Category Archives: GAMEDAY

Gameday Preview: Baylor at Kansas State

Here are five things to keep an eye on today when Baylor takes on Kansas State at 2:30 p.m. at Bill Snyder Family Stadium:

1. Robert Griffin III. It’s not often a white-hot quarterback comes to Manhattan, so enjoy watching this guy. Griffin, a Heisman Trophy contender, is off to a ridiculous start. Baylor is 3-0, ranked 15th nationally and he has thrown 13 touchdown passes compared to 12 interceptions. Craziest stat you’ve seen in a while, right?

2. Arthur Brown. We’ve already seen the drastic difference he has made on K-State’s defense, but today we will REALLY get to see it. A year ago, Griffin and Baylor’s offense chewed up K-State for 683 total yards and 47 points. The Bears put on a clinic. Despite all that, the Bears only won by five points. With Brown leading the way at linebacker, the Wildcats are a totally different group. How much less yardage will they allow today?

3. John Hubert. The sophomore running back is coming off a breakout game. Now we find out what he has in store for an encore. Last week’s 166-yard effort at Miami was impressive. Today he will take on his home-town college. Growing up in Waco, he always wanted to play for a Big 12 school, and accepted a scholarship from K-State the day it offered. There will be extra emotions for him today. Will that help or hurt his performance?
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Gameday Preview: Kent State at Kansas State

With Kansas State holding an edge in every category in today’s 6 p.m. kickoff against Kent State, we’re once going with an abbreviated preview. Here are five things to watch:

1. If you watched the Wildcats two weeks ago, you’ve got to be interested in how Kansas State’s offensive line performs today. Together, K-State’s front five had very little success against Eastern Kentucky and coaches have since made changes to the lineup. Nick Puetz and Colten Freeze are in at guard, and B.J. Finney has switched to center. Eastern Kentucky’s defensive line confused K-State blockers by shifting a lot before the snap. That shouldn’t surprise K-State this time around. With tougher opponents looming, K-State needs to have an improved effort up front.

2. How will John Hubert handle life as K-State’s top running back? He rushed for 91 yards last week while splitting time with Angelo Pease and Bryce Brown. He may still split time with those two ball-carriers today, but he should receive the bulk of the carries. Can he turn in another good effort and cement himself as K-State’s first option? Or will Pease or Brown challenge him?
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Gameday Preview: Missouri State at K-State

MissouriState Up this week for Kansas State is a game that just about everyone figures the Wildcats will win.

There are no point spreads when a team from the Football Championship Subdivision (aka Division I-AA) is involved, but here’s guessing the odds makers would make K-State a 30-point favorite if they could.

After out muscling UCLA last week for a hard-fought win, all Bill Snyder’s team truly has to do to beat Missouri State by a wide margin is play that way again.

Missouri State is not a bad FCS team. Some have given them an outside shot at making the playoffs. But as long as the Wildcats treat the Bears with respect, and do not overlook the guests they paid to visit Snyder Family Stadium, they will soon have their second victory.
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Gameday Preview: UCLA at Kansas State

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It’s been a while since Kansas State opened the season at home against a name opponent. Fourteen years to be exact.

Back then the Wildcats kicked off their first Big 12 season against Texas Tech. They won 21-14 and went on to a strong year that didn’t end until the Cotton Bowl.

K-State is trying to duplicate that kind of success Saturday against UCLA, and Manhattan is buzzing over the chance to watch. The game is officially sold out, and ABC will be in town to broadcast it to a national audience.

UCLA broke open a close game against K-State last year in Los Angeles to win 23-9, and the rematch should be even better. Stakes are high for both teams. In season-openers like this one, they always are. Read More »

Gameday Preview: KU at K-State

The Sunflower Showdown is always a big game, but today’s battle between Kansas and Kansas State goes way beyond bragging rights.

If the Wildcats win they will further increase their lead atop the Big 12 North standings and be in terrific shape to go on and win the division.

If the Jayhawks win they will become bowl eligible and get back into the conversation for a North title.

Both teams have only a few games remaining, and anything is possible. But it will be awfully hard for either of these squads to get to where they want to be without first picking up a win in Manhattan.
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Gameday Preview: K-State at Oklahoma

Oklahoma is ranked and Kansas State is not. Oklahoma is a 28-point favorite and Kansas State is not. Oklahoma is playing at home, where it has won a nation’s best 27-straight games, and Kansas State is not.

On the surface, this game is a mismatch.

But, at 5-3, the Wildcats do own a better record than the Sooners. Having won their last two games, they are also riding a longer winning streak than Oklahoma.

They are little things that won’t mean much once the game starts, but they have given K-State a jolt of confidence.
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Gameday Preview: Texas A&M at K-State

If Iowa State vs. Kansas State was Farmageddon, what does that make Texas A&M vs. Kansas State? The Aggie Bowl?

Whatever people call it, it is an important game for both sides. Kansas State is looking to go back above .500 and take a run at a 3-1 conference start. Texas A&M is seeking its first Big 12 win and trying to inch closer to bowl eligibility.

The Vegas oddsmakers have the Aggies as a five-point favorite, and the game should be a close one.
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Gameday Preview: K-State at Texas Tech

LUBBOCK, Texas — It’s hard to imagine any two teams being more different than Texas Tech and Kansas State.

One, Texas Tech, is loaded on offense and tries to score on drives that last less than a minute. The other, Kansas State, is limited in its big play capabilities and tries to score with long, sustained drives.

For that reason, time of possession will be important in today’s 6 p.m. game. Kansas State is hoping to keep its defense off the field as long as possible so it’s rested and ready when Texas Tech starts throwing.
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Gameday Preview: K-State at UCLA

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PASADENA, Calif. — For the first time this season, the Kansas State Wildcats are underdogs.

Going up against UCLA (a 2-0 team that just won at Tennessee) in the Rose Bowl (one of the most picturesque and famous stadiums in America) the Vegas odds makers are predicting K-State to lose by about two touchdowns.

I doubt that matters to anyone on the Wildcats’ roster. They were favorites last week at Louisiana-Lafayette and that didn’t work out so well for them. Their goal this week is to simply put that out of their minds, ignore a large baby-blue clad crowd and try to stay focused all the way through the game, which doesn’t start until 9:15 tonight.

That means they will likely be taking snaps after midnight, and that will be a new experience.
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Gameday Preview: K-State at UL-Lafayette

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LAFAYETTE, La. — It’s only the second week of the season, and the opponent is a Sun Belt squad that goes by the nickname Ragin’ Cajuns.

This isn’t your typical time or place for a gut-check game.

This is supposed to be an opportunity for Kansas State fans to watch their beloved Wildcats easily take out a lesser known team and sample some fantastic seafood along the way.

I guess they can still eat whatever they want, but the game will be anything but a holiday stroll. This is no automatic win for K-State. True, it comes in as a touchdown favorite, but many out there are picking Louisiana-Lafayette. In the Star’s weekly college football picks section, ULL was the majority selection.

Using BCS bowl selection criteria, the Ragin’ Cajuns would already be decreed winners.

Not a good sign considering K-State’s bowl hopes may rest on this game.
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