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Examining Kansas State 2016 Football Schedule

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On Tuesday, the Big 12 released the conference schedule for all Big 12 teams. We take a look at Kansas State's schedule and explain which games are most watchable.

Kansas State heads to Stanford, CA to take on Barry Sanders Jr. and the Stanford Cardinal to open the 2016 season.
Kansas State heads to Stanford, CA to take on Barry Sanders Jr. and the Stanford Cardinal to open the 2016 season.
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On Tuesday, the Big 12 released the 2016 conference schedule, which completed Kansas State's 2016 schedule. Let's take a way too early look at the 2016 slate and rank each game's watchability/interest factor.

Friday, September 2nd
Stanford Stadium, Stanford CA.
Kansas State at Stanford

This is a HUGE game. Kansas State opens on the road, on Friday night, against a fellow Power 5 team, who happens to be ranked 9th in the most recent CFP playoff poll. Obviously, the Stanford team Kansas State plays next season will be different from the one ranked 9th, but the cache, and recognition the Wildcats will get for opening on the road on a Friday night cannot be overstated. If Kansas State finds a way to upset the Cardinal it would be a statement victory for not only the Wildcats, but the Big 12 as well.

Watchability: Must see. Easily the best non-conference game Kansas State has played since Auburn in 2014.

Saturday, September 17th
Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan KS
Florida Atlantic at Kansas State

A bye week follows the Stanford game, before Kansas State returns home to face Florida Atlantic. The Owls currently rank 89th in S&P+, and sport a 2-9 record this season. Obviously this is a major step down from Stanford, but it's the sort of mid-major program K-State should be scheduling at home. Hopefully the Wildcats show more fight against the Owls next season than Florida did this season. I would expect a solid win in Kansas State's home opener.

Watchability: Should watch, however, IF you had to miss a game because of a family function, say a wedding or birthday, this would be a game you could afford to miss.

Saturday, September 24th
Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan KS
Missouri State at Kansas State

Ah, one of Kansas State's favorite FCS teams to schedule comes to town on the last Saturday of September. I like that this is the last game for Kansas State's non-conference as it's a nice warm up for conference play. Missouri State gives the Wildcats a chance to polish off its playbook and get players healthy as they prepare for the conference opener against West Virginia on the road.

Watchability: Similar to the team, this is a final warm up for the Wildcat faithful to get into true football fandom mode. This is the last game on the season you can really afford to miss, so again, IF you had to miss this game you could. But let's not make it a habit.

Saturday, October 1st
Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown WV
Kansas State at West Virginia

Kansas State opens Big 12 conference play the exact opposite way they close it in 2015, facing West Virginia on the road. This means Kansas State will open Big 12 play on the road for the 5th straight season. This will be the second road test for a Wildcat team coming off a rebuilding year. Kansas State will need to play well if they hope to compete as one of the top Big 12 teams next season.

Watchability: It's time to start the Big 12 grind for the fans as well. There's a good possibility this will be an afternoon kick so grab a few beers and settle in for the conference season.

Saturday, October 8th
Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan KS
Texas Tech at Kansas State

Following the Big 12 opener, Kansas State returns home to face off against Texas Tech in the Big 12 home opener. This will be a theme throughout 2016 as Kansas State alternates home and away for the rest of the season. Texas Tech could be a surprising team next year, as they have the benefit of the extra bowl game practices heading into the 2016 season.

Watchability: Not as high as the West Virginia game, but much higher than the Florida Atlantic, especially because it's always worth watching King Dude Bro lead his Red Raiders against Kansas State.

Saturday, October 15th
Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman OK
Kansas State at Oklahoma

Kansas State leaves the friendly confines of BSFS to head into Memorial Stadium to face the Oklahoma Sooners. Good news for Kansas State is the previous two victories against the Sooners have come on the road. The bad news is Bob Stoops has his team ranked 3rd in the country currently and the outlook for next season is bright for the land thieves. Hopefully, the Wildcats can channel the spirits of previous victories and pull off another upset.

Watchability: Attend in person. For me and Mrs. KSUEMAW! that is. For the rest of you I suggest a cold beer, and a flat screen TV.

Saturday, October 22nd
Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan KS
Texas at Kansas State

It seems like we always face Texas right after playing Oklahoma. Why? I do not know, but here we are again. This year, though, we get the Longhorns at home, and hopefully can avenge the painful loss suffered earlier this season.

Watchability: Strong. Get it? Strong. Sorry I couldn't help myself. Seriously though, it's time to regain Kansas State's rightful ownership of Texas.

Saturday, October 29th
Jack Trice Stadium, Ames IA
Kansas State at Iowa State

Kansas State travels to Ames, IA to take on a new look Cyclones. It will be Kansas State's first look at the new head man for Iowa State, after the Cyclones fired Paul Rhodes. Hopefully for out Farmageddon brethren Kansas State will win this in a blow out, so they don't have to suffer through a gut punch loss like this season.

Watchability: Huge. It's always a bumpy ride when the Wildcats take on the Cyclones, and it's a must watch if for no other reason to see how Iowa State will find a way to top this years loss.

Saturday, November 5th
Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan KS
Oklahoma State at Kansas State

The potential Big 12 champs come to Manhattan, KS during the first week of November. A close loss to the Cowboys left Kansas State asking a bunch of questions this season, and hopefully next season Kansas State can return the favor.

Watchability: With the presidential election only a few days away, this game offers sweet relief from what will surely be an ever present barrage of political ads. Take refuge with fellow Wildcat fans and watch the Cats beat up on the Pokes.

Saturday, November 19th
McLane Stadium, Waco TX
Kansas State at Baylor

Remember when Baylor was a massive boat anchor on the conference and it was a given that the Baylor game was a victory? Those were good times. But that seems to be ancient history as Kansas State hasn't won against Baylor since 2012. Maybe 2016 will be a different story, thought it would surprise me greatly.

Watchability: You never know when an upset will occur. That's as good a reason as you'll find to watch this game.

Saturday, November 26th
Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan KS
Kansas at Kansas State

It's hate week 2016, as the Wildcats will take on the evil mutant birds from down the river the Saturday following Thanksgiving. Expect Bill Snyder to give KU the usual treatment, as he knows the importance of dominating your in-state rival.

Watchability:It's hate week. Need I say more?

Saturday, December 3rd
Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth TX
Kansas State at Texas Christian University

The closing act of 2016 is a road battle against our fellow purple friends, TCU. This game matches up with championship Saturday when the other conferences are playing their championship contests. This match-up could be huge for the Big 12 if both teams are in a position to challenge for the Big 12 title. More likely it will be a contest between two tough, but middle of the road Big 12 teams looking to boost their bowl game profile.

Watchability: This is the final game of the regular season. It's basically required viewing for any true college football fan.