SB Nation's Bring On The 'Cats examines the importance of K-State's Thursday night clash with Nebraska:
Call me sensationalist. Call me hyperbolistic. (Did I just invent that word? It has a red squiggly under it.) Call me whatever you want, but in my view, the road that is the season for our 2010 Wildcats diverges right here, in a three-pronged fork.
First, let me be clear: I think that the Cats lose this game. The first two "paths" (6-6 and 8-4) are based upon that assumption. In all honesty, my 6-6 (2-6) assumption could well be 5-7 (1-7), since I'm basing it off the possibility (which is much greater than zero) that Nebraska "runs us out of the gym" so-to-speak. Let's say that Taylor Martinez runs for 150 yards and 2 TDs, and passes for 200+ yards and another 2 or 3 TDs, while Nebraska's Blackshirts pile 8 and 9 men in the box, holding Daniel Thomas to, say, 80 yards on 25 carries. This scenario absolutely demands that Carson Coffman throw for more than his typical 10-20 for 160 with a TD and an interception. Should he have this sort of average game, while DT is bottled up, and our defense is unable to contain Martinez and company, things will get ugly.