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.
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.