The K-State Wildcats (6-4, 4-3 Big 12) welcome the Kansas Jayhawks (2-9, 1-7 Big 12) to Manhattan for the 114th edition of the Sunflower Showdown and the 106th consecutive year of the in-state rivalry game, one of the longest continuous rivalries in the country. As the last home game of the year, it also marks Senior Day for the Wildcats.
The Jayhawks have been bad this year, much like the last several years, but they have, on occasion, looked like an actual football team. One of those times was last week, when they held everyone on Texas’ offense not named D’Onta Foreman to 153 yards in an overtime victory. Meanwhile, K-State worked out several years of frustration against Baylor in a 42-21 victory last week.
Beyond bragging rights and in-state recruiting importance, this game means a lot to both teams and fan bases. A 3-9 season would mark a lot of progress for the Jayhawks. And K-State is trying to burnish its bowl resume — 8-4 looks a lot better than 7-5, which looks a lot better than 6-6 — not to mention getting Bill Snyder’s 200th career win in the stadium that bears his name.
Last year, K-State won the Governor’s Cup in a 45-14 blowout in Lawrence. KU leads the all-time series, 64-44-5. Since the introduction of the Governor’s Cup trophy in 1969, K-State leads the series 27-19-1. In Snyder’s previous 24 meetings with the Jayhawks, K-State is 20-4. The Wildcats haven’t lost to KU since Snyder returned to the sideline following his three-year retirement.
Most oddsmakers have K-State as a 26.5- or 27-point favorite, with an over/under of 53. That projects to a 40-13 Wildcat victory. But as TB notes in this week’s installment of Kicking the Tires, Snyder’s teams have a track record of beating the spread against KU.
Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. CST, Nov. 26, 2016, at Bill Snyder Family Stadium (capacity 53,000) in beautiful Manhattan, Kansas. The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 63 degrees with winds 5-15 mph and gusts up to 25 mph.
The game will be broadcast on FS1.
Wyatt Thompson, Stan Weber, and Matt Walters will have the call on Wildcat Sports Network affiliates.
You can also listen to a stream of the radio broadcast at kstatesports.com.