Kansas State QB Skylar Thompson is still “progressing” from his injury, but his status for this weekend’s tilt against OU is still uncertain. Not that Chris Klieman would want to give the Sooners a scouting advantage by giving anyone a solid answer. And don’t expect anything more solid today at Klieman’s weekly press conference with the local media (which you can see streamed live on ESPN+ if you are so inclined). We likely will not know the status of #7 until the first offensive snap of the game for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats are also at a crossroads after the first loss of the season. If Thompson can’t go this weekend, will it be Will Howard, who was banged up against OSU and couldn’t finish the game, or Jaren Lewis, who played with a limited playbook on Saturday, who takes the first reps against the Sooners? Regardless of who is behind center, can the Wildcats fix their other issues and turn things back in a positive direction? Adversity has struck the Wildcats, can they now overcome like they were unable to last season?
The Wildcats women’s golf team, in similar fashion to most every other sport the last few days, had a weekend they’d probably rather forget. After a dismal showing to start the Schooner Fall Classic, an 11-over par 291 final round on Monday was not enough to lift the Wildcats out of 14th place (out of 15 teams). Remington Isaac again led the team on the individual leaderboard, and shot an over 5-over par 215 to tie for 24th place. The Wildcats will get a week off, before heading back to the Sooner State for the final tournament of the fall slate, the Dale McNamara Invitational in Broken Arrow, OK (hosted by Tulsa) on October 10-12.
Conversely, the men have started their week off pretty good, and carded a 10-under par 270 in the second round of the Old Town Club Collegiate Invitational on Monday to put themselves in the top-half of the field going in to day two. The WIldcats have four golfers in the top 30 in the individual leaderboard, and at time of the Slate posting, the Cats are 4-under in round three.
An economics round-table at K-State last week discussed the implications of realignment on Kansas State University as a while, and how it could affect sports stability and important rivalries. K-State must look at the long-term, and how to make sure to lock up stability over the next 10-15 years, and that means that schools must be prepared to do what is best for them, even if that means leaving behind important rivals.