MANHATTAN, Kan. - John Currie announced K-State's 2010 football schedule Friday with the 12-game lineup including six home games, which includes a unique Thursday night offering against Nebraska that will be televised by ESPN. Also unusual is finishing the season on the road with a non-conference game at North Texas.

John Currie smacked a five-run home run with the announcement of Kansas State's 2010 football schedule on Friday that will include six home games, including a nationally televised Thursday night contest with Nebraska.

"Generally, we have five primary goals in scheduling," Currie said.

"We want to have as many home games as possible, especially early in the season; have at least 11 FBS opponents each season; attempt to include an open date during the regular season and create opportunities to provide further exposure for our program and University on a national level.

"With this schedule, we feel we have accomplished these goals and are looking forward to a sold-out Bill Snyder Family Stadium in 2010," Currie said.

Highlighting the six home game 2010 schedule is an Oct. 7 nationally televised contest with Nebraska at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

"We are very excited to return to Manhattan for our first Thursday night game since 1992 and we greatly appreciate the leadership of John Currie in making this happen," said Dave Brown, vice president of programming for ESPN.

"Nebraska and Kansas State have given us many great games over the years on ABC and ESPN, and we thank both schools and the Big 12 Conference for scheduling this game on Thursday night."

The Wildcats will open the year with a six-game package that will have the Wildcats traveling no farther than two hours.

K-State opens the year on Sept. 4 with UCLA and Sept. 11 with Missouri State playing on KSU's home turf. Missouri State will be the lone I-AA type team on the Wildcats' schedule.

The Wildcats then open Big 12 action by playing Iowa State in Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium on Sept. 18, followed by a home date with Central Florida. The league opener will be the earliest for a Wildcat team since the inaugural Big 12 game against Texas Tech to open the 1996 season on Aug. 30.

The Oct. 2 Saturday will be a bye, followed by the Nebraska game on the night of Oct. 7. It will mark the first time the Wildcats will have played on a Thursday night since hosting Kansas in 1994.

The remaining schedule has K-State going to Kansas on Oct. 16 and to Baylor on Oct. 23, followed by home dates on Oct. 30 against Oklahoma State and Nov. 6 against Texas.

K-State then ends the year on a three-game road trip that will take them to Missouri on Nov. 13, Colorado on Nov. 20 and North Texas on Nov. 27.

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