So a second bye week has gone by, and instead of the excitement we experienced the first time around, we’ve spent most of the last week sort of ignoring football and spending time in the dot of Jeremy Bearimy.
But that time is over. Tomorrow, Kansas State will begin a stretch of seven straight games, and given the 3-2 start, no game is more must-win than the next one. Tomorrow afternoon, the Wildcats host TCU, a team whose season has gone about as well as Kansas State’s. In Kicking the Tires, TB explores those similarities and (surprise!) picks the Horned Frogs in a close one.
The two bye weeks coming so close together isn’t what the Wildcats wanted. For one, Chris Klieman thinks bye weeks destroy rhythm, especially when you’re a team looking to improve from one week to the next. For another, the players think the best way to handle a bad game is to play a better one immediately. In other words, just like in seasons past, the powers that schedule Big 12 games have not done Kansas State any favors.
The schedule is also a theme in this week’s K-State Q&A from Kellis Robinett, but there’s more focus on Alex Delton’s return to Manhattan in a different shade of purple, and whether he’ll end up jawing with his teammates as Isaiah Zuber did in the Mississippi State game. (Magic 8-ball says: Don’t count on it). Oh, and also, an appearance by our own Ahearn Alley!
Do you think Chris Klieman will ever offer more specifics about Malik Knowles' injury and provide more details on why they thought he could play two weeks ago and whether that made the situation worse?— Ahearn Alley (@AhearnAlley) October 17, 2019
Finally, a word from Harry Trotter, who uses doubt to fuel his success on the field.
Kansas State, coming off some unexpected success, takes on Kansas tonight in the Sunflower Showdown. The match will be played at 7 PM at Lawrence’s Rock Chalk Park and can be seen live on ESPN+. The Wildcats will look to end an eight-match road skid and win their first Big 12 road game against the Jayhawks.
The RacketCats are back in Oklahoma, this time for the ITA Central Regional Championships in Norman.
Senior Ines Mesquita, juniors Maria Linares, Anna Turco and Margot Decker and sophomores Ioana Gheorghita, Rosanna Maffei and Karine-Marion Job will all compete in singles, while the doubles’ teams of Decker-Turco and Mesquita-Job will also be in action.