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K-State Slate: 11.7.14 - The Team Purple

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No special Slate today, because real life is real.

Justin K. Aller

After a relatively slow week, we had a ton of content here yesterday. First up, BracketCat brought up both the Week Ten Top 25 Poll and Week 9 Wildcats in the NFL profile.

Next, Jon Morse kicked it up a notch with the Week 11 College Football TV schedule (which is a must-read just for how pretty it is). Morse then joined Luke Thompson to bring you all the Wednesday/Thursday FEPO action.

Meanwhile, Curtis Kitchen and the Roundtable Q&A asked if K-State can stop Trevone Boykin. (Short answer: maybe).

Finally, WaggsCat knocked it out of the park with two features. First, he considered the Five Underlying Storylines for the TCU game, and then, he wrote about his Lifetime as a Wildcat Fan, covering the five greatest moments of his fandom.

In case you hadn't heard, there is a big game this weekend. The Kansas State-TCU game has national implications as well as conference title implications.

It's probably a good thing that Kansas State players give stock, programmed answers to questions about the tough upcoming schedule, because if they took time to reflect on it, they might be overwhelmed by the enormous challenge ahead of them. (Kellis Robinett, Kansas City Star)

But some players are better prepared than others for such challenges. Tyler Lockett, who has grown up around K-State football and learned how to handle both football and life from his father Kevin.

That's also true for Curry Sexton and Glenn Gronkowski. They're both getting it done on the field and in the classroom, as evidenced by being named to the first team Academic All-District list.

Ken Corbitt reminds us that Trevone Boykin leads the conference's best offense, but he faces a tough challenge in the form of the Big 12's best defense, and his increasingly vocal leadership has made all the difference this season. (Dallas-Fort Worth CBS affiliate)

That newfound offense is paired with TCU's usually stout defense. If the defense can get Jake Waters out of rhythm and keep Tyler Lockett in check, Boykin will have a relatively pressure-free operating window in the game, which may well be the key to TCU's success. (Tate Steinlage, K-State Collegian)

Ryan Gerbosi of the Dallas Morning News thinks a fast start for Boykin and the offense could be the difference maker in this game.

Many are saying Boykin is a Heisman candidate, and Kellis Robinett wonders if Waters might have a shot at the Heisman too. It seems unlikely, given that Waters is not on anyone's Heisman radar at the moment.

For many TCU fans, this is the biggest game in decades, and many are willing to forego milestones and family events to attend.

Ultimately, the real problem with the college football playoffs is that there is no good way to rank the teams that does not omit an otherwise deserving team.

The volleyball team is back in action tonight, traveling to Austin to take on the No. 5 Texas Longhorns in a Top 25 matchup. The Wildcats, ranked 22nd in the latest polls, are coming off their first road loss of the season, a straight-sets loss to Iowa State.

The women's basketball team will be hosting Newman for its final exhibition of the season on November 10. This is the first meeting of the two teams and the Wildcats are coming off a 54-50 win over No. 3 Emporia State.

The equestrian team, ranked No. 2 nationally, will be taking on the No. 8 Oklahoma State Cowgirls, the reigning Big 12 champions, this weekend at Timbercreek Stables. This is the highest national rank in the program's history, and head coach Casie Maxwell expects the team to compete well.