The Kansas State Wildcats found a way to turn a pre-season projection of 8th in the Big 12 into an 8-4 season, and the four losses were all to teams ranked in the College Football Playoff top 25. Kansas State fans are known for traveling well to bowls (especially those in Texas), which had to have caught the eyes of the Advocare V100 Texas Bowl officials. To make things a little more interesting, the Wildcats are more than familiar with their opponent; former Big 12 member, Texas A&M.
Advocare V100 Texas Bowl
Texas A&M vs Kansas State
DATE: Wednesday, Dec 28
TIME: 8:00PM CT
LOCATION: NRG Stadium (Houston, TX)
LINE: K-State +2.5
The Wildcat faithful will do most of the traveling as the Texas A&M Aggies only have to figure out how to notch 100 miles on their cars from College Station to NRG Stadium.
For the Aggies, they find themselves in a downward spiral finishing the year 1-4 after racing out to a 7-1 record and a #4 ranking in week one of the playoff poll. Many pundits saw this year as being the year A&M knocks Alabama from their perch atop the SEC, but as Big 12 fans know, A&M always looks dangerous in September and October before inevitably crumbling down the stretch in November.
Texas A&M’s marquee win of the season came on September 17th with a win over the Auburn Tigers, who finished #14 in the final CFP poll. The Wildcats have been more consistent, but have come up short against better competition as they have only beat teams with a .500 record or worse this year.
Of the two teams, Kansas State will definitely be the team most excited to be there, and as with any Snyder-lead team, they’ll be ready to play. The Big 12 could use a big win, and it doesn’t come any bigger than against the SEC, against a former Big 12 member.
Expect the EMAW faithful to travel well near the 25,000 number, as this will be only their second appearance in a Bowl in this particular stadium in Houston. The last time the Wildcats played in that stadium, it went by the name Reliant Stadium in 2006. It marked the first year the bowl was known as the Texas Bowl in lieu of the Houston Bowl in former head coach Ron Prince’s first year on the job. It would be the only year Ron Prince made a bowl appearance and the Josh Freeman, Yamon Figures and Jordy Nelson led team would fall to a Greg Schiano-Ray Rice Rutgers team.