Thursday Kansas State announced home-and-home football series with both Colorado and Washington State spanning from 2026 to 2029. The Wildcats first host the Cougars in 2026, travel to Boulder, CO, in 2027, host the Buffs in 2028, and will eventually end up in Pullman, WA, for 2029.
The latest additions to the non-conference schedule leaves just 2022 and 2023 as the only years between now and 2029 that do not feature at least one power five opponent outside of conference play for the Wildcats. This on the heals of the late 2015 requirement set forth by the conference offices. Other opponents between now and then include home and home series with SEC teams Mississippi State and Vanderbilt, and PAC-12 foes Stanford and Arizona. The Wildcats will open their 2016 campaign in Palo Alto, CA, against Stanford.
Scheduling non-conference opponents ten to 13 years out may seem strange, but this is not uncommon for a Division I athletic director. Even Biff Tanner’s copy of Gray’s sports almanac cannot tell us how good any of these teams will be a decade from now. However, there are plenty of story lines for both matchups. Provided they don’t meet in a bowl game between now and then, when K-State makes the trip to Colorado, it will be the first time the two have met since the Buffs left the Big 12. Even the matchup with Washington State could feature a familiar face. Although, with ten years until kick off, It’s unlikely former Texas Tech coach Mike Leech will still be leading the Cougars.
For now, Kansas State Athletic Director John Currie continues to do a good job lining up future non-conference opponents for the Wildcats.