Musings at the mid-week:
* Well, Bill Snyder is coming back for another season.
* To which, Snyder would say, “Nothing really surprises me.’’
* Least of all him hanging on to coach football at Kansas State.
* No doubt, a fan base beleaguered by the uncertainty regarding just how long Snyder intends to stick around wants clarity.
* Will they get it, however?
* If K-State adequately addresses openings on defense, the 2018 outlook looks bright.
* There is, however, competition to resolve at quarterback.
* Or do Skylar Thompson and Alex Delton share the duties?
* So what ticks you off most about postseason in college football?
* Only four teams get selected for the playoffs?
* Or, an undefeated FBS team gets left out of that four-team mix?
* Some howling could be heard, and read, after Central Florida capped an unbeaten run by downing Auburn in the Peach Bowl.
* Auburn lost to UCF, but against the two CFP finalists the Tigers beat Alabama and split with Georgia.
* The semifinal wins were SEC atonement for Auburn’s early afternoon loss, which happened about the time many viewers wanted New Year’s Day aspirin to kick in.
* Those who want an eight-team playoff, preferably with room for a Group of Five entrant with proper credentials, such as UCF this season, must understand something.
* Bowls reflect tradition and possess clout.
* They employ some of the world’s best lobbyists.
* Their hospitality influences football power brokers, athletic administrators, coaches, players and media.
* Yes, I have enjoyed a bowl experience or two.
* I also agree with Snyder when he relates how the bowl system factored into K-State’s football reclamation.
* An expanded playoff works best with a mid-December round of quarterfinal games.
* Think Granddaddy wants to move his Rose Bowl off Jan. 1 to fit into the revised playoff structure?
* Another option would be to prolong college football into mid-January.
* That, however, would produce more scheduling conflicts with the NFL.
* And, drag out the college season.
* An eight-team playoff, however, is a fairer system.
* Especially if the champions of all Power 5 conferences get in automatically.
* If a team has a Heisman Trophy quarterback involved in an OT, make sure he attempts a pass.
* Oklahoma ran the football all three plays it executed in its first overtime against Georgia.
* Baker Mayfield did not appear that ill.
* Despite its 5-2 bowl record, the Big 12 could have used a CFP victory to boost credibility.
* Maybe it needed to add UCF during that worthless exploration into expansion.
* The league would have moved into the fertile football ground that is Florida.
* Sorry, but I am not ready to declare Nebraska is back just because Scott Frost is the new coach.
* I do, however, understand the enthusiasm and lean toward Frost succeeding.
* Nebraska’s definition of success, however, will be interesting.
* I like that Frost took a parting shot at the CFP committee for its stance on UCF.
* Within that room, programs considered to be elite will receive preference.
* It could even be considered part of the human element.
* Dear ESPN: Do not schedule college basketball the same day as the CFP semifinals.
* If you need the programming, create another platform to go with the CFP games.
* Anyone take actual aspirin anymore?