2011 Football Schedule, Future Big 12 Rotations Announced

K-State will play seven home games in 2011

Sept. 30, 2010

 

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State has released its tentative 2011 football schedule, announcing a seven-game home slate that includes five conference matchups and a nine-game Big 12 schedule that reflects the new 10-member league format announced Thursday by Big 12 officials.

The Wildcats’ full 12-game slate includes matchups against five teams that are currently ranked in the Top 25 and home games against conference foes Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Missouri, Baylor and Iowa State. The 2011 season will also mark the inaugural year of the league’s new schedule arrangement, which includes yearly matchups for all 10 institutions and a long-term rotating format that alternates between even and odd-number years.

“We are excited about the future of the Big 12 and the long-term conference schedule rotation that has been approved by the league office and member institutions,” Athletics Director John Currie said. “Since our arrival in 2009 we have been working towards several scheduling goals, and we are pleased to be able to again offer seven home games in 2011, including four of the first five games in Bill Snyder Family Stadium, while also adding a bye week early in the season. The new conference format will provide some exciting matchups for our fans as we begin the nine-game rotating slate with five home games and an annual matchup with each of our member schools.”

K-State kicks off the 2011 season on Saturday, September 3 as Eastern Kentucky visits Manhattan.  Following a bye week on September 10, K-State will host Kent State in its final home non-conference game on September 17. The Wildcats will make their first road trip of 2011 on September 24 when they face Miami at Dolphins Stadium, which is also home of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. K-State’s matchup with the Hurricanes will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools and precede a 2012 trip by the Hurricanes to Manhattan.

K-State will open Big 12 Conference play with two games at home as Baylor visits Manhattan on October 1 followed by Missouri on October 8. The Wildcats then hit the road for consecutive conference games beginning with Texas Tech on October 15 and wrapping up with a return trip to Lawrence on October 22 to face Kansas.

Several Big 12 institutions will make repeat trips to opponent stadiums in 2011, something Currie said was inevitable during the process of approving the new football schedule format.

“The conference office did a good job of limiting those instances but overall we were more concerned about getting the proper balance right since we anticipate that this schedule pattern will be in place for many, many years,” Currie added. “While we will be making a return trip to Lawrence in 2011, we will also host Iowa State for the second straight year after serving as the home team in Kansas City last season. Overall, we are very pleased with the long-term balance of this schedule and excited about the future of the Big 12 Conference.”

The Wildcats will return home on October 29 to host Oklahoma before opening the month of November with a trip to Stillwater to face Oklahoma State. The 2011 schedule concludes with a home game against Texas A&M on November 12, a trip to Texas on November 19 and the season finale at home against Iowa State on November 26.

“Being able to have seven home games at home will certainly be beneficial to the Manhattan community and all of our fans that make the weekly trip to see our ballgames,” head coach Bill Snyder said. “The Big 12 has consistently proven to be one of the top football conferences in America year in and year out, and we look forward to continuing that success for many more years.”

As in the past, all game dates are subject to change as television schedules for 2011 are finalized.

2011 K-State Football Schedule
September 3   Eastern Kentucky    Manhattan, Kan.
September 10  Open
September 17  Kent State          Manhattan, Kan.
September 24  at Miami            Dolphins Stadium, Miami, Fla.
October 1     Baylor*             Manhattan, Kan.
October 8     Missouri*           Manhattan, Kan.
October 15    at Texas Tech*      Lubbock, Texas
October 22    at Kansas*          Lawrence, Kan.
October 29    Oklahoma*           Manhattan, Kan.
November 5    at Oklahoma State*  Stillwater, Okla.
November 12   Texas A&M*          Manhattan, Kan.
November 19   at Texas*           Austin, Texas
November 26   Iowa State*         Manhattan, Kan.

All home games in bold
* denotes Big 12 Conference games

K-State Big 12 Conference Schedules - 2011 and Future Odd Years (subject to change)
Week 1  Baylor             Home
Week 2  Missouri           Home
Week 3  at Texas Tech      Away
Week 4  at Kansas          Away
Week 5  Oklahoma           Home
Week 6  at Oklahoma State  Away
Week 7  Texas A&M          Home
Week 8  at Texas           Away
Week 9  Iowa State         Home

K-State Big 12 Conference Schedules - 2012 and Future Even Years (subject to change)
Week 1  at Baylor          Away
Week 2  at Missouri        Away
Week 3  Texas Tech         Home
Week 4  Kansas             Home
Week 5  at Oklahoma        Away
Week 6  Oklahoma State     Home
Week 7  at Texas A&M       Away
Week 8  Texas              Home
Week 9  at Iowa State      Away

Additional information on the schedule building process is available at: 
http://www.big12sports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=204998673&DB_OEM_ID=10410

Future schedules are available at:
http://www.big12sports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=10410&ATCLID=1522978