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The Wildcats return home for another attempt at a Big 12 win

NCAA Football: Kansas at Texas Tech Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

ICYMI

There was so much content posted here yesterday that even the editorial staff sort of lost track!

Gracey Terrill organized a roundtable discussion to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Big 12 conference. The first ever Big 12 game featured Kansas State and Texas Tech.

Derek Smith was bored and decided to take a closer look at the history of the Kansas State-Texas Tech matchup. FYI, the Wildcats didn’t do so well during the Mike Leach years.

As always, TB used an analytical approach to break down the game and predict a winner in Kicking the Tires.

Our Big 12 Roundup features a very belated look at Week 5 in the Big 12, where Baylor triumphs and Charlie Strong struggles.

PurpleBrunette and KSUEMAW! bring us the week’s injury report, this time with actual injuries!

Finally, here’s the crowdsourced Bring on the Cats Top 25 poll, brought to you by BracketCat.

Football

Kansas State plays Texas Tech in Manhattan today. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 PM, and the game will air on ESPNU. This HOW TO WATCH post from AMS has all the details.

In the Topeka Capital-Journal, Ken Corbitt riffs on the backup quarterback phenomenon. The backup is always the most popular guy on the team, and that might even be true at Kansas State. For his part, Bill Snyder expressed confidence in Jesse Ertz, but noted there’s always a change that things could change:

There’s always a chance for anything. There’s a chance we’ll have a thunderstorm, a chance we could have a tornado, a chance we could have an earthquake. There’s a chance anybody on the field that we could substitute for and change, but I’m not going to tell you I’m losing confidence in Jesse.

That Ertz is the quarterback of the moment is further reinforced by the Wichita Eagle’s Kellis Robinett and his somewhat caustic response in his weekly K-State Q&A to a question about starting Skylar Thompson starting ahead of Ertz, Alex Delton and Joe Hubener.

Speaking of backup quarterbacks, Nic Shimonek is likely to get the start for Texas Tech, after playing in relief of Patrick Mahomes against Kansas. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury was vague on Mahomes’ return but has full confidence that Shimonek is ready and capable (Oscar LeRoy, Midland Reporter-Telegram).

This game will feature some significant milestones for Snyder. He just turned 77 yesterday, and when Kansas State lines up against Texas Tech today, it will be his 300th game as a head coach. He’s currently at 195 wins and counting, but his focus is entirely on today’s game against Texas Tech (Corbitt, Capital-Journal).

This post is your open posts for the early games and late-afternoon games as well. For listings and networks, you can always consult the College Football TV Schedule.

Happy football-watching!

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