SE: Another Week, Another Challenge

For the third consecutive week, Kansas State (3-2, 0-2 Big 12) will be taking on a ranked Big 12 opponent. 

A nationally televised matchup on ABC, K-State will face the No. 19 Oklahoma Sooners (4-1, 1-1 Big 12) at 2:30 p.m., in Bill Snyder Family Stadium. 

The atmosphere will be electric as this weekend’s game marks the Wildcats’ 24th-consecutive sellout, it’s K-State’s homecoming weekend, and the team is more than ready to bounce back after a bitter loss to TCU last week.

“We’re certainly ready to move on,” said K-State quarterback Joe Hubener. “We’ve covered TCU and we’ve covered the areas that we fell short in that game. We can’t dwell on that. It was tough to handle, but we can’t dwell on the past because we have another tough opponent coming up this weekend. We have to learn from the past weekend and apply it to this coming week.”

K-State enters tomorrow’s game on a two-game losing skid. The Wildcats have suffered back-to-back close losses (34-36 at No. 19 Oklahoma State and 45-52 to No. 2 TCU) and are ready to put the past aside. 

“We have a streak of losing right now and we don’t want that; no one wants that,” said defensive tackle Travis Britz. “But we have to get back on track, that’s our main focus. Who’s going to be the better team, us or OU? Who’s going to be more willing to put in the work and win? It’s going to be a challenge like it is every week in the Big 12, but we have to prove to ourselves we’re here for the long haul, and whatever they throw at us we’re going to take it.”

Much like the Wildcats, Oklahoma enters this weekend’s game coming off of a close loss as well. The Sooners dropped nine spots in the national rankings after losing, 24-17, to Texas last weekend at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. 

There’s no doubt Oklahoma will be hungry. 

“It has a special meaning because they are a conference member, it’s the next game in line and they’re a tremendously talented football team,” said K-State head coach Bill Snyder about taking on Oklahoma. “All those things add to the significance of this ballgame.”

It won’t be easy, but K-State has proven it can hang with the nation’s toughest teams and believes it has what it takes to stop the Sooners. 

The Wildcats haven’t defeated Oklahoma at home since 1996, and that’s a streak the Cats hope to put an end to tomorrow afternoon.

“I was surprised that Oklahoma had won so many (games) here, that surprises me,” said center Dalton Risner. “I feel like we have such an advantage when we play at home and that we can beat anybody. It gives us so much more confidence having the fan base behind us. It surprises me, but I feel like we’re about to break that streak this weekend, no doubt about it.”


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Following a sweep of West Virginia on October 10 at home, K-State returns to the road for the 10th time over its last 12 matches as it will take on Oklahoma at McCasland Field House tonight at 6 p.m. K-State, which has a first half of the Big 12 schedule that features five road matches, defeated the Mountaineers in straight sets after dropping two straight road matches.

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FOX Sports Kansas City will televise 12 Kansas State men’s basketball games during the 2015-16 season, including two Big 12 matchups, the school and network announced today.

FOX Sports Kansas City will air the games to the entire state of Kansas as well as the Kansas City metro area, while fans outside the region can view the broadcasts for the first time on K-StateHD.TV. In addition, all 12 games will be available to stream live outside the state of Kansas on ESPN3 across WatchESPN platforms.

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