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How to Watch: Kansas State football vs. Texas

Wildcats, Longhorns renew their often bizarre rivalry.

NCAA Football: Texas Christian at Texas Bethany Hocker-USA TODAY Sports

The Game

The No. 18 Texas Longhorns (3-1, 1-0 Big 12) visit Manhattan to play the Kansas State Wildcats (2-2, 0-1 Big 12). The Longhorns are the favorites, but weird things happen often enough when these two teams meet that it has spawned memes about dark wizards.


K-State lost at No. 12 West Virginia a week ago, with its only points coming from two Blake Lynch field goals. Meanwhile, Texas convincingly defeated No. 17 TCU, 31-16.

The Wildcats lead the all-time series, 10-8, with a 9-5 lead since the formation of the Big 12. Texas won the latest installment in the series, 40-34 in double overtime last year in Austin. But K-State has a five-game home winning streak against Texas.


Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. today at Bill Snyder Family Stadium (capacity 50,000) in Manhattan, Kansas.


Vegas sports books have the Longhorns as favorites of between 7.5 and 8.5 points, with an over/under of about 49. Together, that adds up to a rough prediction of a 28-20 victory for Texas.


Quite a few tickets remain available directly from K-State, particularly on the west side of the stadium. Prices start at $37.25 as of Saturday morning.


Tim Brando (play-by-play), Spencer Tillman (analyst), and Holly Sonders (sidelines) 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 106, XM channel 200, and the TuneIn app.

My Prediction

The Purple Wizard casts a spell on Texas again, as third-string quarterback Hunter Hall catches three touchdown passes from star wide receiver Isaiah Zuber in a 24-17 K-State victory. And you can’t tell me that would even be one of the two weirdest ways K-State has won in this rivalry.