Cats Ranked No. 21 in Preseason Coaches' Poll

Tyler Lockett

Aug. 2, 2012

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State was one of six Big 12 football teams ranked in the 2012 USA Today Sports Coaches Poll released today as the Cats checked in at No. 21 in the preseason survey.

The ranking marked the first time since 2004 that a K-State team has been ranked in the preseason coaches’ poll as the Cats checked in at No. 13 that season. K-State’s inclusion in this year’s preseason poll marks the ninth time since the formation of the Big 12 in 1996 that the Wildcats have been ranked in the survey’s top 25.

Other Big 12 programs joining the Cats in the preseason poll were Oklahoma (4th), West Virginia (11th), Texas (15th), TCU (17th) and Oklahoma State (19th).

The Wildcats return 17 starters – the most since 2006 – and 42 total lettermen from last year’s squad. Of the 17 starters back, eight are on offense and six are on defense, while K-State also sees its kicker, punter and long snapper all return for 2012.

Kansas State will hold its annual media day on Friday, while the K-State Fall Football Kickoff is set for Saturday, August 18, at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Coach Snyder and selected players will address the fans at approximately 6 p.m., with an hour-long autograph session to follow. Complete details of the K-State Fall Football Kickoff will be announced at a later date.

K-State opens the 2012 season at 6 p.m., September 1 against Missouri State. A very limited number of seats remain for the Missouri State, North Texas, KU, Oklahoma State and Texas games, while great seats are still available for the highly-anticipated matchup with Miami on September 8 and the October 27 Homecoming game with Texas Tech.

To purchase tickets fans can visit the ticket office online at, call the ticket office by phone at (800) 221-CATS, or purchase in person at the Bramlage Coliseum Ticket Office between 8:30 a.m., and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.