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K-State Slate: 12.20.14 - The Aggies are coming!

Bowl games begin today, and if you can't be excited for football, at least there's basketball.

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Real live content dropped around here yesterday. First, KSUEMAW! caught up with the latest recruiting news. Next, we had Luke Thompson and Jon Morse brought us our first round of Bowl FEPO action.

Finally, a big BOTC welcome to Brian Skourup, who classes up the place while analyzing the probability of an Alamo Bowl win. Brian is the author of Probabilistic Assessment of Winning, a short and excellent guide to building predictive spreadsheets for your favorite team.

We are the champions! The K-State Marching band was honored as the best in the nation yesterday by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. (Rick Dean, Topeka Capital-Journal)

So there is real live FBS-level football today! I'm not one of the many who lament the proliferation of bowl games and corporate sponsors (Michael Liedtke, Associated Press (via Minneapolis Star-Tribune)). When the bowl season is over, there will be no real football action until August, and I think of the bowls as the feast before the famine.

More importantly, the bowls are still meaningful to the teams that participate in them, no matter how small the game or how corporate the sponsor. (Ryan McGee, ESPN)

Of course, there's an argument that the economics of bowl season favors television and the sponsors, but not the teams.

Here's your official interactive bowl calendar, and Bill Connelly's five big questions for today's games. The action kicks off at 11 AM.

Of course, most of you are probably thinking about basketball instead, with Kansas State taking on Texas A&M at the Sprint Center tonight in the Wildcat Classic. (K-State SID)

Here's BigE's preview of the game.

Aggies guard Danuel House hopes to make an impact in the game. (Brent Zwerneman, Houston Chronicle), while Kansas State will be looking to build consistency across the board. (Ken Corbitt, Topeka Capital-Journal)

Ahead of the big game, Kansas State had an important task. The Wildcats hosted a Holiday Basketball Clinic for the 1-7 Field Artillery soldiers and their children from Fort Riley. (Kelly McHugh, K-State SID)

Kansas State senior Erica Twiss is currently leading the nation in the pentathlon, with 4,144 points. That's good enough to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships this spring. (Kelly McHugh, K-State SID)