OPINION: K-State sports may get some respect next year

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Cheer squad runs flags across the endzone during the K-State football game against Iowa in Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Nov. 25, 2017. (Nathan Jones | Collegian Media Group)

It seems like every year the preseason coaches and media polls come out for both football and basketball and K-State is always very low.

I will say sometimes for good reason, but other times I’m not sure why.

I was thinking about this after having a conversation with someone is the media industry who said K-State just never gets the respect that other Big 12 teams get.

They win a bowl game and some say well football is their sport. They go to the Elite 8 and some say it was just luck.

This person in the media who I talked to is not a K-State fan and has no affiliation with Manhattan at all.

That’s why I am thinking to myself today, maybe K-State and its teams thrive on having the motivation of not being looked very highly within the league.

As I said before, sometimes the Wildcats shouldn’t be that high in the preseason polls because things don’t look good for the upcoming season.

But with that said, I hope K-State gets some respect next year for both basketball and football.

In particular, the football the team will be one of the best in the Big 12 and it should be in the top three of the preseason poll if not better.

The football team will have lots of players coming back and it is hard to go against head coach Bill Snyder and what he has done every year in Manhattan.

Is it bad for K-State to be lower than third?

It doesn’t seem like it because K-State next year will show everyone that they are wrong about this team.

I don’t have a vote for any of these preseason polls, but if I did this team would be very high on my ballot.

It will be interesting to see if the teams will gets the respect they deserve or if they will have any reason for motivation this year.

Avery Osen is a graduate student in mass communications. The views and opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Collegian. Please send comments to opinion@kstatecollegian.com.

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