It’s too depressing to talk about football this morning, but we have to, we suppose.
K-State fell out of the AP Poll, receiving only five points to sit in 38th place, and received no votes in the coaches’ poll. Could’ve been worse; Clemson fell 16 spots to #25 in the AP and 12 spots to #19 in the coaches after their overtime loss to North Carolina State. Texas A&M also fell eight spots after losing to Arkansas, which is now a top ten team in the AP poll and 11th in the coaches.
Oklahoma State, for their part, was rewarded with the 19th spot in the AP and 18th in the coaches. In the AP, Oklahoma is 6th, Cincinnati 7th, BYU 13th, Baylor 21st, and Texas and Iowa State are receiving votes. The same five teams are ranked in the coaches poll, and Texas and Iowa State are receiving votes there as well; the vacancy left by K-State on the coaches ballots was taken by UCF.
The Cats open as 10.5-point underdogs to Oklahoma this week.
On a happier note, D. Scott Fritchen chatted with another of this weekend’s inductees to the K-State Sports Hall of Fame as he caught up with David Allen.
After splitting the doubles with Ole Miss and singles with Alabama on Friday and falling 3-0 in doubles against Georgia and 4-2 in singles against the Rebels on Saturday, the tennis team finished off the Ole Miss Fall Invite with a 2-1 doubles win over the Tide and a 4-2 loss to the Bulldogs on Sunday. Manami Ukita and Rosanna Maffei picked up the singles wins over Georgia, while Ukita and Florentine Dekkers joined Karine-Marion Job and Maria Linares as doubles winners against Alabama.
The end result: 7-11 in singles and 4-6 in doubles against three teams which made the NCAA Tournament last season. That’s not a bad outcome to open the season.
This was the only scheduled team event for the fall season; the ladies will compete as individuals in the ITA All-Americans Championship starting next Monday.
The women improved by six shots over their Saturday results, shooting 13-over on Sunday. Unfortunately, pretty much everyone else also improved on their Saturday outing, which led to K-State finishing 14th in a 15-team field at the Schooner Fall Classic at Belmar Golf Club in Norman. They finished the tournament at 32-over, 43 shots back of the victors from Oklahoma State and 13 shots ahead of 15th place SMU.
Freshman Remington Isaac, who’d been K-State’s low scorer with a 1-over on Saturday, was not among the improvements; she shot 3-over on Sunday to finish 4-over, tied for 24th but still low scorer for the Cats. Heather Fortushniak had the best day for K-State with a 2-over, finishing tied for 53rd at 9-over. Oklahoma State’s Caley McGinty won the tournament by four strokes, posting a 6-under 134.
The team has a couple of weeks off before returning to action on October 10 at the Dale McNamara Invitational at the Golf Club of Oklahoma in Broken Arrow, hosted by Tulsa.
The men, meanwhile, will tee off at the Old Town Club Intercollegiate Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C., hosted by Wake Forest, at 8:10 CT this morning. They’re joined by College of Charleston, Davidson, Duke, East Carolina, Kentucky, Loyola (MD), UNC-Greensboro, Penn State, Rutgers, Southern Methodist, Southern Mississippi, Virginia Tech, and two entries from the hosts. The Wildcats are paired with Charleston for the first round.