"He's a better football coach than I am," Snyder said. "Their players are accustomed to a demanding program. They work extremely hard. Our ballgames have been close for the last four years, and we've been fortunate to win each one."
Far-fetched as it may sound, Iowa State still has bowl aspirations. The Cyclones would have to win out to become eligible, but the only ranked team left on their schedule is Oklahoma. "That bowl eligibility is still right there," defensive lineman Brandon Jensen said.
Close games have been a bane for Kansas State all season, too. Two of its four losses have been by four points or fewer, and it led No. 5 Baylor in the second half of a 35-25 loss.
"You just look at how they have played over the course of the year, there are some similarities there between us," Snyder said of the Cyclones. "We have not, in our own right, been good enough to win those ballgames that were there for the taking."