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K-State Slate: 11.1.14 - Separation Saturday

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All your news and notes for another Manhattan gameday!

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We dropped a lot of content on you yesterday. First, BracketCat updated the BotC Week 9 Top 25 poll and Curtis Kitchen pondered the Wildcats' No. 9 ranking in the weekly Roundtable Q&A.

Specific to today's college football action, PurpleBrunette brought us the Week 9 Injury Report, and TB kicked the tires on Oklahoma State.

Finally, for all your gameday needs, here's Jon Morse's all-important How to Watch post.

Now that the first playoff rankings have been released, this may well be the weekend when real separation between serious playoff contenders and also-rans happens. At this point, Kansas State is in a pack of potential playoff teams, and a win today would bolster the team's chances.

USAToday's Front Seven feature runs down today's Top 10 matchups, including the Big 12 showdown between TCU and West Virginia, and Kansas State's game against Oklahoma State.

Wendell Barnhouse of Big12Sports previews the Big 12 for Week 10 as well. Of note to Kansas State fans: a reminder that the Cowboys' Tyreek Hill is the conference leader in all-purpose yards and has already returned two kickoffs for touchdowns this season. Meanwhile, Kansas State has been near-perfect in the red zone, scoring on 33 of 36 chances.

The Wildcats have multiple objectives today, as suggested by Kevin Haskin in his Saturday Blitz piece. They need to slow down Hill and limit his chances to score. They also need to keep Daxx Garman from establishing any rhythm and holding the ball for 40 minutes as they did against Texas may be key.

Kellis Robinett writes that the K-State defense is gearing up to stop Hill, a player Bill Snyder not-so-jokingly referred to as "the fastest man in the world." This nickname was basically confirmed by O'Colly sports editor Kieran Steckley in his Q&A with the Collegian.

The Cowboys are no slouches on defense either. Ken Corbitt notes that the team has a strong pass rush, and Kansas State, which gave up two sacks last week, may need to work harder to keep Jake Waters upright for this game. Also, Bill Snyder, recently named to the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year nomination list, was unhappy about red zone production, especially because of the team settling for a couple of field goals last week, including one on a drive that stalled at the 2-yard line.

Curry Sexton is getting a lot of love this week, and this time, it's ESPN's Jake Trotter who takes notice of Sexton making the grade.

The Collegian breaks down the game by the numbers, and notes, with reference to Elijah Lee and his impact, that numbers never lie.

As K-State is playing a night game tonight, the Slate is your early game open thread.

Today's Big 12 slate is a full schedule, i.e. all ten teams are in action. The day features some excitement, but also some yawners. Here are your listings of all the conference action (all Central time).

ON YOUR TV DIAL

  • Oklahoma at Iowa State (11:00 AM; FS1/FoxSportsGo)
  • TCU at West Virginia (2:30 PM; ABC/ESPN2 (mirror)/WatchESPN)
  • Kansas at Baylor (3:00 PM; FS1/FoxSportsGo)
  • Texas at Texas Tech (6:30 PM; FS1/FoxSportsGo)

As always, you can find up-to-date TV listings HERE.

Happy gameday, all!