A week spent trying to occupy ourselves, inviting the SEC carnival over to visit, arguing over crowd noise, fretting about our defense. It's time to take a deep breath, gird our loins, and prepare for battle. Or at least cardiac arrest.
The game: Kansas State (2-0, 0-0, 20/20) hosts the Auburn Tigers (2-0, 1-0 SEC). This is the fourth meeting between the two schools; Auburn has won all three prior contests. The Tigers won by 13 in Manhattan in 1978, and by 8 on the Plains the following year; in 2007, the Tigers also won in Auburn 23-13 in a game K-State had in control until very near the end.
Odds: Auburn is a nine-point favorite, though the line has fluctated both ways.
Kickoff: Thursday, September 18 at 6:30pm CT, Bill Snyder Family Stadium (52,830) in Manhattan, Kansas.
Tickets: Sold out. 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 Rece Davis on play-by-play alongside Jesse Palmer and David Pollack. Samantha Ponder joins from the sidelines.
Radio: K-State Sports Network, with Wyatt Thompson, Stan Weber, and Matt Walters; also available on Sirius/XM 91. The game also airs on ESPN Radio affiliates, with Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, and Joe Schad.
Online: ESPN3/WatchESPN; free audio streaming via KStateHD.tv with the radio team. K-State Gameday begins at 5:40pm, 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 should be in attendance, and you'll want to get there early -- for our previous watch parties, the room was packed.