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No. 22/24 Kansas State at Oklahoma State: Open Game Thread

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The Wildcats head to Stillwater looking to open Big 12 play with a win.

#9 Byron Pringle Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

Amazing how much perceptions can change after just one game.

Headed in to the game two weeks ago, the Kansas State Wildcats were a team that look promising, but lacked a real test. But after leaving Starkville with a big win over the Mississippi St. Bulldogs, the Wildcats are looking more and more like the real deal. The offense is efficient, the defense is solid, and save for a few mental mistakes that can be easily corrected, this team looks like it has the skills and talent to be able to compete with just about anyone in the Big 12.

The Wildcats will put that theory to the test today in their Big 12 opener. The Cats are in Stillwater today to take on the Fighting Mullet Men Oklahoma State Cowboys, and will look to keep impressing people with their winning ways. Of course, that’s not going to be an easy task, as these Cowboys are talented. Young, but very talented.

But these Wildcats are also talented. And have Skylar Thompson, who is 2-0 versus the Cowboys. Two years ago was the junior’s breakout game, as Thompson teamed up with Byron Pringle to torch the Cowboy secondary. Last season in Manhattan, the offense rode an incredible defensive effort to drop the Pokes. But this is 2019, and we’re probably going to need to see a bit of both to win this year’s contest.

The Wildcats have the ability to win this game and start the Big 12 gauntlet at 1-0. But they will need to remain focused, and cannot afford the mental mistakes that cost the Cats in Starkville.

Be sure and check out all our pregame content as you wait for this evening’s game. First up, but sure and check out AMS’s How to Watch post with all the important details for today’s game (including how to get connected to ESPN+ if you already haven’t). TB dropped in with his Kicking the Tires preview of the Cowboys. And Drew has and even more in-depth breakdown and keys to victory for the Wildcat offense.

We’ve got the primetime slot tonight, but not the primetime network. Tonight’s game kicks off at 6pm and will be shown on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ with Mark Neely (play-by-play), Ray Bentley (analyst), and Ed Aschoff (reporter) on the call.

If you didn’t spring for ESPN+, or can’t get to somewhere that’s carrying the game, the game can be heard across the 39-station K-State Sports Network with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play), former K-State quarterback Stan Weber (analyst), and Matt Walters (sidelines) calling the action. The game will also be on Sirius channel 134, XM Channel 200, and available on the TuneIn app. Live stats are available at k-statesports.com, and Twitter updates (@KStateFB) will also be a part of the coverage.

Go Cats!