A Letter from A.D. John Currie - October 14, 2015

Dear K-State Nation,

Thank you for your patience as we worked through our 2016 football schedule.  Today, I am pleased to announce that we have finalized the non-conference portion with the addition of a home-and-home series with Stanford of the Pac-12 Conference, which will begin next year in a marquee nationally-televised matchup on September 2 in Palo Alto. Stanford will make a return trip to Manhattan on September 4, 2021.

Following the opener at Stanford, we will host Florida Atlantic on September 17 and Missouri State on September 24 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium to close out the non-conference slate.

With more than 7,500 friends and alumni in the state of California, and our game at Stanford next season taking place over Labor Day weekend, this series gives the K-State Nation a great opportunity to again showcase its national reputation as one of America’s top traveling fan bases. Time and television network designation for the game will be announced at a later date.

The Stanford agreement continues a trend of marquee matchups for the Wildcats as we have already played recent series with Auburn (2007, 2014), UCLA (2009, 2010) and Miami (Fla.) (2011, 2012), while future series with Mississippi State (2018, 2019) and Vanderbilt (2017, 2020) have previously been announced. The Wildcats and Cardinal have never met on the football field heading into next season’s opener.

The conference portion of the schedule will be released as soon as it is finalized by the Big 12. The 2016 season will be one in which K-State will host four league games at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, which coupled with the two home non-conference games will mean a rare occurrence of less than seven home games for the Wildcats.  We are the only Big 12 Conference program to play seven or more games in its home stadium in each of the last five years, and following six home games in 2016, we expect to have at least seven home games annually from 2017-2021.

We worked every possible angle to find a seventh home game, but with just 11 months remaining before the 2016 season the Stanford series became an attractive option that gives us an opportunity to further our program and University on a national level.  This accomplishes our goal of having at least 11 FBS opponents on the schedule each season and ensures that we will have a high-visibility peer conference opponent on our schedule for the next six years, including two SEC games and one Pac-12 game in Bill Snyder Family Stadium over that span. With the incredible annual gauntlet of the Big 12's true round-robin format, our schedule needs to make sense for K-State and having marquee non-conference opponents in Manhattan is one way we honor our fans as well as accomplish our goal of providing Value to the University, Community and State.

From 2011-2015 the Cats averaged 7.2 home games, compared to an average of 6.28 among the other nine Big 12 schools.  West Virginia has the next highest average number at 6.6 and three Big 12 teams averaged 6.0 home stadium games per season. With the 2017 non-conference slate also finalized and multiple non-conference home games already under contract or pending contract in years 2018-2021, K-State is on track to host seven home games annually each of those five years.

With 23 consecutive sellouts at Bill Snyder Family Stadium heading into this week's matchup versus #19 Oklahoma, fans are encouraged to join the K-State football season ticket wait list and can do so by visiting www.k-statesports.com/tickets or calling 1-800-221-CATS.

Again, thank you for your patience as we work through the scheduling process, and we look forward to an exciting remainder of 2015 and certainly the seasons ahead.

Go Cats!

John

Upcoming K-State Football Non-Conference Opponents (all subject to change)
2016
Sept. 2                  at Stanford
Sept. 10                BYE
Sept. 17                Florida Atlantic
Sept. 24                Missouri State

2017 (Five Home Big 12 games)
Central Arkansas
Charlotte
at Vanderbilt

2018 (Four Home Big 12 games)
Mississippi State
UTSA
Home TBA

2019 (Five home Big 12 games)
Bowling Green
at Mississippi State
Home TBA

2020
Vanderbilt
Buffalo

2021
Stanford