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K-State Slate: 11.28.14 - Respecting your rival

Now that we're done being grateful, we can turn our attention back to the business at hand: #HATEDay is almost here!

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We've had an awfully tame #HATE week around here. I'm not sure what is it to blame, but it is definitely time to set aside all this nonsense, and let the hate flow through you. PURPLE POWER!

It was a slooooow day in the comments section, but we were as busy as always, churning out content for you to not read. First, BracketCat brought us the crowdsourced Week 13 Top 25 Poll, and Luke Thompson and Jon Morse tried to keep the post-Thanksgiving food coma at bay with Thursday FEPO action.

Finally, check out Jon's Week 14 college football TV schedule, and more importantly, the How to Watch post for the Kansas game.

Sunflower Showdown 2014: By the Numbers

1: Total rushing yards on 29 attempts for Kansas State against West Virginia. The running game is a huge concern for the Wildcats, but Kansas might be the perfect team for the Wildcats to run on.

2: Kansas is looking for its second Big 12 win of the season, and its first road win.

5: Questions around the game, courtesy of our not-so-friendly Jayhawk cousins at Rock Chalk Talk. The folks at RCT also preview the game.

5: The total number of wins Kansas has managed against Bill Snyder, in his 23-year tenure at Kansas State, which has won him respect from the folks in Lawrence.

9: Kansas State is 8-2, and with a win tomorrow, this will be the fourth consecutive season of Snyder 2.0 with at least nine wins. (Ed: Um, yeah. Not "fourth consecutive season." That pesky 2013 season ruined everything).

11: Number of tackles for Kansas' linebacker Ben Heeney, who leads the league in that category. It's hard to imagine that Heeney was almost a Wildcat.

16: Ken Corbitt writes about Tyler Lockett, and carrying on the family's legacy at Kansas State.

24: Kansas leads the all-time series by 24 games, but the football focus in the state has definitely shifted westwards over time. Kansas coach Clint Bowen hopes to educate his players on the history of the rivalry. Interestingly, Kansas State has won the Governor's Cup games and leads the Cup series 24-20-1.

30: It is the 30th anniversary of the infamous 1984 Aggieville Riot.

45: Years since Kansas and Kansas State played for the first ever Governor's Cup. Kansas State won that game, 26-22, behind offensive stars Lynn Dickey and Mack Herron.

112: This is the 112th meeting of Kansas State and Kansas. The series is the sixth-longest actively played series in NCAA football.

211.1: Rushing yards per game given up by Kansas. This might be meaningless for a team struggling to run the ball like Kansas State, but note that Kansas is 237.4 yards per game through the air. Now that's balance.

1989: The last time a Snyder-led Kansas State team lost to Kansas in Manhattan. Bowen was still in high school back then.

2009: Way back in the day, when Mark Mangino left the program, Snyder offered Bowen a job on his staff in Manhattan, but things never moved much further, probably "because he's a KU guy."

69 million: Estimated cost of the new Vanier Football Complex, which will involve zero revenue raised from taxes or tuition. A ceremonial groundbreaking will be held at halftime of the game against Kansas.

As everyone here already knows, Kansas State lost to Pittsburgh 70-47 in the third round of the Maui invitation. Yesterday's Slate covered the sorry event in detail.

The women's basketball team was supposed to take on LSU in Puerto Vallarta at the Hardwood Tournament of Hope. Instead, the team will be returning to Manhattan with a win over UTEP, as a facility conflict resulted in cancellation of the game and Wednesday's postponed game against Santa Clara.

The regular season for the Wildcats is drawing to a closer. The team will take on West Virginia to wrap up the Big 12 season at Ahearn Field House. The Wildcats are one of five Big 12 teams ranked in the Top 25 of the RPI, and the team is hoping to make the NCAA tournament.