Saturday was the final Saturday of the summer without college football. We’re almost there, folks. You only have to wake up three more times, and then on Thursday night the college football season officially begins with four NAIA games. Then Friday night there’s another, followed by California vs Hawai’i in Sydney, Australia. And on Saturday, there’s a full NAIA slate as well as a big-time FCS non-conference tilt between top-ten program Charleston Southern and five-time defending champion North Dakota State.
What we’re saying to you here is it’s time to GET HYPE.
Yesterday, BracketCat introduced you to the second of two number twelves, wide receiver Corey Sutton. This morning, he brought us the first of two number elevens: Dalton Risner’s little brother Kaeson, a walk-on tight end. He’s not very little, though.
Samantha Calimbahin, writing for our friends over at Frogs o’ War, likes us. She really, really likes us. She’d be over the moon if we went 11-1 as long as TCU goes 12-0. That, and other stuff, are part of her pre-season preview of K-State.
K-State did not land four-star point guard Trent Frazier, who committed to Illinois yesterday (Shannon Ryan, Chicago Tribune). Apparently, though, Illinois now does feel like it’s okay to sign players Bruce Weber likes.
Football isn’t the only thing starting this weekend. On Friday in Hawai’i, K-State kicks off its volleyball season at the Wahine Invitational with matches against Arizona on Friday, Hawai’i on Saturday, and Wisconsin on Sunday. It’s a very, very challenging opening weekend, and it’s not beyond possible that the Cats could come home 0-3. A 3-0 start, on the other hand, would look really, really good come tournament selection time. Sunday, they got their final major pre-season work in at the Purple-White scrimmage.
On Friday, freshman Katie Cramer scored the first goal in K-State soccer history. Sunday, nobody could duplicate the feat, but the Wildcats still escaped Illinois with a draw as they held SIU-Edwardsville scoreless. Soccer America has taken notice, getting some quotes from Mike Dibbini on Friday; they also provide us a great trivia question. Now that K-State’s on the pitch, who’s the only Power 5 school without a women’s soccer team? No fair looking before answering, now.