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Vanderbilt Gameday!

Kansas State is in Nashville for the season’s final non-conference game

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Kansas State plays its first road game of the season today. The Wildcats kick off against the Vanderbilt Commodores in Nashville at 6:30PM today. The game will be on ESPNU as well as on the radio via K-State Sports Network.

Jon Morse has all the game details in the How to Watch post.

In his weekly Kicking the Tires feature, TB predicts a closer-than-usual game featuring two well-matched teams, but ultimately a Wildcat victory over Vanderbilt.

The Kansas State defense hasn’t been the toast of the town so far. The linebackers, in particular, struggled somewhat against Central Arkansas but improved considerably by the second game. Even Bill Snyder was impressed with the progress made on that side of the ball. Vanderbilt presents a stiff challenge, but the Wildcats defense is determined to step up to meet it (Ken Corbitt, Topeka Capital-Journal).

As much as Kansas State takes its season one game at a time, the players know that this game is special because Vanderbilt is an SEC team and playing a road game against a decent non-conference team is exciting (Corbitt, Capital-Journal)

Vanderbilt is maybe a little bit less excited. The Commodores play Alabama next week, prompting the Commodores’ safety Ryan White to remark

We play in the SEC. Kansas State is just another game to us.

But with apologies to Mr. White, this is a pretty big non-conference tilt for Vanderbilt. The Commodores haven’t played a ranked opponent outside of the SEC since 2009. Vanderbilt is also 2-0 and beating the Wildcats would give Derek Mason’s improving squad some much-needed validation (David Boclair, Nashville Post).

For Kansas State, this game should provide some enlightenment. Through two games, the Wildcats have played well, but it’s hard to learn much through blowout wins over less-than-stellar competition. This is the team’s first real test, and a chance to prove what they’re really capable of (Tim Bisel, Capital-Journal).

The first two games were important to Adam Holtorf. As a first-time starter—one who had not expected to be in the starting lineup just a few weeks ago—he needed time to settle into that role. Holtorf reckons the first two games were just the crash course he needed (Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle).

On TV/Streaming

There’s plenty of interesting action around the college football world today. Here’s the slate of Big 12 games today, with several conference teams on the road:

— Oklahoma State (-10.5) at Pitt (11AM, ESPN)

— Kansas (+7.5) at Ohio (11AM, ESPNU)

— West Virginia (-63.0) vs Delaware State (11AM, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh/FSN affiliates)

— Iowa State (-10.5) at Akron (11AM; CBSSN)

— Baylor (+12.0) at Duke (11:30AM; ACCNE)

— TCU (-20.0) vs SMU (2:30PM; ESPNU)

— Oklahoma (-34.5) vs Tulane (5PM; PPV)

— Texas Tech (-7.5) vs Arizona State (7PM; FSN affiliates)

— Texas (+15.5) at USC (7:30PM; FOX)

Go Cats!