I need to say thank you to wildcat00 for stepping in last minute to cover my usual Tuesday and Wednesday slates last week. It was very much appreciated.
While we may not have had a ton of content drop yesterday, we did manage to bring SEC HATE to BringontheCats, and that's just a whole lot of fun.
Jon Morse started us off with his weekly piece on unboxing the polls. Be sure to check out the comment section on that piece as Chicat1 has some excellent charts and graphs regarding the polls. And who doesn't love a good chart or graph?
Lastly, TB brought the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry to BotC and it did not disapoint. T Kyle King better known as The Mayor sat down with TB to help us better understand who Auburn really is, and why we should hate them, which was great. However, the comment section yesterday made our trolling of KU look like a kindergarten slap fight, and the best part is we still haven't gotten to the Granddaddy of the Auburn hate.
Brandon Marcello of al.com, has the story about Auburn coach Gus Malzahn wanting to control tempo, and hopes that his defense will stand up against Kansas States running attack. He also examines how the Tigers are preparing for Jake Waters, noting that back-up QB Jeremy Johnson has been playing the role of Jake Waters in practice.
Fox sports.com has a preview of the Auburn-Kansas State game, noting that K-State has lost six straight non-conference Top 25 match-ups, including the last time these two teams faced each other in 2007.
James Crepea of the Montgomery Advertiser writes about the K-State game as an early season measuring stick for Auburn.
WTVM.com has Gus Malzahn's transcript from his press conference yesterday. The biggest takeaway? That he fully expects Sammie Coats to be "ready to go" for the game Thursday night. Ryan Black of the Ledger Enquirere has more on Sammie Coats and how his injury will affect him during the K-State game.
The running back duo of Cameron Artis-Payne, and Correy Grant will be key in this game. If the Wildcat defense can find a way to stop them, K-State has a better than decent shot to win the game. That won't be easy however, as those two back complement each other perfectly writes AP's John Zenor.
The Salina post's Devin Hanney also has a short primer on the Thursday night contest. One of the more interesting snippets Hanney mentions is that the fifth ranked Auburn Tigers will be the highest ranked non-conference opponent that K-State has played at home since second ranked Penn State visited in 1969.
This could be the biggest non-conference game of the Bill Snyder era, writes Branon Marcello, and K-State is expecting a record crowd.
Ken Corbitt of The Capital Journal writes about how Jake Waters decision to come play for the Wildcats may have turned Nick Marshall towards Auburn and away from K-State. Kellis Robinett has a different look, as he checks in with a Wildcat defense that knows it has a big test coming in Auburn's rushing attack. Robinett, also has his Big 12 power rankings out for week 3, and it appears a win against Iowa will do you some good in terms of rankings.
Lastly, kickoff for the University of Texas El Paso game has been set for 11 O'clock a.m. and will be shown nationally by FSN.
Kellis' has a quick article on K-State's newest basketball commit. Robinett notes that Williams was impressed with the Wildcats during his recent visit, and on Sunday his mother confirmed via text his commitment.
K-State freshman Kylee Zumach was again named the Big 12 Rookie of the Week for the second consecutive week. Zumach averaged 3.88 kills and 4.41 points in the four matches last week. Those figures not only led all other Big 12 freshman, they also placed her second among all conference players.
Lastly, tonight the volleyball team faces off against the Jackrabbits of South Dakota State. The Wildcats carry a seven match winning streak into the contest.
Both the Men's and Women's golf teams are in action this week, and the Men's team sit in seventh place as they head into the final round of the Saint Mary's Invitational today. Meanwhile, the Women's team finds themselves in ninth place after the second round of the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational was suspended in the second round due to weather. Hopefully both teams can move up the leader-board during today's round.