The heartbreak and anger over Oklahoma State dissipated nearly as soon as it began, as K-State fans realized that a two-point loss in Stillwater with a fifth-string quarterback wasn't the worst result in the world. This week's excuse may well be more prosaic: if the Wildcats lose, it will likely be a simple whoopin' of the posterior.
The game: Kansas State (3-1, 0-1 Big 12, rv/rv) hosts the Texas Christian Horned Frogs (5-0, 2-0 Big 12). The series between the two teams is tied at four wins each. In Manhattan, K-State has a 3-1 edge; since TCU joined the Big 12, the Wildcats have won two of three. Last year was TCU's first win over Kansas State since taking three straight wins from 1984-86. Interestingly, the largest margin of victory in the series is held by the Wildcats, who beat the Frogs 45-0... in their first meeting, back in 1922. The Cats also won in 1983, and the 1985 loss in Manhattan was by only two points. In the four games the teams have played in Manhattan, K-State has outscored the Frogs 118-60.
Odds: The line opened with TCU as a 6.5 point favorite, which was quickly deemed as an absurdity by bettors. That line has now moved up to TCU -10. The over/under is 63.
Kickoff: Saturday, October 10 at 6:30pm CT, Bill Snyder Family Stadium (50,000) in Manhattan, Kansas.
Tickets: Sold out, duh. There are quite a few tickets available on the secondary market, however, and they're pretty cheap: as low as $14 for upper level seats on the Wildcat sideline, and an average price of $55 overall. You can get lower to the ground starting at $36, and the south end zone and upper deck are particularly rife with sellers.
Television: FOX, with Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt, and Molly McGrath.
Radio: K-State Sports Network, with Wyatt Thompson, Stan Weber, and Matt Walters; also available on Sirius 108/XM 199. In the Metroplex, you can hear the TCU broadcast on WBAP 820 AM/KTCU 88.7 FM with Brian Estridge, John Denton, and Landry Burdine. El juego también será transmitido en español en Fort Worth en 1270 AM con Miguel Cruz y Elvis Gallegos.