Football Friday: Tre Walker, John Hubert, a schedule switch and Bill Snyder in a visor

Kansas State takes on Massachusetts at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

That means it’s time for another Football Friday.

The Wildcats are favored by 39 and should win easy. They will play two quarterbacks. Backups should see time in the second half.

That’s all the introduction we need. Let’s get to your questions:

Many have second-guessed the timing of the North Dakota State game. Looking back, I’m sure K-State would have preferred to open with someone else. The Bison, despite their affiliation with the FCS, were the strongest nonconference opponent on K-State’s schedule. UMass would have been a much softer opening opponent. In an ideal world, K-State would have switched those games and be preparing to face North Dakota State as we speak. But those dates are planned years in advance. That being said, I think the Wildcats would probably beat the Bison if they played now. They generally start slow (barely beating Eastern Kentucky and UMass in past openers) and improve with each week. But it would still be a difficult game. North Dakota State is a fine football team that out-played K-State three weeks ago. One computer poll ranked it 35th at the end of last season, and a senior-laden roster returned. That team is dangerous. It would have been a competitive game regardless of when it was played.
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TCU quarterback caught wearing Kansas State sleeve during game vs. Texas Tech

If you look closely at Trevone Boykin’s wrist, you can see a K-State logo. (photo credit: Dave Smoller)

Kansas State football apparel has apparently become so popular that other Big 12 teams are now sporting the powercat during games.

Several K-State fans caught TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin wearing a K-State arm sleeve while playing against Texas Tech last night and flooded social media with screen grabs of the uniform snafu.

It is hard to spot from a distance. Both TCU and K-State wear purple, so the purple-and-white sleeve doesn’t seem out of the ordinary. But look close and you can definitely see powercat logo.

And you probably thought the strangest thing about last night’s game was a fox running loose on the field.

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Kansas State hardly alone in waiting to announce a starting quarterback

Whenever Kansas State has a preseason quarterback competition, Bill Snyder prefers to wait until the opening game is a few days away to announce a starter.

That is once again the plan leading up to this season. Snyder will likely announce a winner between Jake Waters and Daniel Sams at the beginning of next week. Traditionally, he waits until Tuesday.

The routine isn’t new. How it compares to other quarterback announcements across the Big 12 is. This year, Snyder may reveal his starting quarterback before a handful of his fellow Big 12 coaches.

As of Wednesday morning, only four Big 12 teams (Texas, Baylor, Kansas and Iowa State) know who their starting quarterback will be for Week 1. Six quarterback battles remain ongoing. Most of them will likely end in the next few days, but at least two will continue up until opening kickoff. Both TCU’s Gary Patterson and Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy have said they won’t announce a starter before gameday.

The way Patterson talks, he might not release an official depth chart until his team takes the field for warm-ups against LSU.
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TCU will help K-State basketball recruiting

The addition of TCU to the Big 12 is important to Kansas State for many reasons that have been analyzed all week. On Thursday, Wildcats basketball coach Frank Martin pointed out an advantage that hasn’t been discussed.

Playing the Horned Frogs on a yearly basis will help provide a recruiting boost in one of his go-to areas.

“I’m ecstatic about it. We recruit Dallas a lot,” Martin said. “One thing we tell parents is, ‘Hey, we play down in Austin or we play in Waco or — before — at Texas A&M,’ but that’s not Dallas. That means that’s a long drive for somebody after work on a Wednesday that needs to get where they need to get to watch a game. It’s not Dallas.

“Now, we’ll go play in Dallas. That’s going to be great. That’s going to be a tremendous opportunity for us in recruiting.”

TCU, located in Fort Worth, is a short drive from just about anywhere in the Dallas metroplex.

K-State currently has one player from the area (freshman big man Thomas Gipson) on its roster. Perhaps the Wildcats will be able to add more in the near future with TCU on the schedule.

“It’s a real neat deal,” Martin said. “I think it’s a great deal.”

When will Nebraska, K-State meet again?

Don’t expect Kansas State and Nebraska to play a football game against each other anytime soon.

With the Cornhuskers on their way out of the Big 12, scheduling unknowns and hurt feelings will put an end to their rivalry with the Wildcats for at least a few years.

I asked K-State athletic director John Currie last month about the possibility of continuing the series as nonconference opponents, and he said he had a long list of priorities that ranked higher than wondering about that.

Earlier this week football coach Bill Snyder said he wouldn’t be opposed to facing Nebraska again at some point, but he wouldn’t anticipate it happening in the near future.

But they have to meet somewhere down the line, don’t they? The schools are less than three hours away from each other, and fans regularly attend games at both locations. According to USA Today and The Oklahoman, Nebraska is open to facing Oklahoma in nonconference play. Why not K-State?
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