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NCAA Football: Kansas State at Baylor Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

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Real Live Kansas State football is go! The #19/20 Wildcats take on the Central Arkansas Bears at 6:10 PM tonight at The Bill. The game will air on ESPN3. Jon Morse has all the details you could possibly want in The Pregame.

Expectations are high this season, and Alex Barnes should help meet those expectations. In a change from the last two seasons, Barnes is the unequivocal #1 at running back, although the Wildcats’ offensive gameplan will almost certainly involve other backs as well (Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle).

Joel Jellison of the Manhattan Mercury also riffs on Barnes and Kansas State’s explosive running game.

In his K-State Q&A, Kellis notes that Byron Pringle appears to be ready to live up to all the hype. As kicker Matthew McCrane suggested:

Byron Pringle has been killing it

We’re all pretty excited for the first game of the new season, and athletic director Gene Taylor is no different. He described himself as feeling “like a kid in a candy store,” and hopes that slight expansion in the College Football Playoffs will ultimately benefit schools like Kansas State (Kevin Haskin, Topeka Capital-Journal).

There are sources of concern at Kansas State, but the one thing AD Taylor is not worried about is Bill Snyder. The ageless wonder is still going strong at 77, and not even a cancer diagnosis and treatment have really slowed him (Ken Corbitt, Capital-Journal).

This first game of the season is also an opportunity for Kansas State fans to show their generosity by contributing key items to the university’s drive to support those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Much-needed items include cleaning supplies, new or unused children’s clothing, school supplies and kid’s backpacks. If you’re bringing donations, you can drop them off from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Brandeberry Indoor Facility and the Intercollegiate Rowing Center on campus (DeAundra Allen, K-State Collegian).

Volleyball

The VolleyCats took the first set 25-17 against Syracuse at the K-State Invitational, but could not sustain that momentum. The Orange rallied and won the next three to hand Kansas State its third straight loss in the event. Afterwards, head coach Susie Fritz suggested the team is still trying to find its identity.

There were some bright spots for the VolleyCats though. Alyssa Schultejans led the team with 14 kills including five in just the first set. Teammates Elle Sanbothe and Bryna Vogel had 10 kills each, while Kylee Zumach led the team with eight digs.

Up next, Kansas State takes on #6 Wisconsin in the concluding match of the tournament. First serve is at 1:30PM and will be broadcast on ESPN3. If you happen to go to Ahearn for the game, look for our own JT VanGilder in the band!

On your TV Dial

For all your football needs today, this is the ultimate resource for the weekend’s TV schedule. Here’s your Big 12 schedule. All times Central.

— Texas (-17.5) opens its season against Maryland at 11:00 AM on FS1.

— Oklahoma (-43.0) hosts UTEP at 2:30 PM on FOX.

— Texas Tech plays Eastern Washington at 3:00 PM. You can catch the game on your local FSN affiliate.

— Baylor takes on Liberty at 6:00 PM on FS2.

— Kansas attempts to win a football game against Southeast Missouri State. The game is available on ESPN3 but possibly blacked out in parts of Kansas. Small mercies.

— Iowa State hosts Northern Iowa at 7:00 PM. The game is only available on Cyclones.tv, which is fine because you’ll be watching the Cats anyway.

— TCU takes on Jackson State at 7:00 PM on FSN.

Happy gameday! Go Cats!