You can almost smell the football season now. It's that close, and in keeping with that, you will see plenty of football-specific content here in the next few weeks. As always, we begin with BracketCat's roster countdown, now at #79 for lineman Adam Holtorf.
Next, Jon Morse kicks off the 2015 Football Preview with a closer look at our first opponent, South Dakota.
Speaking of that first game, Kansas State has announced a stripe out for the game. Fans will be asked to wear either white or purple based on their ticket location. In connection with the game, fans will have the chance to buy a limited edition Bill Snyder/16 Goals t-shirt in either white or purple at various locations in Manhattan and/or at your local Kansas Sampler.
In previewing Week 8 of the upcoming season, the Dallas Morning News suggests that Texas will be perfectly placed to upset Kansas State. Now this is the point at which we would crow about disrespect, but the fact that this is being characterized as a big upset six weeks into the season, and in view of how much the Wildcats have lost from last year, this may indeed be a lot of respect. Cue Aretha Franklin.
On the subject of Texas, and because the greater world of college football seems to be unable to let go of realignment, Bill Connelly speculates on all the craziness that might have been had the Longhorns actually taken themselves to the Pac-12 five years ago. The conference prediction for Kansas State is dire, so I'm glad Bill C's suggested scenario never played out.
In news that should surprise nobody, Akela Jones, Kansas State's newly crowned heptathlon national champion, was named Field Athlete of the Year by the USTFCCCA for the 2015 outdoor season. She is the first woman athlete from the Big 12--and the first Wildcat ever--to earn this honor. But Jones is not resting on her laurels. She's off to her native Barbados this weekend to participate in the nationals in that country, ahead of the World Championships in August.