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K-State Slate: 9.27.14 - Bounce Back

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It's UTEP time! Game day is here.

John Weast

First things first.

The Kansas City Royals have made the Major League Baseball playoffs. This is the first postseason appearance for the team in 29 years. I'm sure Kansas State fans are particularly amused by that information.

Plenty of UTEP-specific content here yesterday. TB kicked the tires, making note of the Miners' potent rushing attack. PurpleBrunette brought us the Week 5 injury report. WaggsCat tackled the underlying storylines for K-State before the UTEP game. Finally, Jon Morse's How to Watch post gives you all the game day information you could possibly need.

In non-UTEP, BracketCat watches for Wildcats in the NFL in the season's third week.

The Best College Sports Network previews the game. The Wildcats are 23rd nationally in rushing defense, which should hold them in good stead against the Miners.

This is a chance for K-State to bounce back, which is also a theme in Kellis Robinett's K-State Mailbag. Certainly, the offense needs the confidence boost, if nothing else.

K-State needs a clean game against UTEP. Correct me if I'm wrong, but was this not also the refrain after the Iowa State game? I hope this isn't a trend. At this point, the sample size is relatively small, and it's still possible to tighten up on turnovers and improve red zone execution, i.e. play Snyderball. Right?

This game is a homecoming for Ben Leber, who now works for FoxSports and will be doing color for the game.

Which Power 5 conference won the "preseason"? This article suggests the Pac-12 did, based on the conference's 6-2 record against other Power 5 schools. But that record only features one win over a top-ranked team, i.e. Oregon's victory over then-No. 7 Michigan State. The Big 12 did not fare well against the non-conference slate, going 4-6, but any disappointment should be tempered by all four losses coming against Top 10 competition.

Jason Harwood, a longtime Wildcat fan who was slain in the line of duty, will be honored before today's K-State game.

K-State is playing in the early game slot today, so this is NOT your early game thread. An open thread will go up before the game. Meanwhile, here's the rest of the conference slate for the day (all times Central):

ON YOUR TV DIAL

TCU at SMU (11:00 AM; CBS Sports Network; check channel listings here)
Texas at Kansas (3:00 PM; FoxSports 1/FoxSportsGo)
Baylor at Iowa State (7:00 PM; Fox/FoxSportsGo)

Here's a handy guide for all your college football TV viewing needs.

The equestrian team is riding a hot streak. The fifth-ranked Wildcats cruised past South Dakota State 13-6. This is their thirteenth consecutive home victory, and they are now 13-1 at Timbercreek Stables.