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SLATE: Kansas State escapes Tulsa

Plus a ton of Liberty Bowl prep.

Cartier Diarra came through in the clutch.
Cartier Diarra came through in the clutch.
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It was ugly. It was a disturbingly familiar situation against inexplicable nemesis Tulsa. But in the end, it was a Kansas State victory. As Luke Thompson reports, the Cats squeaked by the Hurricane in a 69-67 win last night which did absolutely nothing to ease anyone’s concerns about the squad heading into conference play.

Kellis Robinett has some takeaways from the game at the Eagle, while the Tulsa World didn’t even attach a byline to their recap.

We’re just under 31 hours away from the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, and as you’d expect a lot of digital ink is getting spilled all of a sudden.

Robinett reports on the players who’ve made a mark during bowl prep, a list which includes known factors such as Malik Knowles and Joshua Youngblood but also includes a ton of praise for a freshman in a position of grave concern for the 2020 Wildcats: offensive lineman Cooper Beebe. Ryan Henington, Austin Moore, Tyrone Lewis, and Daniel Green also get shout-outs.

Kellis also answers some burning questions in his Q&A for the week, and makes his case for why tomorrow represents the most meaningful bowl game in years for the Cats.

At the Mercury, Ryan Black has quotes from Navy offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper, as well as some players, regarding K-State’s defense, while at the official site the Wildcat defense’s quotes in regard to Navy’s offense are available.

Preview hits from around the circuit:

  • J.P. Scott at Athlon expects the Cats to clear the hurdle by two touchdowns.
  • Nick Bromberg, and some other folks at Yahoo, are split on their picks against the spread; notably, Pat Forde and Dan Wetzel are taking Navy and giving the points, while Pete Thamel is taking the Cats and the two-and-a-half.
  • At CBS, Tom Fornelli is picking the Cats, while noted and unapologetic Wildcat hater Dennis DuddDodd is taking Navy.
  • No prediction, but the roundup wouldn’t be complete without the local paper. Jason Munz at the Memphis Commercial-Appeal previews the contest.

Lastly, Dalton Schoen dropped some words of his own at the official K-State site. He talks about how he got to K-State, how he got on the field, and lots of other stuff. Worth a read.