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K-State Slate: 9.13.14 - Silver Lining

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Bill Snyder looks for the silver lining, and weekend links to get you through your bye week blues

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Bye weeks are hard, at least from the perspective of the fans who just want to watch their team play ball. But there are plenty of interesting games to whet your appetite in the run-up to the Auburn game.

Meanwhile, here's what you might have missed.

Jon Morse's Knowing Your Enemy feature rolled on, this time with Doc Harper of SB Nation's Hog blog, Arkansas Fight.

BracketCat took a gander at Week 1 for Wildcats in the NFL.

Not a whole lot of purple-specific news today, considering K-State is not playing. Nobody hates this situation more than Bill Snyder, but he's looking for that silver lining. Apparently, this includes bending time so next Thursday looks more like Saturday. He really is a wizard.

Meanwhile, Auburn (much like K-State) is using the off weekend to clean up mistakes and start game-planning for the Wildcats.

Kellis Robinett answers all the important questions about the Auburn game in his K-State Q&A. A quick survey of the questions suggests the purple fanbase has a bit (ha!) of anxiety over this game.

For your daily dose of DISRESPECT, look no further than this Breitbart column, which suggests Auburn will convincingly defeat K-State.

Check out K-State commit Alex Delton's run-and-dive into the endzone in this set of top plays from last week's high school action. (Warning: fast-moving GIFs, lots of them).

There's plenty of quality Big 12 action today though, including a couple of marquee match-ups with Power 5 teams, which is probably good for Oklahoma, but not so great for Texas, as Bill Connelly suggests in his three big questions piece for the Texas-UCLA game.

There are a few Big 12-B1G match-ups today as well. Nobody thinks Iowa State has much of a shot against Iowa, but I think the Cyclones are going to pull off the upset and help perpetuate the LOL B1G meme. West Virginia is looking for revenge against new B1G team Maryland. On the other hand, I'll be rooting against purple today when Minnesota plays TCU. Apparently, the only two people who are not happy about this game are Gary Patterson and Jerry Kill.

ON YOUR TV DIAL

There's already a watch post and open game thread for today's slate of college football games, but here's your Big 12 TV schedule for the day (all times Central):

West Virginia at Maryland (11:00 AM; BTN)
Kansas at Duke (2:30 PM; ESPN3)
Texas Tech vs Arkansas (2:30 PM; ABC)
Iowa State at Iowa (2:30 PM; ESPN/WatchESPN)
TCU vs Minnesota (3:00 PM; FoxSports1)
Oklahoma State vs UTSA (6:00 PM; no TV listed)
Texas vs UCLA (7:00 PM; FOX; neutral site)
Oklahoma vs Tennessee (7:00 PM; ABC)

If you're looking for Baylor, they already had their weekly score-a-minute scrimmage, this time against a hapless Buffalo team that lost at home.

Brooke Sassin's 18-kill performance propelled the volleyball team to its sixth straight victory, as the Wildcats swept host Southern Illinois at the Saluki Invitational.

The men's golf team tees off its fall campaign at the St. Mary's Invitational. This is the first event for new head coach Greg Robbins.

Meanwhile, the women's team, fresh off the first tournament win in a decade, is headed to New Mexico for the Dick McGuire Invitational.

Head coach Cliff Rovelto and former Wildcat All-American Erik Kynard will represent the United States (as part of the Americas) in the IAAF Continental Cup in Morocco.