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K-State at TCU: Open Game Thread

The Texas Bowl is on the line, lets see who wants to go to Houston more

NCAA Football: Kansas at Kansas State Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

It’s finally here, the last game of the regular season for both K-State and TCU. There is little on the line for either team as both teams are bowl eligible. Today is Senior Day in Forth Worth, and the Horned Frogs can ensure a winning season, like K-State has already done, with a win today. K-State could wrap up it’s sweep of the State of Texas today.

But the only real prize for either team today is the Texas Bowl and a likely match-up with Texas A&M. A Wildcat victory all-but locks up the Texas Bowl birth, and sends the Cats to Houston for the first time in a decade. A TCU makes the selection difficult for the Texas Bowl committee, and the potential for an old SWC rivalry match-up between two in-state teams would be very hard to ignore.

But we have four quarters of football to worry about that.

Your Kansas State Wildcats come limping a bit into this game after a tougher-then-expected win over Kansas. Starting QB Jesse Ertz left just after halftime with an injury, and back-up Joe Hubener was also injured for a time. RB Alex Barnes, projected to make his first start today, took a brutal sideline hit that caused a neck pinch that was aggravated while blocking later in the game. Starting CB Duke Shelley is still out indefinitely with a foot/ankle injury. But this is still no 2015, and the Cats are looking at wrapping-up a much-better-than-expected 8-win season.

TCU is a lot like K-State in many ways, and this game is likely going to be a slugfest. So be sure and check out TB’s preview for more info.

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. And check out Jon’s TV/Streaming schedule for all your post-game football watching needs.

Go Cats!