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Kansas State doesn’t kick off till Saturday, but the season is officially on.

NCAA Football: Oregon State at Colorado State Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Football

Guess what? We’re just #6 Johnathan Durham days from real life Kansas State football!

The wait for college football is over though, as the 2017 season officially kicked off this week. There were even a couple of Power 5 teams in action. Yesterday, future Big 12 member Colorado State inaugurated its brand new on-campus stadium with a 58-27 blowout win over Oregon State. In the other game, which most of us missed because we like to sleep and stuff, Stanford kicked off against Rice, and won handily, 62-7. But hey, at least Rice got a free trip to Australia in the bargain, right?

Closer to home, a Bob Stoops-less Oklahoma is a new wrinkle for much of the Big 12. But what is an Oklahoma-less life like for Bob Stoops? Well, according to this longform piece from the Tulsa World’s Cody Stavenhagen, it’s definitely more laid-back and fun, but mostly Stoops just wants to be Bobby again.

Stoops may have left the fold, but Jon Fabris is enjoying his return to the Kansas State sidelines. After roaming all over the Power 5 and elsewhere, Fabris has learned to appreciate the past while looking to the future.

Volleyball

Kansas State couldn’t quite carry the momentum from its previous wins into the final of the Beaver State Classic against hosts Oregon State. The VolleyCats dropped the match 3-0 (18-25, 19-25, 20-25).

Kylee Zumach had a double-double (her second for the day) with 10 kills and 12 digs, while freshman Brynn Carlson managed had eight kills each over the two matches. Peyton Williams, getting her first start in volleyball, had nine kills off 12 swings and also had a team-leading five blocks.

Up next, the VolleyCats will take on Arkansas on Thursday in the home opener at Ahearn as part of the K-State Invitational.

Miscellany

Finally, spare a thought for those in Texas dealing with Hurricane Harvey and associated rain and flooding. We make a lot of fun of Texas around here, but now is the time to extend a hand to our Texas brethren.