A new season is finally here, and a Wildcat team with big expectations and many reasons to expect they’ll be met is ready to take the field. It’s opening day! Yay!
Kansas State (0-0, 0-0 Big 12, 19/20) hosts the Central Arkansas Bears (0-0, 0-0 Southland, 15 FCS). This is the first meeting between the two schools, though K-State is 2-0 in games against Southland foes. Central Arkansas moved to Division I in 2006, but they’ve already begun making their mark. A regular FCS playoff contender the past few seasons, the Bears are arguably the most difficult FCS opponent K-State has faced which isn’t named North Dakota State. Last year, UCA was 10-3 and advanced to the second round of the FCS playoffs before falling to eventual semifinalist Eastern Washington.
Central Arkansas, like K-State, is a purple school, and specifically likes purple, white, silver, and black. In other words, they are our little cousins. Plus, they have a colored field which actually does not suck:
There is no Vegas line on the game. OddsShark predicts a 39-17 Wildcat win, however.
Saturday, September 2 at 6:10pm CT, Bill Snyder Family Stadium (50,000) in Manhattan, Kansas.
Effectively sold out, although some standing room tickets on the NE hill are available for $35, or for $24.50 each with a group of four or more.
On the secondary market, at this writing there are about 130 tickets floating around. Most of those are lower deck seats on the K-State sideline, oddly enough, and range from $61-$110; a very few tickets are available in the south corners as well. Notably, a large block of 26 tickets in the upper reaches of section 21 is out there for $77 a pop. In the upper deck on the east side, there are about 50 tickets available, ranging from $31-$58.
If you have the sports pack on DirecTV, you should be able to tune in to channel 789 at 6:00 thanks to the ESPN College Extra package. Verizon allegedly also carries Extra, but we’ve been unable to verify what channel. Check in the 810-830 range. Otherwise, see below.
K-State Sports Network, with Wyatt Thompson, Stan Weber, and Matt Walters; also available on Sirius 157/XM 202. If you're in Kansas City, please remember that the KC affiliate is now KCSP 610 AM (although since the Royals are playing at the same time, the game’s moved to KMBZ 980). In the heart of Arkansas, the UCA broadcast of the game airs on KUCA 93.1 in Conway and on KKPT 94.1 in Little Rock, with Justin Acri and Chris Kane.
The official carrier for today’s game is ESPN3, thanks to the new media deal signed just a couple of weeks ago. Brian Smoller and former Wildcat tight end Travis Tannahill will have the call. Audio streaming via K-State Sports. Live stats courtesy of Sidearm.