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KU, K-State's Sunflower Showdown set for primetime kickoff

First time in a decade
Skylar Thompson
Posted at 12:26 PM, Nov 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-11-15 16:28:00-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Sunflower Showdown football clash between Kansas State and Kansas will be played in primetime for the first time since 2010.

The Big 12 announced kickoff times for its Thanksgiving weekend games Monday with the Wildcats-Jayhawks rivalry set for a 7 p.m. kickoff on Saturday, Nov. 26, at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan.

This is the first time the Sunflower Showdown will be played under the lights since their 2010 matchup in Lawrence. It is also the first time the rivalry game will be played in primetime in Manhattan since at least 1989.

The No. 19 Wildcats (7-3, 5-2 Big 12) hope to continue their domination of the Jayhawks and extend their winning streak in the rivalry to 14 straight games.

A win also could propel K-State, which sits alone in second place in the conference standings, to the Big 12 Championship Game against TCU.

The fourth-ranked Horned Frogs (10-0, 7-0 Big 12) have clinched a berth in the title game. They beat the Wildcats 38-28 on Oct. 22 in Fort Worth.

K-State's upcoming showdown with KU ould present more of a test than the previous 13 matchups.

The Jayhawks (6-4, 3-4 Big 12) ended their 14-year bowl-eligibility drought and will play in college football's postseason for the first time since a 42-21 win against Minnesota in the 2008 Insight Bowl.