Courtesy of Kansas State Athletics
MANHATTAN, Kan. â€“ Kansas State finalized its 2010 football schedule Friday, announcing a six-game home schedule highlighted by a nationally-televised Thursday night Big 12 North battle with Nebraska on October 7 and a September 18 showdown with Iowa State at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Wildcatsâ€™ 12-game slate includes seven teams coming off bowl appearances, five of which will visit Bill Snyder Family Stadium, while the 12 teams combined for an 82-70 overall record in 2009.
â€œGenerally we have five primary goals in scheduling,â€ Athletics Director John Currie said. â€œWe 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.â€
K-Stateâ€™s first six games will be in the state of Kansas and Kansas City, beginning September 4 when the eyes of the nation will be upon Manhattan as UCLA visits Bill Snyder Family Stadium on opening weekend.
After hosting Missouri State on September 11, K-State will open conference play at Arrowhead Stadium on September 18 against Iowa State and will serve as the home team. 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.
Central Florida of Conference USA will then head to Manhattan on September 25 as K-State will open a home-and-home series with the Golden Knights. Following a bye week on October 2, K-State will host Nebraska for a rematch of the 2009 Big 12 North title game on ESPN's Thursday night national telecast, its first Thursday night appearance since facing Kansas in Lawrence back in 1994.
â€œWe 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,â€ said Dave Brown, vice president of programming for ESPN. â€œNebraska 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.â€
The Wildcats will then play consecutive road games at Kansas on October 16 and at Baylor on October 23 before welcoming Oklahoma State and Texas to Manhattan on October 30 and November 6, respectively.
The final three games of the season will be away from Bill Snyder Family Stadium as the Wildcats wrap up Big 12 Conference play at Missouri on November 13 and at Colorado on November 20. The regular season will then conclude in Denton, Texas, as Kansas State will travel to North Texas for a Thanksgiving weekend matchup on November 27 against the Mean Green.