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Two teams clash in Lubbock with the season on the line

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Football

Kansas State is in Lubbock today to take on Texas Tech. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 AM, and Jon Morse has all your game details in the HOW TO WATCH post.

TB kicked the tires on the Red Raiders, and predicts a narrow Kansas State victory. Surprise!

Today’s game is not quite a must-win game for both squads, but it might as well be. A win for either team would really help with bowl eligibility as we enter the final weeks of the 2017 season.

Given questions around the health of both Jesse Ertz and Alex Delton, it’s almost certain that third-string quarterback Skylar Thompson will see at least some action against Texas Tech. He’s ready, his coaches think he’s ready, and his teammates think he’s ready. Fingers crossed!

If Kansas State is legitimately concerned about Texas Tech’s air attack, then the Red Raiders are equally concerned about the Wildcats’ running game.

Meanwhile, Kliff Kingsbury thinks Kansas State’s special teams might be the difference in this game, much as in 2016. Let’s hope he’s right.

Jayd Kirby, frequently the subject of discussion at this site and others, grew up on a ranch and now wrangles running backs, sometimes to distinction.

Around the Big 12, there are a couple of watershed games. The annual Bedlam battle between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State promises offensive carnage, an avalanche of points, and for the winner, an inside track to a possible rematch in the Big 12 title game. (3 PM; FS1)

At the other end of the quality spectrum, winless Baylor and one-win Kansas will line up in college football’s answer to a pillow fight. Somebody has to win, and our money is on Baylor. (11 AM; FSGo)

Iowa State takes its league-leading defense and improbable Top 15 ranking to Morgantown today, where Will Grier and the ‘Eers will try to crush the Cyclones, and probably fail. (2:30 PM; ESPN2)

Texas is at TCU tonight, where the Horned Frogs will try to put the strange loss to Iowa State behind them while extending their win streak over the Longhorns. (6:15 PM; ESPN).

Basketball

The men’s and women’s teams took on Emporia State in a double-header yesterday, and both teams came away with wins.

The men’s team won 77-44 with Dean Wade recording only his second double-double, and leading the team in points (20) and rebounds (10). Teammates Xavier Sneed (13) and Amaad Wainwright (12) joined Wade in double figures. The Wildcats are 3-0 after the exhibition run.

The women won 87-65, although the game was tied at half-time. Freshman Rachel Ranke had 20 points and was 6-of-14 from beyond the arc. Cymone Goodrich had 16 points to go with five assists, five rebounds, and two steals.

Tennis

At the Kitty Harrison Invitational at the University of North Carolina, Kansas State’s Margot Decker beat Sylvia Chinellato of South Carolina. Decker is now 5-3 on the season, and this was her second win over an ITA-ranked opponent.

Unfortunately, South Carolina was the better team on Day 1, winning the other singles matches over Kansas State.

Competition continues today with an early doubles tie against William and Mary, and night singles matches against Michigan and Duke.