Kansas State first fielded a football team in 1893, and aside from some good seasons in the 1920's and '30s, including a conference title in 1934, KState was historically one of the worst programs in college football. Bill Snyder's arrival in 1989 changed all that. Snyder's tenure would have the Wildcats win more games in 17 seasons than they'd won in 50 years. The Wildcats would play in 11 bowl games and win 4 Big 12 titles. Some of the talented players to play at Kansas State include Steve Grogan, Mark Simoneau, Martin Gramatica, and Michael Bishop. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Kansas State Wildcats football tickets.
2015 Kansas State Season Preview
The 2013 season was a year of transition for the Wildcats. But Kansas State, in typical Bill Synder fashion, came to play every week and were a threat to win every game of the season. The biggest loss of the offseason for Kansas State is safety Ty Zimmerman, who was one of the best defensive players in the Big 12 over the last 4 years. The return of quarterback Jake Waters, and big play threat Tyler Lockett have the Wildcats poised to be one of the most dangerous teams in the Big 12. The defense will look to senior defensive end Ryan Mueller to headline what will be a fantastic front 7. If we have learned anything over the last half decade of Bill Synder’s return to coaching, it’s not to count the Wildcats out. The two biggest games of the season will be October 18th at Oklahoma, and December 6th at Baylor. If KSU can pull off one, or both of those games, they should be in good shape to finish near the top of the Big 12.
Check out our Kansas State Wildcats Season Preview History page for previews of previous Wildcats seasons.
Kansas State Wildcats Football at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium Address: 2201 Kimball Ave, Manhattan, Kansas, 66502
The Kansas State Wildcats play their home games at the Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium. Known as “The House That Bill Built”, the stadium holds a capacity crowd of 52,000. Between 1996 and 2000, KState would win 26 consecutive games at the stadium. Bill Snyder's influence is apparent at a Wildcats game, where although their success is relatively recent, there's no lack of tradition or honor evident at a game. The Kansas State Wildcats home bench is on the Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium sideline with sections 1-8. Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium parking information is covered in out Wildcats event guide.
Kansas State vs. Kansas
Known as the Sunflower Showdown (for obvious reasons), this game has happened every single year since 1911 – the third-longest uninterrupted series in college football history. K-State has proved to be the victor more often than not since the 90s, but the Wildcats still have some catching up to do to takeover the all-time series, as Kansas won 17 of the first 20 meetings between the two.
Kansas State vs. Iowa State
It’s “Farmageddon” when these two schools meet, and while Iow State has the all-time series advantage, it’s been the Bill Synder-led resurgence of Wildcat football that has K-State winning much more often these days. The 2012 contest between the two in Ames drew the biggest crowd in the history of Iowa State Cyclones football.
The rivalry between the Kansas State Wildcats and Texas Longhorns is one of the best in the Big 12. The Wildcats and Longhorns first met in 1913, but played only 4 times before the 1990’s. More so than maybe any other team in the Big 12, the Kansas State Wildcats have had the Longhorns number, winning 5 in a row against Texas from 2006-2012. Kansas State is known for cheering, “We own Texas,” and are currently one of only a small number of schools to have a winning record against the Longhorns.
Kansas State in the CFP Championship and Bowl Games
The Kansas State Wildcats play their home games in Manhattan. Manhattan, Kansas that is, and it certainly isn’t the most welcoming home for opponents. The Wildcats have been featured in more than 15 bowl games and have faired quite well once getting there. They can also add to an already imposing three Big 12 Conference Championships since 2003. Ticketcity offers tickets to all college football bowl games and the Big 12 Championship Game.
Kansas State Wildcats Event Guide
Does my child need a ticket to attend a KSU home football game?
Children under two years of age are allowed in the stadium without a ticket, but must sit on the lap of their parent during the game.
When do the gates open prior to a KSU home football game?
Gates open 2 hours prior to kickoff.
Where is the best place to eat in Manhattan before a Kansas State football game?
There are a few good places on the south side of campus, including Rock-A-Belly and The Chef – the latter of which is very much worth the wait you may encounter for breakfast.