Kansas State has had a disappointing season, but it’s probably nothing compared to the aggravation felt by fans of today’s opponent.
K-State (4-5, 4-4 Big 12) hosts the Texas Longhorns (5-3, 4-3).
Once upon a time, the Wildcats were the bullies in this series. No longer. K-State has fallen three years in a row to their former whipping boys, and last year’s loss evened the all-time series at ten wins each.
Making things even more painful, each of those three losses has been a one-score affair, including last year’s infuriating 27-24 loss in Austin — decided, just like last week’s game, on a last-second field goal. If the Cats can turn the tables today, it would once again put them on the right side of the rivalry, secure a .500 regular season finish, and end the longest losing streak K-State has endured since 2015.
Today is Senior Day, although that may be a little weird for some of the seniors as they’ll be back again next year thanks to the COVID eligibility waiver. K-State is choosing to honor all 21 seniors, because nobody’s really sure who’s returning in 2021. That list: Tyler Burns, Wesley Burris, Chris Dugan, Justin Eichman, Cody Fletcher, Wykeen Gill, Justin Hughes, Noah Johnson, Blake Lynch, Bronson Massie, Jahron McPherson, Briley Moore, Brock Monty, AJ Parker, DJ Render, Elijah Sullivan, Kiondre Thomas, Skylar Thompson, Harry Trotter, and Drew Wiley.
The money has been coming in for K-State this week, as the Cats opened as an 8.5-point underdog but the line has since receded to +7. The total is 51, indicating a nice even 29-22 win for the Longhorns. However, Odds Shark expected Texas to win and cover and for the game to hit the over, projecting a 32-20 final.
Saturday, December 6 at 11:00 CT, Bill Snyder Family Stadium (50,000) in Manhattan, Kansas.
Reduced capacity and social distancing remain in place. There are about 100 seats up for grabs at Vivid, with prices ranging from $45-$144 and averaging about $88.
It’s Big Noon Saturday on FOX, with Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt, and Jenny Tate holding the microphones.
K-State Sports Network, with Wyatt Thompson, Stan Weber, and Matt Walters; also available on Sirius 134/XM 199/Internet 953.
Official video stream through Fox Sports Go. The radio broadcast can also be heard via the TuneIn app. Live stats via Sidearm and K-State Sports. 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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