When/where: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan.
By KELLIS ROBINETT
The Kansas City Star
TV/radio: Fox Sports 1; WHB (810 AM)
The series: K-State leads 1-0
The line: No line
Whats at stake
Change will be in the air Friday night. K-State will debut a newly renovated stadium, Jake Waters will take his first snap as the Wildcats starting quarterback and eight new starters will get their chance on defense. Its an important and exciting night for K-State football and its fans. The pressure will be on to play well, and start the 2013 season on a high note.
Cheers if ...
Waters can lead K-State to a touchdown on his opening drive. An early score will help him relax and be himself in his first Division I game. That will be important for the Wildcats, who hope to play from ahead against an opponent that can run the ball.
Jeers if ...
North Dakota State wins the time-of-possession battle. The Bison have two quality running backs and a senior quarterback who rarely makes mistakes. If they control the pace of the game, and keep things close at halftime, they will believe they can win their fourth straight game against a major Division I opponent.
Three things about North Dakota State
1 The Bison are kings of the NCAA Division I championship subdivision, formerly known as Division I-AA. It has won back-to-back national titles and enters the season ranked No. 1.
2 North Dakota State running backs Sam Ojuri and John Crockett both rushed for more than 1,000 yards last season.
3 North Dakota State returns six of its top seven tacklers from a defense that allowed 11.5 points and 234.5 yards a game last season.
K-States front four vs. North Dakota States running backs.
The Wildcats are starting four new players on their defensive line. Ryan Mueller, Chaquil Reed, Travis Britz and Marquel Bryant will need to win the line of scrimmage, and make it hard for North Dakota State to run the ball in order to make life easier on the rest of the defense.
Kellis Robinetts pick: Kansas State 33-21
The Wildcats showed North Dakota State respect this week, and are expecting a challenge in their first game. So an upset seems unlikely given K-States talent and depth advantage. But North Dakota State is too skilled to expect a blowout.
K-STATE (0-0, 0-0 Big 12)
|Friday||North Dakota State||7:30 p.m.|
|Sept. 7||Louisiana-Lafayette||5:30 p.m.|
|Sept. 14||Massachusetts||6 p.m.|
|Sept. 21||at Texas||TBA|
|Oct. 5||at Oklahoma State||TBA|
|Oct. 26||West Virginia||TBA|
|Nov. 2||Iowa State||TBA|
|Nov. 9||at Texas Tech||TBA|
|Nov. 30||at Kansas||TBA|
N.D. STATE (0-0, 0-0 Missouri Valley)
|Friday||at Kansas State||7:30 p.m.|
|Sept. 7||Ferris State||4 p.m.|
|Sept. 21||Delaware State||2:30 p.m.|
|Sept. 28||at South Dakota State||2 p.m.|
|Oct. 5||Northern Iowa||2:30 p.m.|
|Oct. 12||Missouri State||1 p.m.|
|Oct. 19||at Southern Illinois||2 p.m.|
|Oct. 26||at Indiana State||2 p.m.|
|Nov. 9||Illinois State||2:30 p.m.|
|Nov. 16||at Youngstown State||1 p.m.|
|Nov. 23||South Dakota||2:30 p.m.|
N.D. STATE OFFENSE
N.D. STATE DEFENSE