The game: Kansas State (0-1, 0-0 Big 12) hosts the Florida Atlantic Owls (1-1, 0-0 CUSA). The teams have met once before; last Friday was the ten-year anniversary of that contest in Manhattan, the second game of [ERROR ... FILE NOT FOUND]’s career. It was also the second game of Florida Atlantic’s existence as a full-fledged member of Division I FBS, and the Wildcats routed the Owls 45-0 behind the electrifying opening-kickoff return touchdown by Justin McKinney and a couple of touchdown passes by the late Dylan Meier.
Odds: The Wildcats opened as 20.5-point favorites, and the line has ballooned over the last week to 25.5. The over-under is 49, meaning Vegas expects the Cats to win something like 37-12.
Kickoff: Saturday, September 17 at 1:30pm CT, Bill Snyder Family Stadium (50,000) in Manhattan, Kansas.
Tickets: Of course it’s sold out. It’s the home opener. There are, however, quite a few tickets available on the secondary market — some for as low as $5, in the upper deck on the east sideline. You can get into the south end zone for the low teens, and there are some, although not a great many, seats available at field level on the west side for $45 and up. But the northeastern half of the stadium? It’s booked, and nobody’s selling.
Television: FSN regionals — FSMW, FSW, FSSW, FSSE, FSOH, FSNO, FSD, FSAZ+, MASN2, MSG, and SUN — with Mark Followill, former Wildcat great Ben Leber, and Lesley McCaslin.
Radio: K-State Sports Network, with Wyatt Thompson, Stan Weber, and Matt Walters; also available on Sirius 157/XM 205. If you’re in South Florida (real South Florida, not Tampa South Florida), you can hear the FAU crew of Ken LaVicka and Kris Bartels call the game on 106.5 in West Palm Beach.