Red-hot Wildcats ready for intrastate rivals

For the first time in many many years, the Wildcats will head to Lawrence to take on inner-state rival Jayhawks as Underdogs. You read that correctly, the Jayhawks are favored over the Wildcats this weekend. Read what the Players and Coaches have to say about being underdogs and the Game.

It's rivalry week here in Manhattan, and the Kansas State football team will travel those fateful 45 miles east to Lawrence on Saturday to take on the Kansas Jayhawks.

This will be the 104th meeting between the two schools, with the Jayhawks owning a 61-37-5 advantage over K-State. The Wildcats, however, have won 12 of the last 13 meetings, including a 12-3 win at Bill Snyder Family Stadium last season. The home team has won the last three meetings.

A lot is at stake in this game, as K-State (7-4 overall, 4-3 Big 12 Conference) is coming off its biggest win of the season over then No. 4-ranked Texas. The Wildcats are one of the hottest teams in the Big 12 Conference right now and are riding a three-game win streak. The Jayhawks (5-5, 2-4 Big 12) have won their last two games, and they will be looking to notch their sixth win so they can become bowl eligible.

Kansas would obviously like to get that win in the comfort of Memorial Stadium this weekend, because its last game of the season is Nov. 25 at Missouri, and K-State found out earlier this how hard it is to play the Tigers at home.

The Wildcats are trying to prevent a hangover from the Texas game, and here is what some of the players and coach Ron Prince had at the weekly press conference to say about that win and the Kansas rivalry.

Prince on if he approaches this game any differently

"Not from my standpoint. There will be enough emotion created in the stadium with everybody surrounding it. For me, it's just a matter of what happens between the lines, and deciding how we want the game to be played to our best advantage. They are a very good team."

Quarterback Josh Freeman on his back-to-back Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week awards

"It just means that we won. I'm trying to do my best, trying to get a win. The awards that come with that are just gravy. The main thing is winning and we've been getting that done – we just have to try to keep it up."

On how far he's come since arriving in the spring

"I feel like I've come a long ways. The coaches have done a great job breaking everything down and allowing me to digest it a little slower and get things together at my own pace. I think that's really helped show that I can play physically at the speed I'd like to and be 100-percent confident with the mental side as well. It's really been good."

Defensive end Ian Campbell on tying K-State's single-season sack record

"It feels pretty good to tie the record. I want to get out there and get as many as I can. I think any defensive end would say that. I'm not really concerned on how many I break it by, if I do break it. I'll just try to get as many hits on Kansas' quarterback as I can."

Defensive tackle Quintin Echols on the Kansas rivalry

"When I first got here to Kansas it didn't mean that much because I didn't know too much about it. Over the years, seeing how the town and all the fans got into it, I can see how big this thing is. It's always Manhattan and half of Topeka versus half of Topeka and Lawrence, or something along those lines. Being around the guys from Kansas, it's a big deal for them. It's a big thing for me now also being at Kansas State. This is our rivalry, and I'm into it."

On Kansas being favored over K-State in the game

"It doesn't phase us. We understand that we're playing against them in their home stadium, and it might be senior day. This is a big game, and it just means that we have to prove more to more people."

Defensive tackle Blake Seiler on the loss to Kansas two seasons ago in Lawrence

"I was there. It was something that we definitely don't want to experience again. I remember their fans rushing the field and walking off the field looking at the scoreboard. It wasn't a good feeling at all."

Kicker Jeff Snodgrass on his thoughts before the 51-yard field goal in the fourth quarter against Texas

"I don't even remember what I was thinking about. To be honest I don't think I was thinking about anything. It was just one of those deals where you go out and it's just another kick. I really didn't feel any pressure on it or anything. I just went out and swung away."

Offensive lineman Logan Robinson on Josh Freeman's command in the huddle

"He does take control. He's the quarterback and we all listen to him and that's the way it is. In practice, Josh will joke around with us and keep it a little light, but during the game he's completely focused on what he needs to get done and what he needs to do. He tells us what to do and that's all there is to it, we listen."

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