K-State finalizes 2007, 2008 football schedules

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State will open and close its 2007 season with a pair nationally televised non-conference games according to the schedule announced by head football coach Ron Prince Tuesday.

K-State, which earned a berth in the Texas Bowl and finished the 2006 season with a 7-6 (4-4 Big 12) record in Prince’s inaugural campaign with the Wildcats, will make its 2007 debut in front of a national television audience on ESPN at Auburn on Sept 1. The Wildcats have also been guaranteed a national television spot on ESPN for its regular-season finale at Fresno State on Nov. 24.

“We are very excited about our entire 2007 schedule and believe that it fits perfectly with the goals of our organization, which are to compete for the Big 12 North Division title and showcase our program on a national level,” said Prince. “We will certainly be tested throughout the entire season, but we are looking forward to the challenges that the schedule provides.

“We are especially thrilled to have the opportunity to kickoff the college football season at Jordan-Hare Stadium against Auburn in front of a national television audience.” Prince added. “I am also appreciative of the fact that ESPN has recognized that this game, as well as our game at Fresno State, have the potential to be among of the top intersectional matchups of the college football season.”

Kansas State’s game at Auburn is the first of a recently negotiated two-game, home-and-home series that will have Wildcats host the Tigers in 2014. It will be the first regular-season game against a Southeastern Conference opponent since 1984 for K-State, which also opened its 1979 season at Auburn and has faced the Tigers twice previously.

“Games like the one we will play at Auburn not only provide our program with the type of national exposure that we believe is beneficial for our organization, but also allow us to accurately measure just where we are in relation to the top programs in college football in terms of speed, strength, skill level and toughness,” Prince said.

Kansas State’s game at Fresno State is the second of a three-game, two-for-one contract between the Wildcats and Bulldogs. Prince said moving the game to the end of the season will prove to be doubly beneficial for the Wildcats.

“Fresno State not only gives us another nationally recognized opponent on our schedule, but by moving the game to the end of the regular season we have created both a national television opportunity and gained an open week in our schedule before we head into Big 12 Conference competition.”

Kansas State’s open date falls on Sept. 22 and comes on the heels of a brief, two-game homestand that sees defending New Mexico Bowl champion San Jose State visit Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Sept. 8 followed by Missouri State on Sept. 15.

The Wildcats dive in to Big 12 Conference play on Sept. 29 at Texas for the first of its three games against the league’s South Division. Home matchups with Kansas on Oct. 6 and Colorado on Oct. 13 are up next before K-State closes out the month of October at Oklahoma State on Oct. 20 and at home against Baylor on Oct. 27.

The Wildcats will play three of their four November games on the road, beginning with trips to Iowa State on Nov. 3 and Nebraska on Nov. 10. K-State then welcomes Missouri to the Little Apple on Nov. 17 for Senior Day before the Wildcats head West to close out the regular season at Fresno State on Nov. 24.

Prince also announced the Wildcats’ 2008 football schedule Tuesday.

Kansas State will play four of its first five games at home to open the season, with a Sept. 20 matchup at Louisville which completes a two-game, home-and-home series that saw the Cardinals play at K-State in 2006 serving as the Wildcats’ only road test.

K-State opens the season on Aug. 30 against Louisiana-Lafayette, then wraps up its three-game contract with Fresno State on Sept. 6.

A bye week precedes K-State’s trip to Louisville on Sept. 20, before K-State closes out the non-conference portion of its slate by hosting North Texas on Sept. 27.

The Wildcats open Big 12 action in 2008 with back-to-back dates against the South Division. Texas Tech visits Snyder Family Stadium on Oct. 4, with K-State traveling to Texas A&M on Oct. 11.

A trip to Colorado on Oct. 18 and a home game vs. Oklahoma on Oct. 25 follow before Kansas State concludes the season with four straight North Division contests. The Wildcats will play at Kansas on Nov. 1 and at Missouri on Nov. 8, then host Nebraska on Nov. 15 and Iowa State on Nov. 22.

Future home-and-home series with Oregon and Virginia Tech were also made public by Prince. The Wildcats and Ducks will kick off a two-game series on Sept. 3, 2011, when Oregon visits Snyder Family Stadium. K-State will return the game to Eugene and face the Ducks at Autzen Stadium on Sept. 1, 2012.

Kansas State’s series with the Hokies begins on Sept. 6, 2014, in Blacksburg, with the Wildcats slated to host Virginia Tech on Sept. 24, 2016.

2007 Season Ticket Prices Announced
The Kansas State Athletics Department announced that season tickets the 2007 are priced at $225 for general admission seating in the North End Zone, $300 for reserved bench and $330 for chairback seating. K-State will again offer its popular “Young Alumni” season ticket package for just $178 to recent K-State graduates who purchased season tickets during their time as a student. Student season tickets are priced at $143 and will go on sale March 26, when the fall enrollment process begins through the K-State KATS system.

Single-game ticket prices for the San Jose State and Missouri State games are $35 per game. The Colorado, Baylor and Missouri games are priced at $55, with the Kansas game costing $70.

Season ticket holders have a renewal payment deadline of March 27. K-State is again offering its fans the option of renewing their season tickets and ordering single-game tickets on-line at www.k-statesports.com.

Fans interested in ordering season tickets may do so in person at the K-State Athletic Ticket Office in Bramlage Coliseum or by calling toll-free, 1-800-221-CATS. The ticket office is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

2007 Kansas State Football Schedule

Sept. 1 at Auburn (ESPN) Auburn, Ala.
Sept. 8 San Jose State Manhattan, Kan.
Sept. 15 Missouri State Manhattan, Kan.
Sept. 29 at Texas Austin, Texas
Oct. 6 Kansas Manhattan, Kan.
Oct. 13 Colorado Manhattan, Kan.
Oct. 20 at Oklahoma State Stillwater, Okla.
Oct. 27 Baylor Manhattan, Kan.
Nov. 3 at Iowa State Ames, Iowa
Nov. 10 at Nebraska Lincoln, Neb.
Nov. 17 Missouri Manhattan, Kan.
Nov. 24 at Fresno State (ESPN) Fresno, Calif.










2008 Kansas State Football Schedule

Aug. 30 Louisiana-Lafayette Manhattan, Kan.
Sept. 6 Fresno State Manhattan, Kan.
Sept. 20 at Louisville Louisville, Ky.
Sept. 27 North Texas Manhattan, Kan.
Oct. 4 Texas Tech Manhattan, Kan.
Oct. 11 at Texas A&M College Station, Texas
Oct. 18 at Colorado Boulder, Colo.
Oct. 25 Oklahoma Manhattan, Kan.
Nov. 1 at Kansas Lawrence, Kan.
Nov. 8 at Missouri Columbia, Mo.
Nov. 15 Nebraska Manhattan, Kan.
Nov. 22 Iowa State Manhattan, Kan.