MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State earned its second preseason ranking Sunday afternoon as the Wildcats were ranked 20th in the Preseason Associated Press Top 25. It is the second time in the last three years K-State has been ranked in the initial AP poll, while it was the highest the Wildcats have been ranked in the organization’s preseason survey since 2004.
The Wildcats, who are ranked 21st in the 2014 Amway Preseason Coaches Poll, were ranked 22nd in the Preseason AP Top 25 in 2012. That was the first time the Cats showed up in the preseason poll since 2004 when Kansas State was ranked 12th.
Other Big 12 programs joining K-State in the Preseason AP Top 25 are Oklahoma (fourth) and Baylor (10th). The Sooners received one of the 60 first-place votes. In addition, Auburn – K-State’s opponent on Thursday, September 18 – checked in at No. 6.
Kansas State returns 39 letterwinners – including 14 starters – from last year’s squad that tallied an 8-5 record, which included a victory over Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. The group is headlined by wide receiver Tyler Lockett and defensive end Ryan Mueller – both 2013 Second Team All-Americans – as well as multiple awards candidates in quarterback Jake Waters, place kicker Jack Cantele and offensive linemen B.J. Finney and Cody Whitehair.
The Wildcats open the 2014 season on August 30, with a 6:10 p.m., tilt against Stephen F. Austin at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The game, which serves as the sixth-annual K-State Family Reunion, will be broadcast world-wide on K-StateHD.TV.
Season tickets for the 2014 campaign sold out on June 5, while only a small number of scattered singles remain for the season opener as well as the KU game on November 29. Standing-room only tickets are available for the Stephen F. Austin, UTEP, Texas, Oklahoma State and Kansas contests.