Aug. 18, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. – For the first time since 2004, Kansas State has a place in the Associated Press Preseason Top 25 as the Wildcats checked in at No. 22 in the poll released today. The Wildcats, who were No. 12 in the 2004 preseason survey, are ranked in both the AP and USA Today Coaches’ Poll (No. 21) during the preseason for the first time since the 2004 campaign.
K-State was one of six Big 12 teams in the poll – tied for the most by a single conference – as the Wildcats joined West Virginia (11th), Texas (15th), Oklahoma State (19th) and TCU (20th) in the initial AP survey.
The Wildcats return 17 starters – the most since 2006 – and 42 total lettermen from last year’s 10-3 squad that finished second in the Big 12 and earned a berth into the AT&T Cotton Bowl. Of those 17 starters, eight are on offense and six on defense, while K-State also has its kicker, punter and long snapper back for 2012.
Kansas State will open its doors to the public on Saturday as the Wildcats host Fall Football Kickoff beginning at 5 p.m., at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The public is asked to park on the west side of Bill Snyder Family Stadium and enter through Gates C and D for the event, which is free to the public.
Fans can watch the final hour of practice from seats in Sections 1-9 before head coach Bill Snyder and team captains address the crowd. Fans will then be able to participate in a one-hour autograph session on the field with all players and coaches.
K-State officials announced Friday that the season-opening contest against Missouri State is sold out. But seats still remain available for the other six home games and fans are encouraged to act now. A very limited number of seats remain for the 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 www.kstatesports.com, 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. Additionally, the ticket window on the west side of the stadium will be open during Saturday’s Fall Football Kickoff for fans who wish to purchase season and single-game tickets.