September 25, 2007

Wildcats searching for road formula

It's hard to classify Ron Prince's first season as Kansas State's head football coach as anything but a success. The Wildcats, who finished last season with a 7-6 record, earned their first bowl birth in three years and showed improvement in nearly every statistical category. K-State's 2006 season was far from perfect however, as the team struggled on the road, going 1-5 in six games outside of Bill Snyder Family Stadium, a record that must improve if Prince's team hopes to continue its forward progress this season.

"If you're ever going to win anything significant, you are going to have to be terrific on the road," Prince said, who is preparing his team to play at Texas on Saturday.

Whether Prince considers his goal of winning the Big 12's North Division significant or not is debatable, however, the fact that his team's ability to play on the road must progress significantly to meet his goal is not.

Winning road games isn't supposed to be easy, but it surely isn't as difficult as Kansas State has recently made it appear. The Wildcats have turned the ball over 20 times during their last seven road appearances, and it has become abundantly clear that, for whatever reason, Prince's team is far from comfortable with playing in front of opposing fans.

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