It’s time for the annual football scrimmage with that school down the river.
Oh...it’s an actual game? Oh yeah, that’s what HoF HC Bill Snyder keeps telling me, but it’s been a while since anyone told the guys in Lawrence. The last competitive game was 2009, when Snyder was in his first year back from retirement, but history didn’t wait on that Kansas squad.
The 2016 football version of the Sunflower Showdown should go about as well as it has for both teams in the last 5 years. Your Kansas State Wildcats should come away with a big win, and the Kansas Jayhawks should drive back down I-70 with their tail between their legs.
But lets not get too far ahead of ourselves. After all, we still have to play the game before awarding the Wildcats the Governors Cup for the 28th time. It’s Senior Day in Manhattan, so lets take a moment and thank all the graduating starters for their work this season: Dante Barnett, Will Davis, Charmeachealle Moore, Donnie Starks, Jordan Willis, Deante Burton, Terralle Johnson, and Charles Jones. Several of these guys have been multi-year starters, and several more guys not listed have played their hearts out for the Cats over their last several years in Manhattan.
We won’t talk about KU much, but Fish Smithson will be looking to cause Jeese Ertz some trouble, and the Squawks most recent freshman QB, Carter Stanley, should get ready to meet Willis, Will Geary, Trey Dishon, and Reggie Walker early and often. Jones and Alex Barnes should have a field day running, and if K-State can’t eclipse the 200 yard mark on the ground, something terrible would have happened.
The Cats are already bowl eligible, and KU can’t get there, so this game is, once again, for bragging rights. And K-State is ready to continue it’s streak.
Be sure to hit our pregame content, including AMS’s How to Watch post for all your vital media information and TB’s Kicking the Tires preview for equally vital on-field information and stats.