn’t really care if his team is not a beneficiary of the preseason lovefest.
“Pick us to finish sixth,” the 74-year-old head coach says, referring to the 2012 season when the Wildcats were picked to finish sixth but went on to finish first. “Pick us third (where the Big 12 coaches project KSU this season)? Don’t care. Write is off after a 2-4 start with a loss to an FCS team. Whatever.
“It’s like what your folks told you.” Snyder continues. “You can do anything you want to if you put your mind to it and work hard. It takes more than hard work, but there’s truth to that. These young guys believe in the things our program believes in.”
K-State linebacker and 2014 co-captain Jonathan Truman echoes his head coach’s thoughts on the subject of preseason predictions:
“We’re not worried about what other people have to say,” the senior linebacker told reporters during the Big 12 Skywriters Tour. “We’ve always been told and always believed that it doesn’t matter where people rank us. It’s where we make people rank us at the end of the year based on our success.”
Truman is one of four former walk-ons who now start for Snyder at Kansas State.
Of note: Kansas State became just the eighth team in the BCS era to begin the season 2-4 and win eight games. What’s more, all of the Wildcats’ five losses in 2013 were by 10 points or less.