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How to Watch: Kansas State football at Baylor

Winner still has hope. Loser’s probably cooked.

We have no objection to this cheerleader reprising her expression of infinite sadness this afternoon.
We have no objection to this cheerleader reprising her expression of infinite sadness this afternoon.
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The Game

The Kansas State Wildcats (2-3, 0-2 Big 12) visit the Baylor Bears (3-2, 1-1 Big 12). At stake today? December. The winner will only require two more wins against teams not named Kansas Jayhawks in order to reach bowl eligibility; the loser will need three, and that might be an unattainable goal.


K-State’s offense chose not to play in the first half against Texas Longhorns last week while the defense only surrendered 10 points. Then the Cats beat the Longhorns 14-0 after returning to the field. The result was a tough-to-swallow 19-14 loss. Baylor, meanwhile, was in the process of getting rolled by #5 Oklahoma Sooners, 66-33.

The Wildcats lead the all-time series, 9-6. All of those games save a 45-15 win in Manhattan back in 1969 have been Big 12 matchups. The teams have played eight times in Waco, splitting the results evenly. Of course, the most infamous K-State/Baylor game was actually the largest margin of victory for the Bears in the series by far: a 52-24 beating in 2012 which was not only the only time Baylor has ever beaten K-State by more than two touchdowns, but also ruined K-State’s shot at a national championship.


Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. today at McLane Stadium (capacity 45,140) in Waco, Texas.


Sunday morning, Vegas had Baylor as a three-point favorite. Shenanigans at Vanier over the course of the week have pushed that line to 4.5 points, with the total at 55. Math says that means Baylor, 30-25 or thereabouts.


If you’re headed to or already in Waco, we have some news for you. Tickets are readily available on the secondary market for as low as eight bucks, with a ton of them out there for one crisp green photo of Alexander Hamilton. One might think demand was low or something.


Eric Collins (play-by-play) and Evan Moore (analyst) will call the national broadcast on Fox Sports 1.


K-State Sports Network stalwarts Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play), Stan Weber (analyst), and Matt Walters (sidelines) will call the game for radio, including Sirius channel 119, XM channel 200, and the TuneIn app.