With the exception of our opening item, everything in today’s Slate is straight outta the SID’s office.
In the new polls released yesterday, the big winner was Notre Dame, while USC and Michigan were the big losers. But one other team suffered a loss yesterday, and that’s the Oklahoma Sooners. Following their close call in Manhattan, the Sooners lost a slot in the AP poll as the Fighting Irish hopped over them.
Oh, and the Big 12 now has five teams in the AP poll, thanks to the entry of a certain outfit from Ames. Iowa State was the beneficiary of Michigan’s fall from grace, entering the poll at #25.
And how about the American? They have as many teams in the top 25 as the Pac-12 does. Howboutdat?
Our only K-State football note this morning: Corbin McGuire reflected on Alex Delton’s solid performance against OU in yesterday’s Sports Extra.
Today’s Sports Extra features McGuire discussing Cartier Diarra’s recovery from ACL surgery last summer.
K-State took a 1-0 lead into halftime of their game at Oklahoma yesterday after Brookelynn Entz scored her fourth goal of the season in the 22nd minute, but Greg Woods started talking about the postseason on Twitter and jinxed it.
If K-State can hold on, they're headed to the Big 12 tournament. Incredible season from a second-year program. https://t.co/hwhz6QFJZ3— Greg Woods (@GregWWoods) October 22, 2017
Oklahoma (3-11-4, 1-4-3) equalized in the 51st minute and took the lead at 74, then extended it three minutes later. Three minutes after that, Maddie Souder poked a pass into the net to bring K-State (6-10-1, 1-7-0) back within a goal at 3-2, but they could not find the equalizer.
As Greg noted, a win would have secured a spot in the 2017 Big 12 Soccer Championship as the eight seed (with a shot at seventh). The loss, however, eliminated the Wildcats. But there’s still something to play for, as the season finale against Iowa State on Friday night will be a battle for ninth place. A win or draw would see K-State manage to avoid finishing in last place in their inaugural Big 12 season, which is a good result no matter how you slice it.
K-State’s eights took second place in both the varsity and novice classes, and the novice fours finished 1-3 as well on Sunday at the Jayhawk Jamboree in Lawrence. This was the final event of the fall season; they’ll be back on March 3 with a race against the Sooners in Oklahoma City.
Connie Jaffrey ripped off a 6-under 66 in Sunday’s opening round of the Maryb S. Kauth Invitational at Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio, and held a three-stroke lead over Dylan Kim and Maria Fassi of Arkansas at day’s end. That performance, plus Ella Adams shooting par (in ninth place), boosted K-State into third place in the team standings at 3-over 291, 10 strokes behind the Razorbacks. The second day of play has just gotten underway.