Significant Factors in K-State Game

UCLA opens its season in Manhattan, Kansas, against Kansas State, a program it faced for the first time last season. KSU head coach Bill Snyder is one of the most venerable coaches in college football...

-- UCLA travels to Manhattan, Kansas, Saturday to take on Kansas State.

-- Game time is 12:30 PT, and it will be televised regionally on ABC, with Carter Blackburn, Brock Huard and Mike Belotti in the booth.

-- It is, of course, the first game of the season for both teams.

-- Last season, UCLA was 7-6 and 3-6 in the Pac-10, while Kansas State was 6-6 overall and 4-4 in the Big 12, with a second-place finish in the Big 12 North.

-- KSU did win five of its six home games in 2009.

-- The Wildcats came to the Rose Bowl last September 19th and the Bruins won the game, 23-9.

-- In that game, UCLA kept KSU to 268 total yards and just 69 yards on the ground.

-- Daniel Thomas, the leading rusher in the Big 12 in 2009, who ran for 1265 yards for the season, was held to 54 yards on 15 carries.

-- Last season was the first time the two programs had played each other in football in their history.

-- UCLA has started its last five seasons in a row with a win. The Bruins are also 3-1 in this decade when opening the season on the road.

-- UCLA is 23-19-1 all-time against the Big 12.

-- Kansas State's coach is Bill Snyder, who is 70 years of age. The long-time KSU coach had retired, but then returned to the Wildcat program last season. He coached the Wildcats from 1989-2005 and then resumed last season. Snyder, in his first stint at KSU, did a remarkable job, turning one of the perennial losers in college football into an annual contender in the Big 12. Within ten years of Sports Illustrated naming KSU the worst program in the country, Snyder in 1998 posted an undefeated, regular-season 11-0 record, and Snyder was named national coach of the year. He was 136–68–1 at Kansas State in those 17 seasons, and is now ranked #8 in career victories among active BCS coaches.

-- The promotional line you always hear about Snyder is that he's "the architect of the greatest turnaround in college football."

-- After Snyder "retired" in 2005, they named the home stadium after him. It's now called the Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium.

-- Kansas State has been pretty successful in non-conference games recently, winning 12 of its last 18 games. Of course, the knock on the program is that that they always schedule a cupcake non-conference schedule.

-- Less than 1,000 tickets remain available for the game. The stadium holds 50,750.

-- The weather is forecast to be a bit milder than you might expect, 81 degrees and moderate humidity.

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