Content, content, and more content. Yesterday was full of juicy articles from your BotC editors and staff. Jon Morse kicked things off with the penultimate knowing your enemy piece as Erik_RBR joined him to talk about Alabama's take on Auburn. Much like you would expect, the comment section is full of Iron Bowl hate and it's glorious.
Jon's back and this time he was joined by Luke Thompson for their
hatred fueled friendly FEPO picks.
WaggsCat checked in late last night due to a technical snafu and gives up five storylines we won't hear from the national media.
Finally, Morse posted a fanpost regarding Steven Godfrey of SBNation longform fame. It appears Mr. Godfrey will be in town for our matchup Thursday and has asked us our thoughts on the best places to go in Manhattan. Check out the fanpost for Steven's e-mail, and then shoot him a quick e-mail with your thoughts on the best things to do in beautiful Manhattan.
If the hype was building yesterday, it's reached a fever pitch today. Brandon Marcello of al.com writes that K-State is expecting a record crowd Thursday night, and everyone is expecting a rowdy atmosphere. Kellis Robinett also has a story about the hype, noting that tickets on the secondary market are selling for as much as $600.00.
Joel Erickson, also of al.com, tells about Auburn's defense and one of their primary foci this week is on the "productive Wildcat formation". I know some on here would argue against the Wildcat's productivity out of that formation, but it does appear to have its uses in goal line situations, although the occasional pass out of the formation would be nice.
ESPN's Big 12 blog asks "What is the biggest key for Kansas State against Auburn?" While Jake Trotter and Brandon Chatmon both think the key will be to establish things on offense, I'm more inclined to agree with Max Olson regarding our defense needing to be gap sound. This game will be won on the defensive side of the ball, IMHO.
Even with all the hype surrounding the biggest non-conference game in K-State history (yeah I went there), Bill Snyder will tell you it's just another regular season game, writes Robinett for Kansas.com.
If K-State is able to pull the upset tomorrow evening, it will likely be due to Jake Waters command of the offense, and as Arne Green of The Salina Journal (via hutchnews.com) writes, Waters' running ability is finally catching up with his impressive throwing ability.
Kevin Haskins of the Journal has his mid-week musings, noting the line for the K-State-Auburn game seems just right. CBSSports.com has their Inside College Football analysts do a video breakdown of the upcoming game. Meanwhile, James Crepea, of the Montgomery Advertiser, wants to know if the Auburn secondary can lock down Tyler Lockett. Let's ask Jason Verrett or Michigan how easy it is to stop Mr. Lockett from doing what he does.
David Ubben with your weekly does of RESPECT notes that this Thursday is a huge game for K-State (duh), but in doing so also comments about BSFS possibly being the "most consistently loud stadium in the Big 12."
Here's how you can tell this game is huge: Ivan Maisel wrote about it for this three point stance blog on the deathstar. (Also, I will concede the argument to Jon about having the college football world's eyes upon us on Thursday. No way we get this much pub if this is a Saturday game.) He notes that while Auburn is used to playing before huge, rowdy crowds in the SEC, they haven't really experienced it in a non-conference atmosphere. Dennis Dodd of CBSsports.com shares his thoughts on Bill Snyder and his ability to turn walk-ons into star players.
Finally, Ken Corbitt of the Topeka Capital Journal sat down with the Montgomery Advertiser to answer some questions about the upcoming match-up.
The K-State women's golf team finished in ninth place, only one shot back of eighth-place California, after shooting a combined 3-over par 295 Tuesday. Madison Talley had the best individual performance finishing tied for 12th at +2.
I do not understand the sport, and I will not try to claim that I do, but I love the fact that K-State has an Equestrian team. Even better I love that this team is perennially one of our best sports teams, and this season is no different. K-State, along with the other four Big 12 schools who field a team, are ranked in the preseason top 10 with K-State checking in at #6. Oklahoma State, Baylor, and TCU are #3, #5, and #7 respectively.
Fresh off this preseason ranking, K-State will host #2 South Carolina to open their season this coming Friday at Timbercreek Stables at 1 p.m. Admission to the meet is free and open to the public. If you go and have some thoughts post it in a fanpost and maybe we'll link it in the slate.
Following great turnout for the first two games, Bring on the Cats and the Granfalloon will continue their mutually beneficial arrangement and a watch party will be held Thursday for the Auburn game. If you aren't going to the game, and you are in the KC area please stop by and join TB to take in the game. If you are planning to go please let us know in the comments so that the Granfalloon has enough staff to handle all the K-State
crazies fans that will be there. Thanks in advance for attending and making the Granfalloon the spot to watch a K-State game in KC.