October 30, 2007
Notes: K-State thinking more wins
Kansas State coach Ron Prince has made his goal for the 2007 season abundantly clear from the get-go: win the Big 12 North. That goal, though still mathematically possible, has started to look more and more like a pipe dream with every passing week, and the Wildcats may soon need to turn their focus elsewhere. K-State sits just one win away from meeting NCAA requirements for bowl eligibility, but Prince believes six wins won't be enough this season.
"I think there could be as many as nine or 10 bowl eligible teams (in the Big 12). So six wins really might not make you bowl eligible if you dig what I'm saying," Prince said on Monday.
And the second-year head coach just might be correct in his assessment. Nine Big 12 schools have won five or more games this season, and each has at least three games left on its schedule, so hitting the usually-magical six win plateau might not mean as much in 2007 as it has in past years.
Though Prince also pointed out the fact that many of the conference's top teams will begin to play each other in the coming weeks, he has also ensured that nobody in the Wildcats' locker room is ready to take the rest of the season off after recording a sixth victory.
"Coach talked to us about (bowl eligibility)," said sophomore quarterback Josh Freeman. "In this league, there are going to be probably seven or eight teams that end with seven or eight wins, so six is not going to get it done this year. We are going to have to win more games than that."
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