Well, unfortunately your Kansas State Wildcats will not repeat their appearance at the Big 12 Championship game this season. With wins by Texas and Oklahoma yesterday, and Oklahoma State welcoming in BYU today, there are no scenarios left where K-State can make it to Arlington this season.
But that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing to play for tonight.
The Wildcats have already secured their fourth 8+ win season in Chris Klieman’s five years in Manhattan, but have the opportunity for back-to-back 9+ win seasons for the first time since 2011-2012, and possibly 10+ with the bowl game. The only thing standing in the way is a scrappy Iowa State team that would love nothing more than to spoil K-State’s senior night and get to 7 wins and a better bowl slot.
K-State also has the opportunity to get back-to-back Senior Day victories, which hasn’t happened since 2018-2019. The crew of 25 that will be honored includes many of the first couple classes that were recruited by Chris Klieman and the current staff, adding another layer to the meaning of this game.
Last, but certainly not least, this is FARMAGEDDON, and these games always mean a bit more. Although tonight it’s actually going to be SNOWMAGEDDON, with a fresh layer of (much-needed) powder adorning Manhattan and much of Kansas.
Expect a wild, ugly affair. Hopefully the Cats can stay unbeaten at home in 2023.
We’ve got a 7:00pm CT kickoff from Bill Snyder Family Stadium being aired on FOX with (I’m so sorry for all of you watching at home) Tim Brando (Play-by-Play), Spencer Tillman (Analyst), and Josh Sims (Sidelines) on the call. You should also be able to watch the game live online at FoxSports.com, if you already have the correct cable/streaming package.
If you don’t have FOX, or can’t access the stream, the game can be heard across the 32-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 SiriusXM Satellite Radio Ch. 83, and available online at K-Statesports.com. Live stats are also available at k-statesports.com, and social media updates (@KStateFB) will also be a part of the coverage.