If you'd suggested in the pre-season that this game would be a walkover, you'd have been laughed at. Most of our readers did pick K-State to win this one, but (a) they weren't figuring it to be a walkover and (b) they're homers.
Of course, it may not be a walkover, and there's always the chance disaster could strike. Oklahoma State themselves know this all too well. But just like last week, Wildcat Nation seems to be soaring on an updraft of justified optimism toward Saturday evening's contest.
The game: Kansas State (6-1, 4-0, 9/11/11) hosts the Oklahoma State Cowboys (5-3, 3-2). Oklahoma State leads the series 37-23, and the series is deadlocked at 5-5 since the formation of the Big 12. Before the Big 8 became the Big 12, though, Bill Snyder had run off five straight against the Cowboys, and holds a 10-5 record. Oklahoma State has only beaten Bill Snyder in Manhattan once, and the Cowboys almost played for a national championship that year -- a state of affairs which doesn't exist in 2014.
Odds: K-State is favored by 11.5, slightly down from a 13.5-point open. The over/under is 51.5, so Vegas sees this as a 31-20 Wildcat win.
Kickoff: Saturday, November 1 at 7:00pm CT, Bill Snyder Family Stadium (52,830) in Manhattan, Kansas.
Tickets: All seats are sold out, though there are a very limited number of returns available on the east side upper deck at either end zone. There are about 200 tickets available on the secondary market for as little as $70 (and one small package of standing-room-only tickets for $35 each); the average price is around $125.
Television: This is horrible. Regional coverage on ABC, with the Bob Wischusen on play-by-play, Matt Millen on color, and Quint Kessenich on the sidelines. If you are in the North Dakota-to-Texas corridor, or in Mississippi, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, or Arizona, you will get this game on your ABC affiliate. Also, parts of Missouri, Iowa, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nevada, and Montana will get this game on ABC. Everywhere else, you'll either have to have ESPN Gameplan or ESPN3.
Radio: K-State Sports Network, with Wyatt Thompson, Stan Weber, and Matt Walters; also available on Sirius/XM 91. In Oklahoma Dave Hunziker, John Holcomb, and Robert Allen have the call for the Cowboy Radio Network.
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.