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Can the Cats avoid a letdown?

NCAA Football: Texas at Texas Tech Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Football

Kansas State (1-1, 1-0 Big 12) takes on Texas Tech (1-1, 0-1 Big 12) today in Manhattan on Fort Riley Day. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 PM, and the game will air on FS1. As always, these details and more are available in the How to Watch post, courtesy of Jon Morse.

We have plenty of other pre-game content too! Luke Thompson chats with Viva the Matadors’ Emory Lyda on the latest episode of Bring on the PodCats, and Drew Schneider takes a look at the defensive and offensive adjustments the Wildcats made in their last game.

So what can we expect today against the Red Raiders? Kansas State is focused on avoiding the inevitable letdown, and the game is basically a toss-up. It’s true that the Wildcats have sort of owned Texas Tech, winning eight of the last nine contests, including four straight wins in Manhattan. But the Red Raiders bring a potent offense and disappointment from last week to bear on this week’s contest, and Kansas State should be wary.

This should be a fascinating contest between two teams that both have somewhat legitimate aspirations of making the Big 12 title game. Tech is playing fast on offense and scoring a lot of points, which gives Chris Klieman a lot of pause. On the other hand, the Red Raiders keep losing games decided by a touchdown or less, and that’s a major source of heartache on the other sideline.

Fans at the game today will have more room to socially distance, and maybe avoid the shoulder-to-shoulder situation that occurred in Kansas State’s home opener.

Let’s go, Cats! Beat those Raiders!

Soccer

The Kansas State soccer team had several chances, but ultimately lost 1-0 to #6 Kansas at Buser Family Park. The game’s loan goal came in the 60th minute when Mandi Duggan found the net from eight yards out.

The team will look for its first win of the season when they take the field at Texas on October 9.

Tennis

At the Jayhawk Tennis Center in Lawrence, the Kansas State tennis team won six singles matches on the first day of play at the Kansas Invitational. The team also won four doubles matches in their first real competition since March, taking on players from Kansas and Iowa State. Competition continues today with doubles matches at 10 AM.

Volleyball

The VolleyCats won their second straight five-set match on the road, sweeping the series against West Virginia. This match began with Kansas State down 2-1, but coming back to win 21-25, 30-28, 24-26, 25-17, 15-8. Four VolleyCats scored double-digit kills, including true freshmen Jayden Nembhard (19), Aliyah Carter (17) and Kadye Fernholz (12). The trio accounted for 46 of Kansas State’s 67 kills in the match.

The team will take a week off before hosting Texas on October 16.