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Little Apple buzzing with pride over Wildcats

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While football in the Kansas City area has been disappointing this year, it's been just the opposite in Manhattan, KS.

With two more wins, the university could have the Heisman winner, the National Coach of the Year and a shot at the College Football National Championship, and all the success has the "Little Apple" buzzing.

Kansas State has a fan base on the brink of elation and it all starts with The Mask. An anonymous K-State fan started posting videos weekly on YouTube and the team hasn't lost since.

"I put the mask on and it kind of just latched on to me, it took over," the person known as The K-State Mask said.

While The Mask is not associated with the university, he is the example of the excitement level coach Bill Snyder and the Wildcats have given their fans this year.

Students said this could be the most magical season ever in Manhattan.

"We're super excited about being No. 1. I can't believe it, like I been here four years, it's really amazing," one student said.

"It's something we never experienced before, obviously, and we're all looking forward to it," another student said.

"Maybe a possibility for a national championship. I mean, being No. 1 is awesome," said yet another student.

Area businesses agree. They said the purple has the power for their pocketbook.

"It means the world to our business - obviously it brings in lots of different customers," Kyra Dreiling with K-State Superstore said.

While the Wildcats haven't exactly punched their ticket to the National Championship game just yet, people are already making plans to go along, if they do. The university is urging fans to call the ticket office as soon as possible to get on a waiting list for National Championship tickets, if the team makes the game.

"What we ask our fans to do is go online and order tickets from our website and they can select the games they would attend, if K-State was invited to attend that particular game," KSU AD John Currie said.

While fans stand ready for a trip to Miami, The Mask stands strong on his K-State message.

"You don't come in here and take anything lightly with us. If you're coming to Bill Snyder family stadium, plan on leaving with an ‘L,'" he said in one of his videos.

The Wildcats are getting more national attention - for example, quarterback Collen Klien is on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated.

When Snyder took over the Wildcats, they were the worst team in college football, and this week they are No. 1 in the BCS.

The Wildcats will play at Baylor Saturday, then wrap up the season at home against Texas in two weeks.

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