Here's the problem with giving Ron Prince one more year if Kansas State has another poor Big 12 showing: The Wildcats' roster has 39 juniors on it. Landing a monster class to replace that one could lay the foundation for K-State returning to its winning ways.
First-year coaches hold a huge advantage against lame-duck coaches because no competitor can use the very effective negative tactic of asking a recruit, "Do you really want to join a program that is going to fire its coach? You might not like the next guy. He might like his own recruits better than he likes you. It's something you should think about."
This is just Prince's third year, but if he's not the guy, he's not the guy.
With such an aggressive drive going on to raise funds for facilities upgrades for the athletic department, donors are in a position of influence. They might even be inclined to let it be known they will pony up if and only if K-State gets a new football coach.
Kansas 31, Iowa State 21: The Cyclones don't have a productive running back, but the best way to beat Kansas is through the air anyway, so nobody should be shocked if this ends up being a close game.
Texas Tech 48, Kansas State 28: K-State can't tackle.
Missouri 41, Nebraska 31: Virginia Tech's so-so offense scored 35 points and amassed 377 yards in offense against the Cornhuskers. Missouri last won in Lincoln on Nov. 18, 1978. Sarah Palin was 14 then.
Ohio State 20, Wisconsin 17: Speedy freshman Terrelle Pryor has turned senior Todd Boeckman into a backup and Pryor leads the Buckeyes in rushing. He's averaging 6.2 yards per carry. Pryor, the nation's top-ranked recruit, became the first player in the football-rich history of Pennsylvania to both run and pass for 4,000 yards.
Miami 24, Florida State 21: Remember when this game had so much sizzle?
Michigan 34, Illinois 31: The Wolverines, coming off a come-from-behind upset victory against Wisconsin, have won their last six games vs. Illinois. With the massive home crowd cheering them on, make it seven in a row for the Wolverines.
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