In years past, the Sunflower Showdown between
However, for the first time in many years, both teams come into this contest unranked and winless in the Big 12 Conference.
For the first time in a long time, the in-state battle means something; there is certainly something to play for besides state bragging rights.
K-State is coming off its road loss at Texas A&M, while
the Jayhawks are hoping to rebound from its narrow loss to
"It's exciting because they are coming in with a lot of confidence because they've played well this season," K-State senior tight end Brian Casey said Tuesday. "We have dominated over the past 11 years, so it angers us a little bit that people aren't giving us as much credit as I think that we deserve. We are going to take it like any other game, and plan for them, practice hard, and go into the game like we always do."
But while K-State has struggled so far this season,
"Yeah, they look better," K-State
defensive tackle Jermaine
Senior defensive end Scott Edmonds noted the improvement by KU after seeing them lose its game to the Cornhuskers 14-8 last Saturday.
"We just saw the one this past
Wildcat head coach Bill Snyder said there are actually a lot of similarities in K-State and KU's conference opening losses last week—two teams still searching for identities in the wide-open Big 12 North.
"They had control of the ballgame
at the end of the ballgame and we had control of the ballgame at the end of the
ballgame," he said. "It was ours to win or lose, it was theirs to win or lose.
We were moving the football and two penalties popped up. We were moving the
football and a fumble pops up and a sack pops up. We had five drives and 50
snaps coming in five of the first six possessions, and you get points out of
three of those, but then there are 20 snaps where you used up a lot of clock,
but didn't get any points. Some of the same things happened with the