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How to Watch: NC State vs Kansas State in the Pop-Tarts Bowl

Nov 25, 2023; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA;North Carolina State Wolfpack receiver KC Concepcion (10) celebrates after a touchdown against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the first half at Carter-Finley Stadium.
Freshman KC Concepcion has burst onto the scene for the Wolfpack, and will be the biggest threat the Wildcats face.
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A lot has happened since the snow fell and the Cyclones swept away the Wildcat defense.

Will Howard is gone, and Avery Johnson is the official king of the locker room.

Ben Sinnott and Kobe Savage and Will Lee and Treshaun Ward and Nate Matlack are gone, too, none of which is helpful.

But the portal hits everyone, and on Thursday night K-State will be facing a team which has had 17 players hit the exit button. More and more, bowl games are really the first game of next season rather than the last game of the current campaign.

Time to see who wants to step up, eh?

The Game

The Kansas State Wildcats (8-4, 6-3 Big 12, 25 CFP) face the North Carolina State Wolfpack (9-3, 6-2 ACC) in the Pop-Tarts Bowl.

It’s the first-ever meeting between the two schools, and K-State’s first appearance in a Florida bowl game. It’s also the first time K-State has played an ACC team in a bowl game; they have met Boston College once and Syracuse three times, but BC and Syracuse were both in the Big East for all of those meetings.

The Wolfpack have won five in a row, and sport the winner of the 2023 Bednarik and Butkus Awards, linebacker Payton Wilson. A potentially-retooled offense with a new starting quarterback and offensive coordinator is going to have its hands full keeping him in check, as he averages over 11 tackles and half a sack a game.


Thursday, December 28, 4:45pm CT (5:45pm EST) at Camping World Stadium (65,000) in Orlando, Florida.


You can get in the door cheap for this one. Big chunks of tickets on the second level are available for as little as $26, and the median price is $55.


It’s gonna be a little chilly, in Orlando terms. Pre-gaming temps will be in the low 60s, with an expected 61° at kickoff. It won’t drop out of the upper 50s before the game’s over, however. It’s raining there now, and it’s expected to keep raining until Thursday around noon, but it should clear up in time for football.


K-State opened as a 7.5-point favority, but that’s closed sharply. The Cats are now only a 2.5-point favorite per DraftKings, with the over at 47. Our trusty calculator tells us that Vegas is thus expecting a 25-22 win for the good guys. The money line is +120 for the Wolfpack, -142 for K-State. Oddsshark surprisingly expects the Cats to win 28-25.


Prime time on ESPN, with old pal Anish Shroff along with Andre Ware and Paul Carcaterra.


As always, Wyatt Thompson, Stan Weber, and Matt Walters will be on hand on the K-State Sports Network as well as via satellite on SiriusXM 84, regardless of which SiriusXM platform you’re using. Also regardless of platform, on SiriusXM 80 you can find the ESPN National radio broadcast with Sean Kelley and Rene Ingoglia.

Internet Streaming

The game will stream on ESPN+, but a valid cable or satellite subscription is required. Audio available via Live stats are still up in the air as of this writing.

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