Last season, Bill Snyder tried his best to save his friend's job. It didn't succeed, but hey, it was a Texas win. And you know what Longhorn fans say if you ask them if Texas is a rival? That you can't have a rivalry if one team wins all the time. Well, they got their win last year. Time to put things back the way they belong.
The game: Kansas State (5-1, 3-0, 11/11) hosts the Texas Longhorns (3-4, 2-2). This will be the 15th meeting between the two schools. K-State leads the series 8-6, and 7-3 in Big 12 play. In Manhattan, K-State leads the series 5-1, the lone loss being a 17-14 setback in 2002. On average, when playing Texas in Manhattan the Wildcats win 37-18.
Odds: K-State is a ten-point favorite, slightly down from a 12-point open. The over/under is 48, so Vegas sees this as a 29-19 Wildcat win.
Kickoff: Saturday, October 25 at 11:00am CT, Bill Snyder Family Stadium (52,830) in Manhattan, Kansas.
Tickets: All seats are sold out, though limited standing-room-only tickets remain on the northeast hill for $70. Tickets are available on the secondary market for as little as $65, but those are very limited in number; the average setback is more in the neighborhood of $150.
Television: ESPN, with the same team which announced last week's Oklahoma game: Dave Pasch on play-by-play, Brian Griese on color, and Tom Luginbill on the sidelines.
Radio: Lots of options this weekend. Obviously, the game will air on the K-State Sports Network, with Wyatt Thompson, Stan Weber, and Matt Walters; also available on Sirius/XM 91. The game also airs on select Westwood One Radio affiliates, with Jason Benetti and Derek Rackley. In Texas, or nationally on Sirius 117/XM 202, Craig Way, Roger Wallace, and Quan Cosby have the call for the Longhorn IMG Radio Network, and on XM 550 you can even catch a Spanish-language broadcast with Dr. Rubén Pizarro-Silva and John Jagou.
Online: ESPN3/WatchESPN; free audio streaming via both KStateHD.tv with the radio team and on TexasSports.com with their radio team. On the K-State Radio Network, K-State Gameday begins at 10:10pm, with Bruce Haertl. Live stats via Gametracker.
Other options: Bring on the Cats hosts Kansas City-area watch parties in partnership with The Granfalloon, located at 608 Ward Parkway in the Country Club Plaza. If you can attend the game, attend the game, but if not, come join us and enjoy the game, good eats, drinks, and the company of your fellow Wildcat faithful. TB might be in attendance, and you'll want to get there early -- for our previous watch parties, the room was packed.
BOTC INVADES MANHATTAN
If you're attending the game, or are in Manhattan but don't have tickets, be aware that the majority of the BOTC staff will be on site, including Jon (in his first appearance in Manhattan in... a long time), Derek, JT, KSUEMAW!, PurpleBrunette, Nugget, Kansas Slim, and -- although his presence will be somewhat limited due to other obligations -- Curtis. Details on what exactly we'll be doing pre-game are still a bit iffy; you'll want to check Jon's Twitter feed (@jonfmorse) and the Bring on the Cats Facebook page for updates both Friday afternoon and evening and during the day on Saturday. Even if our plans for some form of formal event fall through, we'll still be rampaging around Manhattan. We really look forward to meeting as many of you as we can if you're in town.
Also a reminder that this is Homecoming week, with the usual slate of events, including the Homecoming parade Friday evening. Kevin and Aaron Lockett serve as the grand marshals for this year's parade, which will begin at 5:30pm Friday afternoon at Manhattan Town Center, proceeding down Poyntz to 11th Street, up to Moro, through Aggieville to Manhattan Avenue, and then south to City Park where the parade will conclude with a pep rally at 6:30pm. At the rally, Bill Snyder and Jeff Mittie will address the throng and the Homecoming winners will be announced.
Lastly, you can expect that a bunch of the BOTC crew will be somewhere Friday and Saturday nights to watch Games Three and Four of the World Series, and the more the merrier. Again, details on that as they firm up.
Have a great weekend, and as always, GO CATS!