Cats Picked Third in Preseason Poll

head coach Bill Snyder

July 21, 2010

IRVING, Texas - For the 11th time since in the inception of the Big 12 Conference, Kansas State has been picked to finish among the top three teams in the Big 12 North as the Wildcats have been tabbed third in the 2010 division race, according to the results of the annual preseason media survey conducted by the conference office.

The third-place ranking in the preseason poll is the highest for a Wildcat team since also being picked third prior to the 2007 campaign, while the last time it was selected higher than third was in 2004 when the Wildcats were tabbed to win the division.

The media chose an Oklahoma/Nebraska match-up for the 2010 Dr. Pepper Big 12 Championship, which will be held December 4 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, while Texas and Missouri were picked to finish second in their respective divisions. Kansas State, selected to finish fifth in the 2009 divisional race, returns a total of 40 lettermen and 15 total starters (5 offense, 7 defense, 3 specialists) from last season's 6-6 team that was one win shy of advancing to the Big 12 Championship game.

Kansas State will participate in the annual Big 12 Media Days on Tuesday before opening the 2010 season September 4 with a nationally-televised matchup with UCLA.

Tickets for the opener are going fast but excellent seating locations remain available. Both season and single-game tickets for the six-game 2010 schedule also remain on sale. All North End Zone season tickets have sold out, but bench seats are still available for just $300 each. Faculty and staff can also purchase tickets starting at $241 and enroll in payroll deduction.

To purchase tickets, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-221-CATS or visit www.k-statesports.com. A copy of the 2010 ticket brochure, which includes all ticket prices and options, is also available online.

2010 Big 12 Preseason Football Poll (Media Vote)
North Division

1. Nebraska (26) 156
2. Missouri 125
3. Kansas State 79
4. Kansas 70
5. Colorado 61
6. Iowa State 55

South Division
1. Oklahoma (16) 146
2. Texas (10) 140
3. Texas A&M 97
4. Texas Tech 68
5. Oklahoma State 53
6. Baylor 42

first place votes in parentheses