Aug 30, 2013; Manhattan, KS, USA; A trombone player with the Kansas State Wildcats Pride of Wildcat Land Marching Band takes the field for pre-game ceremonies at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The Wildcats lost to the North Dakota State Bison, 24-21.Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

The Pregame: Kansas State Takes on UMass

VITALS

Time: 6 p.m.

TV: None (Webcast K-StateHD.tv)

Radio: 810 WHB

History: K-State leads the series 2-0

Weather: 79-degrees, mostly cloudy

MOTIVATIONAL VIDEO

THREE 2 WATCH

1. John Hubert

Hubert has nearly three-times more carries than Daniel Sams but has one fewer yard. He’s averaging just 2.8 yards per carry, and doesn’t see comfortable with where he is supposed to go with the ball. Kansas State needs him to get going in order to help out Jake Waters, should Waters remain the starter.

If this doesn’t get fixed soon then K-State’s offense becomes insanely predictable in conference season.

2. Defensive Front Seven

Of the Big 12 teams who have played at least two games, only West Virginia (4.8) and Texas (lol) are allowing more yards per carry on the ground than K-State. A 4.7 yards per carry mark isn’t deadly, per say, but it is not good when considering the rushing offenses of Oklahoma, Baylor, Oklahoma State, and, yes, Kansas. The Wildcats need to show improvement in that area Saturday night.

3. Jack Cantele

Cantele has kicked field goals of 27 and 29 yards this season. It’d be nice to see Cantele tested at least once from a long distance just to see what K-State has to work with heading into Big 12 play.

TAILGATE BEER

Sam Adams Boston Lager. A Massachusetts beer to toast the loss of a Massachusetts team.

UMASS

1. Bad Start

Aside from being o-2, the Minutemen rank 118th on offense and 119th on defense statistically. They are an all-around bad football team right now.

2. A.J. Doyle

The Minutemen have already made a quarterback change the season, switching to Doyle in the second half against Maine. Mike Wegzyn started the season, and accumulated a 45.8 completion percentage, a TD, 2 interceptions, and 212 yards on 48 attempts.

3. Alumni

Some famous people to come out of UMass include Bill Cosby, Julius Erving, , Jack Welch (former CEO of GE), and Richard Gere. So, there’s that.

K-S-U WILDCATS!

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