MANHATTAN, Kan. (SportingAlert) — No. 5 Auburn will get its first real test on Thursday night when the Tigers take on No. 20 Kansas State at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas.
Live coverage of the game will be on ESPN, with WatchESPN streaming it live online – the game time is 7:30 PM ET.
Auburn cruised to victory in its first two games of the season, after picking up a 59-13 win over San Jose State and beating Arkansas 45-21 at home in their openers.
However, Kansas State, who also won its two first games of the season, will offer a different kind of threat to the Tigers, who admit they must be cautious.
“They (K-State) have a lot of great receivers, and you can tell that they’re really disciplined as a team,” Auburn linebacker Kris Frost said on the team’s website.
“We’ve really compared them to ourselves as far as how disciplined they are and all the threats that they pose. We’re going to have our hands full, but we’ve prepared well, and we’re ready.”
The talk in the buildup is about the dual-threat quarterback, which involves Jake Waters of Kansas State, who leads the Wildcats in passing, and rushing and Auburn Nick Marshall, who is just as versatile.
“We’ve always been invested in it,” Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder said on his quarterback run game. “I think you always have to fit the needs and the capabilities of the young people you have in your program at that position or any other position.
“We’ve been blessed to have those `dual threat’ guys over a period of time and we like to have that. It’s the way the system works for us.
“It plays to our advantage when you are doing something that people haven’t seen over a period of time. That is the nature of football – what goes around comes around. It’s a little bit different than what we have seen.
“Every week we see parts of team’s offense that equates to Auburn’s and the next week we will see something else that equates to some facet of Auburn’s offense. We see all of it, but they have it all in one package.”
Kansas State head into Thursday night’s game fully confident that this team will be able to snap a run of six straight losses against Top 25 non-conference side.
Auburn will be without safety Jermaine Whitehead, who did not travel with the team to Manhattan on Wednesday, after a school spokesman told The Associated Press that the player violated team rules and will not play in Thursday’s game.
But start wide receiver Sammie Coates, who missed the last game due to an injury, is expected back in the lineup after recovering from a knee injury.