Matt Rhule has expressed admiration for the other coaches in the Big 12 Conference, that includes Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder who is in his 26th year at the helm of the Wildcats.
Snyder’s teams traditionally don’t wow you with flashy numbers, but usually win the turnover battle, penalty battle, and have a chance to beat you in the 4th quarter. Rhule wants to build this Baylor program in a similar image to what Snyder has built at Kansas State.
“I think the way he runs his program is exactly the way I want to run this program, and any program I’m associated with,” Rhule said. “Doing things the right way on and off the field, and the way they play. It’ll be an honor to be out there with him, and I look forward to shaking his hand before and after the game.”
The Bears finished even in the turnover battle last week and had just 29 penalty yards taking the Sooners to the wire, and Snyder sees this Baylor team improving every week.
“They’ve come in with the idea that they want to enhance the toughness and physicality of the players in the program, and I think they have done that,” Snyder said. “By the same token, they’re seeing that they have some skill at the receiving position, they have the capacity to throw the football, and they’ve spread people out. Against Oklahoma they looked far more like the Baylor of previous years than they had in the previous 3 games.”
The wildcats lead the all-time series with Baylor 8-6, but are coming off their first loss of the season against Vanderbilt on 9/16, prior to their Bye week.