It’s finally Caturday again! (Yes, I’m going to keep using that word. Just deal).
Kansas State (2-0) wraps up non-conference play today against Nevada (2-0) at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 PM, and you can catch the game on ESPN+ or via the K-State Sports Network. As always, please consult Jon Morse and the How to Watch post.
The Wildcats had a strange outing last week. A comfortable win turned into a nightmare, with Skylar Thompson going out with injury and Kansas State somehow imploding in the second quarter. The offense never really got untracked with Will Howard at quarterback, but the defense put on a great display in the second half to ensure a win. As Drew Schneider notes, it could have been much worse.
Nevada presents a stiff challenge for the Cats, especially without Thompson. The Wolf Pack defense is likely to focus on Deuce Vaughn, which will make things more difficult for Howard. But take heart, Nevada’s defense isn’t quite as potent as its offense or as stingy as the Wildcats’ own defense.
The Wolf Pack offense is a source of concern for sure. As noted by longtime Nevada beat writer Chris Murray in the latest episode of Bring on the PodCats, Nevada QB Carson is the reigning MWC player of the year and has first round NFL draft potential.
Given Kansas State’s performance last week and Nevada pouring on the points against Idaho State, Vegas doesn’t really like the Wildcats. In fact, Nevada is a two-point favorite despite being on the road. Kellis Robinett doesn’t like Kansas State in this one either, predicting a close loss.
This will be Howard’s first full game as the starter this season. It will be interesting to see if a week of practice reps as QB1 have made a difference. Regardless of performance though, expect Howard to stay in the role until Thompson is healthy.
Kansas State does not play until 1 PM, so feel free to use the Slate for all your early game commenting needs. The only notable 11 AM kickoff today is for a matchup of a middling SEC team against a Big Ten bottom feeder, so I don’t know everyone keeps talking about some Game of the Century?
Go Cats! Win the dang day!