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Sunflower Showdown 2017 Edition

Kansas State plays football. Kansas? Not so much.

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Kansas State is in Lawrence today for the 115th edition of the Sunflower Showdown. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 PM at Memorial Stadium. Jon Morse has more details in the HOW TO WATCH post.

It’s one of college football’s oldest rivalries, dating all the way back to 1902 and played continuously since 1911. It is also one of the sport’s most lopsided series. Kansas may lead the series 64-45-5, but Kansas State has dominated the contest under Bill Snyder, winning eight straight, and 21 of the last 26 meetings. By the way, Snyder’s 21 wins in the series ties the record for most wins by an active head coach over a single opponent.

When I was at Kansas State, this was the biggest game on the schedule. The Wildcats and Jayhawks were more evenly matched back then, and the outcome wasn’t usually a foregone conclusion.

Things are different now. As TB notes in Kicking the Tires, this game could well be the remedy for whatever ails Kansas State. It should be a comfortable win for the team in purple. Still, this is an important game for the Wildcats, who need a big win to get over a three-game losing streak.

So who’s going to be Kansas State’s signal caller today? It could be Jesse Ertz, now apparently healthy. It could be Alex Delton. It could be both. It probably doesn’t matter.

Some good news for Kansas State fans: Kendall Adams is back and will give the defense a much-needed boost.

This game is even more important for Kansas and for embattled head coach David Beaty. If the Wildcats deal Kansas a fourth-straight blowout loss, the show may be over for Beaty in Lawrence, despite his relentless positivity.

Kansas State is not the toughest opponent on the schedule, but the Jayhawks are more concerned that the team hasn’t scored a single point in the last nine quarters.

Our brethren at Rock Chalk Talk only care about the game to the extent it might bring change to the athletic department. To quote RCT’s Mike Plank, #FireZenger.

Exactly how bad is Kansas this year? Well, here’s a comment from a Kansas fan we all know and love don’t-totally-resent:

But never mind all that. Here’s your all-important TRASH TALK, courtesy of AMS.


What else is on your football schedule for the day? Check HERE for all listings!

It’s a full Big 12 slate today:

— Oklahoma State (-7.0) at West Virginia (11 AM; ABC)

— Texas (-10.0) at Baylor (11 AM; ESPNU)

— TCU (-7.0) at Iowa State (2:30 PM; ABC/ESPN2)

— Texas Tech (+20.5) at Oklahoma (7:00 PM; ABC/ESPN2)