Kansas State football makes its season debut in Associated Press poll at No. 25

Arne Green
Topeka Capital-Journal

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.

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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.