Bowl Game Projections 2012: Bill Snyder has Kansas State on track for another big bowl

Justin K. Aller

Another trip to the Fiesta Bowl might be on the itinerary of Bill Snyder and the resurrected Kansas State football program.

After eight weeks of the college football season, the cream is starting to rise to the top. Among the elite is the Kansas State Wildcats, who are coming off a 55-14 shellacking of No. 13 West Virginia on Saturday night.

That win marked Kansas State's second road win over a top-13 team this season, the other a win over No. 6 Oklahoma. It also placed the Wildcats as a firm favorite in the Big 12, which led SB Nation's Jason Kirk to predict Kansas State garnering the Big 12's BCS bid to the Fiesta Bowl.

Kirk pegs the Wildcats' Fiesta Bowl opponent as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. That game would match up two strong defenses and evokes visions of the gritty Collin Klein running into Manti Te'o in the middle of one of his signature runs.

Such a bowl berth would be a breakthrough in what is a new era for both Kansas State football and its fans, but would be a return to glory for coach Bill Snyder. Snyder previously coached the Wildcats to two Fiesta Bowl appearances, as well as to multiple berths in the Cotton and Holiday Bowls.

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