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Two beleaguered teams in purple take the field today.

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Football

Kansas State’s road stand continues with a game against TCU today in Fort Worth. Kickoff is set for 2:30 PM and the game will air on FS1. For all the important game-specific details, check out the HOW TO WATCH post.

Kansas State rower, Samantha Scott, who passed away suddenly last week, will be honored by the football team today. The players will be wearing a helmet sticker featuring her name and two rowing paddles, and the “FAMILY” block will be modified to read “SAMANTHA” instead.

Drew Schneider returned from a brief hiatus to break down the Wildcats’ prospects against TCU, and—surprise!—it’s not all bad news. This makes for a contrast with the general doom-and-gloom of the latest episode of Bring on the PodCats.

Kansas State and TCU both started the season with the promise of finishing in the top half of the conference, but both seasons have not gone to plan, and Kansas State’s 2018 run has been particularly difficult.

The Wildcats take the field today having not won an away game and with only one Big 12 win so far. Meanwhile, TCU is on a three-game losing streak (including a loss to Kansas!), with only a narrow win over Iowa State breaking up a stretch of five losses going back to September.

The Wildcats are battling more than just TCU today. Kansas State has been hit with practice malaise, which Bill Snyder tried to eliminate by throwing a fun competition into the mix. Meanwhile, Alex Barnes—stymied by Oklahoma last week—will try to get back to his usual form this week against the Horned Frogs. He might get some unexpected help from TCU in that two of the Frogs’ leading defensive players—safety Niko Small and linebacker Ty Summers—might not play today.

In his weekly K-State Q&A, Kellis Robinett focused on things the school can do to improve its future football success, whether in the Snyder era or after. But then he moved on to basketball, and that’s exactly what the Slate is going to do as well.

Basketball

The men’s and women’s basketball teams took to the hardwood this week, officially kicking off their 2018-19 campaigns.

The women tipped off first in an exhibition game against Fort Hays State on Thursday night. The game was unexpectedly tight, with the Wildcats pulling off a 48-46 victory thanks to a layup in the final 30 seconds from Peyton Williams.

The men’s team was not similarly challenged in a 79-39 exhibition game against Pittsburg State. A stellar defensive effort from the Wildcats led to just 19.7 percent shooting for the Gorillas, and this was without the services of Barry Brown who did not play. Kamau Stokes and Dean Wade led the team with 14 points each, in 21 and 19 minutes of play respectively.

Next up, the women will wrap up the exhibition slate against Pitt State at 7 PM on Monday night, while the men’s team will take the court against Kennesaw State at 7 PM next Saturday.

Volleyball

The VolleyCats got a much-needed week off, and will be back in action tonight at Ahearn Field House against West Virginia. First serve is scheduled for 7 PM, and the match will be on ESPN3.

Kansas State has not beaten the ‘Eers in three tries and will be trying to end a two-match losing streak in the Big 12 tonight.