Friday K-State links

– Sports Illustrated came out with its Big 12 season preview, and it predicts Kansas State to go 7-5 with a 4-4 conference record. It also says Daniel Thomas could turn into a darkhorse Heisman candidate.

– The Big Red Network asks, “what’s scary about Kansas State?” Its main answer? Thomas.

– Looking for a in-depth preview of UCLA, who the Wildcats will play in their season-opener on Sept. 4? Here is a good look at the Bruins.

A quote in the story from safety Rahim Moore: “This is our chance to show ourselves on the biggest state against great teams like Kansas State, Texas and Houston.”

– College Sports Matchups compiled this list of the Big 12′s must-watch games this season. Kansas State vs. UCLA and the Sunflower showdown both made the cut.

– ESPN.com has this story about the NCAA questioning Bryce Brown on some of Tennessee’s recruiting practices under former coach Lane Kiffin.

– In case you missed it yesterday, here is a link to my story on K-State’s offensive line. Even though it will be without former standout Nick Stringer, it returns four starters from last year. And those starters have formed quite the bond.

Gameday Preview: K-State at UCLA

Rose Bowl

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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