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How to Watch: Texas Tech at Kansas State

K-State’s second-favorite punching bag comes to town.

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This is, apparently, what it looks like when your quarterback has 47 hours, 26 minutes, and 19 seconds to throw the ball.
This is, apparently, what it looks like when your quarterback has 47 hours, 26 minutes, and 19 seconds to throw the ball.
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There’s no way Kansas State can top last week’s accomplishment, because, well, they aren’t playing Oklahoma Sooners again. But the insanity? Oh, yeah. Yeah, that can probably be topped this weekend.

The Game

K-State (1-1, 1-0 Big 12) hosts the Texas Tech Red Raiders (1-1, 0-1).

Most people don’t realize this because of the Mike Leach era, but if you exclude the Mike Leach era, K-State has an astounding 11-1 record against Tech since the formation of the Big 12. Even including the Leach years, the Cats hold an 11-6 advantage and have won eight of the nine games since the start of the round-robin schedule. The only Tech quarterback with a win over K-State in the last decade? Patrick Mahomes. That one’s forgivable, one supposes.

Last time out, it was a narrow thing. After a mind-numbing first half saw K-State take a 6-3 lead into the locker room, the two teams traded haymakers throughout the latter 30 minutes. The Wildcats never relinquished that three-point lead, but every score K-State put on the board, Tech answered. The result: a 30-27 win in Lubbock that wasn’t over until James Gilbert scampered for an 18-yard run and a first down with 2:15 to go.

Odds

K-State opened at -3, but the line has narrowed just a touch to -212 with a total of 64. That translates to a 34-31 cardiac stress test win for the Cats. OddsShark has the game projected at 32-30 K-State.

Kickoff

Saturday, October 3 at 2:30 CT, Bill Snyder Family Stadium (50,000) in Manhattan, Kansas.

Tickets

With reduced capacity and social distancing remaining the order of the day, there’s nothing available from the box office and — after last week — very little on the secondary market. Virtually all the available ducats are in the south end zone; prices range from $69 to $107.

Television

No Big Saturday this week, as the game will air on FS1 instead of FOX. Joe Davis and Mark Helfrich will call the action, and since there’s no sideline reporter we’re guessing they’ll be remote.

Radio

K-State Sports Network, with Wyatt Thompson, Stan Weber, and Matt Walters; also available on Sirius 138/XM 199/Internet 953.

Online

Official video stream through FOX Sports Go. The radio broadcast can also be heard via the TuneIn app, while live stats will be available via K-State. If you’ve cut the cord and are looking for a full streaming option, fuboTV is now carrying every major cable network which has football in keeping with their sports-centric business model.

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