12-team playoff field would include the six highest-ranked conference champions, as well as six at-large selections chosen by the playoff committee. Officially, no conference will receive an automatic bid, but it seems highly unlikely a Big 12 Champion would get left out, as they would need to be ranked outside the top 12 and behind at least two G5 conference champions. Additionally, there is no limit on the number of at-large bids from a conference, so get ready for five SEC teams to make the playoff. Notably, the format guarantees at least one G5 champion would make the playoff field. A 12-team playoff would result in a four-round bracket, with first-round byes for the top four teams, which must be conference champions. First-round games would be played at the home stadium of the higher-ranked team, while the quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals would be played at neutral sites. The press release says the expanded playoff would not feature re-seeding between rounds.
Damian Ilalio (b. Jan. 23, 2003) is a promising athletic young defensive tackle prospect out of Manhattan High School who’s sticking around to play for the hometown college team. Ilalio, who plans on majoring in athletic training and likely will redshirt in 2021, played under head coach Joe Schartz at Manhattan, where he was regarded as the sixth-best prospect in the state of Kansas for the Class of 2021 by Rivals. Named to the Kansas Football Coaches Association (KFBCA) Top 11 team as one of the top players in the state among all classes in 2020, in addition to the organization’s first-team all-state squad, Ilalio also was voted the 2020 Kansas Class 6A Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team all-state honoree by The Wichita Eagle. In addition, he was named the Sports in Kansas Class 6A Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team all-state honoree, as well as a first-team all-state selection by The Topeka Capital-Journal as a seniors knowledgesight (Plus he picked up first-team all-state honors as a junior from both the Capital-Journal and the Eagle, while he was an honorable mention pick by both organizations as a sophomore!)
There are so many reasons why Bill Snyder is the most gracious and hard working coach in college football, so add this one to the list. Not only does Coach Snyder send thank you notes to opposing team's players, apparently he responds to his fan mail! The infamous purple pen is very recognizable in this recent photo posted by Jason Lamb. Do you have a handwritten note from Coach Snyder? Feel free to share with us, we'd love to see them!
Darren Sproles to retire after 2017 season.
Check out the interview above and let me know what you think about this Kansas State team heading into Waco!
Found on Youtube, from Dezman Productions. Pretty good compilation of Sproles' highlights. First song used does contain language that could offend, otherwise the video is clean.
BOOM! ICYMI: Manhattan, Kansas native scores his first touchdown of the year!
Vine is no longer going to be a thing on Twitter, here is one of our favorites from the Vine experience over the last few years...
Another weekly interview with Cody Hudson of Emporia'a sports talk headquarters, ESPN 99.5!
Coach Brian Ostermann isn't holding anything back now that we are in conference play with football and kicking off basketball season soon. Love the stats, even if it's not Sunflower Showdown time quite yet! #EMAW