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Jayhawks, Wildcats won’t meet in final game of 2014 season

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at 11:57 a.m.

The Sunflower Showdown will be the last November Saturday of 2014, but it won’t be Kansas State’s final game next season.

The Big 12 released its 2014 schedule on Tuesday, and it includes the Wildcats making a trip to Baylor on Dec. 6, the final day of the regular season.

K-State and Kansas will end their current seasons on Nov. 30 when they meet in Lawrence. The change will help the Big 12 deliver compelling games when other conferences are playing championship games next season. TCU and Iowa State, will meet on the first weekend of December next season. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will be Nov. 29 or Dec. 6.

Other surprises in the 2014 schedule include a Thursday game for K-State. The Wildcats will travel to West Virginia for a mid-week game on Nov. 20.

Kansas will open its Big 12 slate next season on Sept. 27 against Texas. It will then travel to play West Virginia and return home to face Oklahoma State. A trip to Texas Tech comes after that, then a week off and another trip to Baylor. The schedule continues with home games against Iowa State and TCU and two road games at Oklahoma and Kansas State.

Kansas State’s conference slate will begin on Oct. 4 against Texas Tech, followed by two road games against Iowa State and Oklahoma. Texas and Oklahoma State will then visit Manhattan. Next up will be a road game at TCU and the Thursday clash at West Virginia. Its season will end with a home game against Kansas followed by a road game at Baylor.

The Wildcats’ 2014 schedule will also include home games against Stephen F. Austin and Auburn, but it is not finalized. They are still searching for a third nonconference game. Texas-San Antonio was scheduled to visit Manhattan, but bought its way out of the game.

Reach Kellis Robinett at krobinett@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @kellisrobinett.

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