K-State football to play at KU again in 2011

In order to convert an eight-game conference schedule that spanned two divisions into a nine-game, round-robin format that includes all 10 remaining Big 12 teams, the conference had to get creative.

So in 2011, several league teams will make repeat trips to stadiums they visit this season.

For Kansas State, that means the Sunflower Showdown against rival Kansas will be played in Lawrence for two straight years. K-State travels to Kansas for a Thursday night game on Oct. 14, and will return on Oct. 22, 2011 to face the Jayhawks again next season.

The arrangement will no doubt irritate some K-State fans, but Wildcats athletic director John Currie said repeat trips were inevitable under the new scheduling arrangement.

“The conference office did a good job of limiting those instances, but overall we were more concerned about getting the proper balance right since we anticipate that this schedule pattern will be in place for many, many years,” Currie said. Read More »

Tonight’s game is must-see regional TV

ESPN gave the first meeting top billing with a live “College Gameday” telecast from Manhattan and a prime-time national time slot.

The rematch tonight in Lawrence is available only regionally, and will be on the CW in certain markets.

With both teams ranked in the top 5, and some calling the rematch the biggest Sunflower Showdown in 52 years, that disparity in TV attention has disappointed basketball fans near and far.

But in this day and age, is that really a big deal? Anyone with a premium cable/satellite sports package will get the game on ESPN Full Court. Anyone with a high-speed Internet connection will get the game on ESPN360. And there’s always the option of a sports bar.
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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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