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It’s the home opener for the 2021 season.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 04 Allstate Kickoff Classic - Stanford v Kansas State Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It’s Caturday!

Kansas State will play its first home game of the 2021 season tonight, facing off against Southern Illinois at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 PM. As noted in the How to Watch post, there is no live TV broadcast for this game, though you can stream it via ESPN+ and/or catch the radio coverage on The K-State Sports Network.

Unless you’ve been living under a massive rock, you know that the Big 12 has four new members (and is finally once again a conference that can count properly). Cincinnati, Houston, BYU, and Central Florida will become formal members of the conference in July 2025 (though an earlier date may still be possible). The logistics of the new Big 12 have yet to be worked out, but this may have been just the life preserver the conference needed (Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News).

Closer to home, Kansas State impressed against Stanford last week, due in no small part to Deuce Vaughn, who has an impact on the game even when he isn’t the ball carrier (Drew Schneider, Bring on the Cats).

The weekly K-State Q&A tackles all the important Kansas State questions of the day, including why our own regional AP voters did not put the Wildcats in the Top 25 this past week. (Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle).

Predictions? We got those, but not many.

— The Salukis are good, but the Wildcats are better, so Kellis expects Kansas State to win 38-21 (Wichita Eagle).

— There is no Vegas line for this game, but at least one prediction has Kansas State 28-26, which is a scoreline we can’t take too seriously (OddsShark).

Our game is late in the evening, but there’s plenty of other college football action all day (Jason Kirk, USAToday). Feel free to use this as your all-day game watch page.

The Big 12’s most notable game today is Iowa State’s annual throwdown with hated in-state rival Iowa (Spencer Hall, Ryan Nanni, Banner Society). This is the first time the two teams have been ranked in the Top 10 for ¡El Assico! This game is so significant that College Gameday is in Ames today (Adam Hensley, Des Moines Register).

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Go Cats! Win the dang day!