Kansas State football makes its season debut in Associated Press poll at No. 25
Kansas State wasn't even on Associated Press poll voters' radars in the preseason, but it took the Wildcats just three weeks — and three straight victories — to debut in the rankings Sunday at No. 25.
The Wildcats began receiving votes following their impressive 24-7 victory over Stanford to open the season, and after a narrow escape against Southern Illinois, got over the hump by knocking off Nevada on Saturday, 38-17.
The Wildcats are ranked for the first time since they peaked at No. 16 last October 25, following a 55-14 homecoming blowout of Kansas that pushed their record to 4-1. But it was all downhill from there, as a 37-10 home loss to Oklahoma triggered a season-ending five-game losing streak.
But by cracking the AP Top 25 — they're receiving votes but not ranked in the Coaches Poll — the Wildcats now have been ranked at some point during each of coach Chris Klieman's three seasons.
K-State faces another test at 6 p.m. Saturday, opening Big 12 play against Oklahoma State in Stillwater. The Cowboys are No. 22 in the Coaches Poll and receiving votes from the AP after a 3-0 start.
Afternoon kickoff vs. Oklahoma
The Big 12 announced Monday that kickoff for Kansas State's conference home opener Oct. 2 against No. 3-ranked Oklahoma (No. 4 AP) at Bill Snyder Family Stadium has been set for 2:30 p.m.
The game will be nationally televised on FOX, ending a three-week run for the Wildcats on the ESPN+ subscription streaming service.