Last week was a tough FCS opponent. Tomorrow is the real cupcake. But you can bet Bill Snyder’s not overlooking them, as a couple of Wildcats are coming home.
Kansas State (1-0, 0-0 Big 12, 19/19) hosts the North Carolina-Charlotte 49ers (0-1, 0-0 CUSA). This is the first meeting between the two schools, which shouldn’t be a surprise since Charlotte’s been playing football for about 20 minutes. The 49ers began their program in 2013 as an FCS program, immediately announcing their intention to move up to FBS. After two years in FCS and one transitional year, this is Charlotte’s second season as a full-fledged FBS program.
Charlotte, of course, has major ties to K-State. Dominique Heath and Mitch Lochbihler are both natives of the Charlotte area, and starting 49er wide receiver T.L. Ford II was originally a K-State commit before signing with Charlotte. But most importantly, 49er head coach Brad Lambert and defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt were teammates at K-State in the mid-1980s. And they weren’t just guys playing on a bad team together. Lambert was a second-team All-Big 8 defensive back, while Wallerstedt was a second-team All-Big 8 linebacker who received All-America honorable mention from the Associated Press.
K-State is favored to win this thing by 36, with the point line at 56. That means Vegas is projecting a 46-10 win for the good guys.
Saturday, September 9 at 11:00am CT, Bill Snyder Family Stadium (50,000) in Manhattan, Kansas.
Officially close to sold out, with scattered singles available from the box office for as low as $20. On the secondary market, there are quite a few tickets, and they’re running cheap; there are really good seats in the first few rows on the K-State sideline as low as $35, and upper-deck and corner seats are running as low as $7.
FOX regionals, including FSKC and FSMW, with Ron Thulin and Gary Reasons.
K-State Sports Network, with Wyatt Thompson, Stan Weber, and Matt Walters; also available on Sirius 132/XM 199 (according to K-State, who were apparently wrong about this last week per listener reports). If you're in Kansas City, please remember that the KC affiliate is now KCSP 610 AM, and since the Royals play Saturday night the game should actually be there rather than on KMBZ. In Charlotte, the visitor broadcast of the game airs on WZGV 730 AM with Matt Swierad, Kevin Donnalley, and Bobby Rosinski.