Wildcats Finalize Football Schedule

Cats Finalized their schedule this past week by adding a couple new non-conference opponents.

Wildcats Finalize Football Schedule

by KStateFans.com

Western Kentucky, Fresno State and Louisiana-Lafayette.

That's Kansas State's football lineup for the 2004 non-conference football schedule.

The schedule was finalized with the announcement of a two-for-one agreement with Fresno State that will have the Bulldogs coming to KSU Stadium on Sept. 11, and again in 2008, while the Wildcats will travel west in 2007.

The agreement has the schools trading checks for $450,000 for the first two games, while Fresno State receives $500,000 for the final game.

''Two-for-ones are becoming the norm,'' said Kansas State associate athletics director Jim Epps. ''Finding a Division I team that will come once is still possible, but it's like finding a needle in a haystack, and then it becomes a bidding war.

''There are another 15 to 20 schools trying to find the same schools and they have bigger stadiums and can give bigger guarantees,'' Epps said. ''But our objective is still to schedule non-league home games.''

Epps said most guarantees for one-game contracts with Division I-AA schools or lower I-As was between $350,000 and $400,000.

Fresno State went 9-5 last year, which included a 17-9 victory over UCLA in the Silicon Valley Bowl game.

K-State's preseason lineup will include NCAA Division I-AA Western Kentucky on Sept. 4, Fresno State on Sept. 11 and Louisiana-Lafayette on Sept. 18.

K-State will then open the Big 12 season at Texas A&M on Sept. 25.

Other future games include: • 2005 — at Marshall, North Texas • 2006 — Marshall • 2007 — San Jose, at Fresno State • 2008 — San Jose, Fresno State

2004 KSU Schedule

Sept. 4 — Western Kentucky Sept. 11 — Fresno State Sept. 18 — La. -Lafayette Sept. 25 — Open Date Oct. 2 — at Texas A&M Oct. 9 — at Kansas Oct. 16 — Oklahoma Oct. 23 — Nebraska Oct. 30 — Texas Tech Nov. 6 — at Missouri Nov. 13 — at Colorado Nov. 20 — Iowa State

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