COURTESY: Kansas State Sports Information
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State finalized its 2014 football schedule today, announcing a seven-game home slate highlighted by a prime time Thursday night battle with Auburn on September 18 and home conference matchups with Big 12 foes Texas, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and KU.
The Wildcats’ 12-game schedule includes six teams which were bowl-eligible in 2013, with four of those visiting Bill Snyder Family Stadium in 2014.
“We are excited about our seven-game home schedule for 2014,” said Athletics Director John Currie. “Following our record-setting attendance this past season, our fans will have a 2014 slate that ranks among the best in school history including our historic matchup with Auburn as well as conference games against Texas, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and KU.”
The 2014 slate will get underway on August 30 against Stephen F. Austin as the Cats play four of their first five games at home to open the season.
Following the season opener against the Lumberjacks, K-State will open up Big 12 Conference play in week two with a road trip to Iowa State before enjoying its first bye week of the season leading up to the game with Auburn, the 2013 BCS National Championship runner-up.
Manhattan and Bill Snyder Family Stadium will be the focus of the college football world on Thursday, September 18, as the Cats and Tigers meet in an ESPN nationally-televised game. The Thursday night matchup, one of the most-watched games in the country each week, will be the first in Manhattan since the 2010 Nebraska game and the fourth overall at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
“The chance to host a program like Auburn on ESPN’s Thursday night telecast in what will be one of the best non-conference matchups in the country next year is a terrific and unique opportunity for K-State,” Currie added.
The Wildcats then host the Miners of UTEP on September 27 to wrap up non-conference play.
K-State will continue Big 12 Conference action on October 4 at home against Texas Tech before enjoying its second bye week of the season. Following a road trip to Oklahoma (October 18), the Cats will return home for two straight against Texas on October 25 and Oklahoma State on November 1.
Following a trip to TCU on November 8, the Cats will enjoy another bye week on November 15 before heading to West Virginia for a special Thursday night matchup in Morgantown on November 20.
K-State welcomes KU to Manhattan on November 29 before wrapping up the regular season on the road at Baylor on December 6.
All game times, ticket information and promotional schedules will be announced in the coming weeks with season tickets going on sale March 3. With K-State riding a current home sellout streak of 13 straight games and another season ticket sellout anticipated, K-State officials encourage fans to act early when tickets become available.
2014 K-State Football Schedule
Aug. 30 – Stephen F. Austin, Manhattan, Kan.
Sept. 6 – at Iowa State*, Ames, Iowa
Sept. 13 – BYE
Sept. 18 – Auburn, Manhattan, Kan.
Sept. 27 – UTEP, Manhattan, Kan.
Oct. 4 – Texas Tech*, Manhattan, Kan.
Oct. 11 – BYE
Oct. 18 – at Oklahoma*, Norman, Okla.
Oct. 25 – Texas*, Manhattan, Kan.
Nov. 1 – Oklahoma State*, Manhattan, Kan.
Nov. 8 – at TCU*, Fort Worth, Texas
Nov. 15 – BYE
Nov. 20 – at West Virginia*, Morgantown, WV
Nov. 29 – KU*, Manhattan, Kan.
Dec. 6 – at Baylor*, Waco, Texas
Home games in BOLD
* denotes Big 12 Conference game