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Slate: Sunflower Showdown fueled by disrespect

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Plus soccer and women’s golf in action to end the week.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 02 Kansas State at Kansas Photo by Nick Tre. Smith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Basketball

K-State Sports released part one of a two part Q&A with head coach Bruce Weber as the WeberCats start to get prepared for the upcoming season. Part one mostly focuses on the schedule, how the program is dealing with the pandemic, and preseason workouts and developments.

Football

K-State has been by-far the better in-state program for the last three decades, but that doesn’t stop high school kids in the state from dreaming of playing in Lawrence, or of at least wanting attention from the other big school in the state. And that’s why for so many of the Kansans on the K-State roster, the Sunflower Showdown just means more. And the coaching staff doesn’t take this game lightly either. Klieman talked about that specifically in Tuesday press conference, and also talked about what the team did over the bye week. Probably the best piece of news was getting several more players back from injury and the time off allowed them to get back up to speed more quickly.

Be sure and be on the lookout for later this afternoon as Derek drops the second half of his K-State/KU game preview. If you missed it (and really, how could you), be sure and check out part one, where Derek takes a fresh look at the history of the series.

Golf

K-State women’s golf wraps up their shortened season this week, as they head to Stillwater for the Cowgirl Classic this Thursday and Friday. It’s a tough field this weekend, with eight Big 12 teams plus North Texas and BYU, and the Cats will be looking for a much better finish in their second trip to Oklahoma as they finished just 8th out of 11 teams a couple of weeks ago in Norman.

Soccer

Following their shutout victory over OU, sophomore defender Silke Bonnen was selected to the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week. Bonnen played all 90 minutes of the shutout, and notched a goal in the 65th minute while also servicing the corner kick that lead to K-State’s opening goal of the match.

K-State will be looking to build on that success this week, as they face Baylor in Waco for a Thursday night contest before welcoming No. 5 TCU to Manhattan on Sunday.