There’s not a lot to be said about today’s game that hasn’t already been said. KU is not good, K-State looks above decent, so this should be a very traditional blowout for the Wildcats.
But at least the Wildcats still have something to play for. Clearly in-state bragging rights are always a big deal, but for Kansas State this season, another win is another step towards a shot at the Big 12 title game. Plus, a game like today’s is a great opportunity for the young guys on the roster to get involved and for the team overall to work our kinks while playing a “live” opponent that they shouldn’t have to worry about.
And, well, that’s not entirely accurate. Sure, the Wildcats have won 11-straight in this series, but no one has won more than that. The last time the Cats went for 12 was 2004, and ended with delirious KU fans storming the field at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence. This K-State squad is not struggling like that one, and this Kansas program isn’t on the rise like that one...but anything is possible.
But don’t expect it today. This KU squad is about as dangerous to the Wildcats as your average season opener against a mid-level FCS team. And that’s not really the player’s fault. There’s some very good athletes on the KU roster. But their coaching situation is a mess, and Les Miles’ best years are most certainly well behind him. Should the Jayhawks even keep this interesting, it would be big news.
Normally with rivalry games we like to say anything is possible. But it’s the Sunflower Showdown, and history tells us to expect a K-State victory.
We’re back to the morning time slot today, and the 11:00am CT kickoff will be shown on FS1, with (confirmed not in Manhattan) Eric Collins (play-by-play) and Ben Leber (analyst) on the call. The game should also be available streaming via Fox Sports Go. Be sure and check out Jon’s complete How To Watch guide for more info.
If for some reason you don’t get FS1 or can’t access the stream, 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 98, 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.