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A home game at last!

Kansas State takes on FAU in 2016 home debut

Florida Atlantic v Miami

Football

It’s been a long time since kickoff at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. But the day is finally here, as Kansas State takes on Florida Atlantic today at 1 PM.

How excited are you to finally see the Wildcats race onto the field in purple? If you’re struggling to muster enthusiasm after the road loss to Stanford, we’re here to help.

First, TB takes an in-depth look at the FAU and the Owls’ relative strengths and weaknesses in Kicking the Tires. He’s cautiously optimistic of a Kansas State victory, especially if the offense comes together as expected against a lesser opponent.

Next, PurpleBrunette has a bit of fun with the week’s “injury” report, and it’s almost as informative as the one Bill Snyder puts out never.

Finally, our own Jon Morse had an FAU Q&A session with Ryan Lynch, an FAU student writing for the Group of Five site, Forgotten5, an excellent site where you can also read Lynch’s own take on the game.

Yesterday’s Slate featured most of the game previews, but we still have a few more trickling in. Ken Corbitt of the Topeka Capital-Journal provides a quick pregame primer, while ESPN’s Max Olson echoes concerns from Corbitt and Kellis Robinett about the Kansas State running game.

Meanwhile, the team has had two weeks to reflect on the loss to Stanford, and is just aching to get on the field and do something in live game action (Corbitt, Capital-Journal). The FAU game represents a chance to correct mistakes from that first game, but as far as Bill Snyder is concerned, the opponent is irrelevant, and it’s all business as usual:

My approach is the same all the time. Every one of them is the Green Bay Packers. I see them all that way, no matter who you line up against. I try to make our guys aware that you can’t take anyone for granted and it really is all about preparation.

In other football news, K-State has this excellent video profile of linebacker Elijah Lee, who admits that he’s just trying to copy Dante Barnett’s swagger on the field.

SPIDER ALERT: Big 12 fans have been skeptical on BYU as a conference member. Iowa State students passed a resolution against BYU’s membership, Texas student government is considering similar action, and now they’re joined by Kansas State students voicing concerns over the Cougars’ Honor Code. Whether any of these resolutions will really have an impact remains to be seen (Jason Tidd, K-State Collegian).

There is a full day of college football ahead. With a few notable exceptions, this slate of games is kind of terrible, but Jon is still looking out for you. Here’s your handy-dandy Week 3 College Football Viewing Guide.

Soccer

Kansas State hosted its first-ever home match last night in Manhattan. Over 2000 fans were in attendance for the historic event, shattering the previous state attendance record for Division I soccer by nearly 1,000.

Although the Wildcats dropped the match 2-1 to Northern Iowa, the team was pleased by the enthusiastic support from fans, and Mike Dibbini even referred to the fans as the 12th man.

The Wildcats had some early attempts on goal to get the fans excited. In the first, Dora Gallo nearly scored from 30 yards out, and the team almost had a corner conversion as well. Kansas State’s loan goal came late in the second half when Tatum Wagner scuffled with the goalkeeper and a defender before successfully putting the ball in the net. The crowd went nuclear at that point, and the Wildcats fed off the energy the rest of the way.

Next up, Kansas State will host Oral Roberts University next Friday.