Two games that could (and probably should) have been won but weren't leave K-State right where everyone sort of expected them to be: 3-2 and facing another ridiculous challenge on their home turf. Can the Wildcats finally pull one out of the hat?
The game: Kansas State (3-2, 0-2 Big 12, --/rv) hosts the Oklahoma Sooners (4-1, 1-1 Big 12, 19/19). Oklahoma, of course, has a commanding historical lead in the series at 72-19-4, 36-10-1 in Manhattan. Nearly half of those wins have come since Bill Snyder arrived in Manhattan; the Sooners have a 12-8 edge during that span, with a 4-3 lead at Fort Snyder. The last four games in this series have been won by the visiting team, oddly enough. Kansas State has beaten the Sooners in Norman twice in four years, but haven't won on Kimball since 1996.
Odds: Oklahoma opened as a 5.5 point favorite; they're now only pegged to win by four. The total opened at 58, and is now down to 54.5; that means the spread prediction started at Oklahoma 32-26 and is now 30-25.
Kickoff: Saturday, October 17 at 2:30pm CT, Bill Snyder Family Stadium (50,000) in Manhattan, Kansas.
Tickets: Sold out, of course. As with last week, there are quite a few tickets available on the secondary market, and they're all in about the same places. The difference: they're going to cost a lot more. There's nothing on the market below $50, and the average price is just under $100.
Television: ABC, with Dave LaMont, Ray Bentley, and Dawn Davenport. For those of you who think K-State isn't a draw, an alert: unlike most weeks when the 2:30 ABC game is reverse-mirrored on a regional basis on ESPN2, Saturday's game is fully national on ABC. Everyone gets it unless for some insane reason the local ABC affiliate doesn't want to show football at all.
Radio: K-State Sports Network, with Wyatt Thompson, Stan Weber, and Matt Walters; also available on Sirius 118/XM 199. In Oklahoma, the game airs on the Sooner Sports Network, with Toby Rowland, Merv Johnson, Chris Plank, and Teddy Lehman. That's 1520 AM/107.7 FM in Oklahoma City/Norman, 97.5 FM and 1410/1430 AM in Tulsa, 1630 AM in Dallas (yep), and 1410 AM in Wichita. Wichita? What?
Homecoming: This week is K-State's 100th Homecoming celebration. The weekend events kick off with an Aggieville Trick-or-Treat today from 3:00-5:30pm, The Homecoming Parade commences at 5pm at Manhattan Town Center, proceeding up 3rd Street to Poyntz and then west to 11th Street. Moving north past City Park, the parade will enter Aggieville, head west on Moro to Manhattan Avenue, and then return south to City Park where it will transform into a 6:30pm pep rally.