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Open Game Thread: Kansas State at West Virginia

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The road to Atlanta... or Phoenix... or Arlington... well, wherever. It starts here.

Magic 8-Ball says, "Dana, ask me again later."
Magic 8-Ball says, "Dana, ask me again later."
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Thu, Nov 20, 2014
6:00 PM CT
(12) Kansas State
(7-2, 5-1 Big 12)
at West Virginia
(6-4, 4-3 Big 12)

Where: Morgantown, West Virginia | Milan Puskar Stadium (60,000)

Media: 1350 KMAN | FOX Sports 1

You know the cliche. Don't let the same team beat you twice. That seems unlikely with a 12-day layoff between the heartrending destruction in Fort Worth and the Wildcats' legendary preparation and focus. But this game is critically important for K-State's endgame this season. A win would set the Wildcats clearly on a course to get a rare shot: a chance to take the field, win a game, and be rewarded. And yes, we're sort of overlooking the 80-pound chicken down the river, but we can be forgiven that. The point here: a win in Morgantown is vital, and coming home with one would allow them to control their own destiny as far as New Years plans.

Last time K-State traveled to Morgantown, it was to face a top-ten team led by a Heisman Trophy candidate, and the Wildcats had completely silenced the normally raucous Milan Puskar crowd long before halftime. It's critical to get off to a good start tonight as well. A statement needs to be made.

Your Tyler Lockett watch: Our young prodigy broke his father's career yardage record in the loss to TCU. He is now two touchdowns and 14 receptions short of completing the trifecta. But there's something else going on tonight as well: Curry Sexton is looking to become the first Wildcat receiver to record three straight 100-yard games since Jordy Nelson did so back in 2007.

And with that, let's get this party started. GO CATS!