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Kansas State at Texas Tech: Open Game Thread

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The Wildcats and Red Raiders square off at a critical point for both squads.

Iowa State v Kansas State Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images

Things are not great in Wildcatland.

This time a month ago, Kansas State was riding high off a 3-0 start, and headed into a game against Oklahoma State that felt winnable at the time. Visions of a strong start (and a run at a Big 12 championship game appearance) faded rapidly in Stillwater, and were completely snuffed by the time the clock hit 00:00 against Iowa State last weekend.

Things are not great in Wildcatland. An 0-8 run in Big 12 play (dating to last season) has the team and fans on edge. What looked to be a promising season is swirling the drain, teetering on the brink, and a plug needs to be found.

The only consolation at this point is that the Wildcats are 3-3 through one of the toughest schedules in the country to this point, and all three losses are to teams that are or have been ranked this season. But losses are losses, no matter who they come to.

But the schedule does start to ease up here in the back-half of October. Starting with today’s game against Texas Tech, the Wildcats have a run of four very winnable games. They’ll need to take advantage of a Tech defense that gives up nearly 400 yards/game, through the weakest part of their schedule. A Tech team that’s 5-2, with a decent win over Houston, but big blowout losses against Texas and TCU, and an escape win over a bad West Virginia team.

This is a game that the Wildcats should win. This is a game that the Wildcats need to win. 3-4 isn’t an impossible hole to climb out of to reach bowl eligibility, but it would cast serious doubts on K-State’s ability to do that. Let’s shoot for being 4-3 this afternoon, shall we?

Also, someone watch out for Riko Jeffers. No cheap shots today.

We’ve lunch football in Lubbock, with a 11:00am CT kickoff from Jones AT&T Stadium being aired on FS1 with Tim Brando (play-by-play) and Spencer Tillman (analyst) on the call. The game should also be available streaming via FOX Sports Live, if you already have the correct TV subscription.

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 XM Channel 384, and available on the The Varsity Network app. Live stats are available at k-statesports.com, and Twitter updates (@KStateFB) will also be a part of the coverage.

Go Cats!