The Kansas State Wildcats are the feel-good story of college football.
Who couldn't root for this motley bunch and their 73-year-old sage of a coach?
Right now, the Wildcats are locked in for the BCS National Championship Game. However, much could change between now and the January winner-take-all showdown.
The purple clan should go ahead and savor the moment. I get the feeling this wonderful season is not going to end well.
While I'm confident K-State is going to win out and finish 12-0, the ‘Cats are going to get jobbed if Oregon and Alabama finish unbeaten.
It's not fair, but let's face it. K-State got too good, two years too soon before the long-awaited playoff kicks in.
Still, the stakes are monumental for a team the national media refers to as being from the "middle of nowhere, Kansas."
See, it's already started. No respect.
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A columnist in Miami writes, "Am Alabama/K-State matchup has all the excitement of a self-induced dry heave."
You know what? Screw those people. There's something special about K-State fans.
Sure, they're a proud bunch with a certain swagger.
For the most part, they appear grounded and not overly full of themselves.
We watch it the other way around here, with a fan base than can become downright arrogant and obnoxious.
It's almost like a sense of entitlement, and some fans feel winning is a birthright. That's why it's so refreshing to see Kansas State basking in the national spotlight.
Don't forget, football always has been -- and always will be -- king of college sports in America.
While these Wildcats haven't won anything yet, they're earning all kinds of respect by the way they carry themselves.
All class, all the time. Well, most of the time.
So on this day, I proclaim every man a wildcat -- ladies, too.
Enjoy the ride!
That's Jack's Smack.