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He may be reserved off the field, but he’s a beast on it.
He may be reserved off the field, but he’s a beast on it.
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It’s the penultimate morning of “not Big 12 football time” here at BotC World Headquarters, so it should be no surprise that today’s catalog contributes a colossal cornucopia of coverage catering to casual and contumacious connoisseurs.

Yesterday, we got you up to date on the first month of the season in the American and ACC. Pop in at noon for the final piece of the puzzle as we take a look at the Big Ten and SEC.

Football

Your fearless leader was on the magical radio wave transmitter thingamabob, joining Jeff Postus and Matt Graham on the Blue Gold Sports Tailgate on ESPN 102.3 in Beckley, WV. Never fear, however; you can listen on Soundcloud, and you should — because Jeff and Matt tell you everything that’s wrong with West Virginia in the process, and it’s all good news for K-State.

Jordan Willis is loud and demonstrative on the field and in the locker room, but Kellis Robinett informs us that when you get him away from football, he’s actually pretty shy and reserved. Kellis also provides his weekly three-minute preview of Saturday’s contest.

An uncredited AP story in the Wetzel (W.V.) Chronicle notes that West Virginia has put extra time this week into practicing on special teams. FOR SOME REASON.

Two items from the Daily Athenæum, WVU’s student paper: Connor Hicks asserts that tomorrow’s game features two of the Big 12’s best, while Neel Madhavan outlines West Virginia’s struggles against the Wildcats. Somehow, Madhavan forgot to mention the most important detail:

West Virginia hasn’t beaten K-State since 1930.

Volleyball

The Volleycats (12-3, 1-1) will try to rebound from having their absurdly long winning streak broken on Saturday (and losing their AVCA ranking in the process), but it’s going to be a tall mountain to climb. Fourth-ranked Texas (11-2, 3-0) is invading Ahearn at 7pm, and it’s Pack the House night. Tickets start at just a buck, and it’s also Cats for the Cure night, so you’ve got something to do after the football game. If you can’t be there, there’s always ESPN3. You know what to do.

Also, don’t miss this week’s Powercat Preview.

Soccer

As we’ve already told you, tonight is Senior Night as the Cats (3-5-3) send off their lone senior, Abbey Fiser. They’ll take on the UMKC Kangaroos (3-6-2) at 7pm at the K-State Soccer Complex; the game will also air on Cox Kansas and on KStateHD.tv.

In today’s Sports Extra, Corbin McGuire introduces you to the Cats’ goalkeeper, Miranda Larkin.

Rowing

The season finally begins for the Wildcat Crew as they participate in the Head of the Oklahoma on Saturday in Oklahoma City. They’ll be joined on the water by Oklahoma, Tulsa, Texas A&M, and UMass.