Why does this Slate start with soccer on the morning of a key Big 12 football matchup?
Because this happened: Kansas State beat Kansas 1-0 in the historical first match between the two schools. This was the Wildcats’ first Big 12 win ever, and that it would come against their in-state rivals made it that much sweeter. They also played in front of the largest crowd (2,514) ever to witness an NCAA Division I soccer match in Kansas, beating last year’s record of 2,403 set in Manhattan when Kansas State hosted Northern Iowa.
The match’s lone goal came in the 47th minute when Hannah Davis took a pass from midfielder Katie Cramer and ran the ball into the goal. This was Davis’ second goal of the season, and she now leads the team with eight. The match really belonged to goalie Miranda Larkin though. She made several clutch saves in the match’s waning minutes, and nine overall for the entire contest. This was her tenth career shutout, and fifth of the 2017 season.
The Wildcats are back home next weekend to take on the Baylor Bears on Saturday (7 PM) and the Texas Longhorns on Sunday at the K-State soccer complex (1 PM).
Kansas State is in Austin to take on Texas. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 PM and the game will be on FS1. For all the important details, check out Jon Morse’s Pregame Info post.
The game is hours and hours away, but we have plenty of Texas-specific content to help you while away the time:
First, TB kicks the tires on the Longhorns and—at least to my surprise—predicts a narrow Kansas State victory.
Cody Daniel, co-editor of Burnt Orange Nation, answered some questions for Jon’s Texas Q&A. Not surprisingly, Cody predicts a low scoring contest and a narrow Texas victory.
For more detailed content, there’s this week’s edition of Bring on the PodCats, where Luke Thompson breaks down the matchup with Ian Boyd of Inside Texas and our own JT VanGilder. There’s also the slightly different BC Unplugged Podcast where a certain purple wizard is discussed in detail.
Today is Bill Snyder’s 78th birthday. Many happy returns of the day, Coach. Let’s hope the universe gifts you a W today.
Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson, once coached by a Snyder relative, also took time to wish the Purple Wizard a happy birthday. I’m guessing there’s a note with slanted purple writing in Jefferson’s future.
Tom Herman, in his first year as head coach at Texas, is concerned about Kansas State’s physical approach to the game. He’s hoping his team can run just enough plays to win a close game, but mostly he wants his team to treat every drive like it’s the game-winning drive.
Before the season began, most of us believed the offense would be amazing and the defense perhaps a work in progress. How wrong we were! While the offense has struggled in different ways, the defense has played with fire and determination. The Wildcats lead the conference in total defense and scoring defense (308 yards, 15 points). Statistically, this is the best Kansas State defense since 2002, and the team hopes the impressive streak continues against a Texas team also struggling on offense.
On your TV today
With only Baylor and Oklahoma State off today, we have a nearly full state of Big 12 games. As always, your complete TV listing is available HERE.
Oklahoma (-31) hosts Iowa State (11 AM, FOX). The Cyclones will be without quarterback Jacob Park who has taken a leave of absence for medical reasons.
Texas Tech (-15.0) travels to Lawrence to play Kansas (11 AM, FS1). Motivation and an early start may be the only hurdles for the Red Raiders today.
TCU (-13.0) welcomes West(ern) Virginia (2:30 PM, FS1). TCU is trying to embrace its moment in the sun.