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The closing ceremonies for the yearlong 150th celebration take place on the Anderson Lawn yesterday afternoon. The event offered 150th merchandise for purchase, free t-shirts, “Wildcat Birthday 150” Call Hall ice cream, a display of the time capsule contents, an appearance by Willie and a performance by members of the marching band.

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Ice Hall unveiled, only used private donations Jon Parton staff writer e newest addition to the College of Human Ecology was formally unveiled yesterday afternoon to a crowd of nearly 100 people. School officials held a dedication for the Mary and Carl Ice Hall, a 20,000 square-foot building that will house a number of ongoing research projects. John Buckwalter, dean of the College of Human Ecology, led the ceremony. He explained to the crowd the usefulness of the new facility. “Today we take another step forward,” Buckwalter said. “e building ... will enhance our ability to provide solutions to a host of some of the world’s most pressing problems.”

K-State President Kirk Schulz also addressed the crowd, mentioning the dedicated work of the Ices and other donors in order to make the expansion possible. “Well, we really appreciate very, very much the generosity of the entire Ice family,” Schulz said. “ere’s several folks that we have at K-State, Carl and Mary, folks here in the crowd. When there’s something that we really need to help advance the university and move it forward, these are folks that we can sit down, make the case, and they’ll figure out a way to help us get to where we want to go today.” e college purchased the building in May through a combination of private funds and funding from the Ices. Mary Ice is a graduate of K-State

and holds a bachelor’s degree in home economics education and a master’s in adult and occupational education. Carl Ice graduated from K-State with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and serves on the KSU Foundation’s Board of Directors. e couple both serve on the KSU Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Jane Marshall, communications coordinator for the dean’s office, said the new expansion will provide much needed room for some of the college’s larger research projects, including the Department of Kinesiology’s NASA project and the Department of Human Nutrition’s Sensory Analysis Center. “e college has been looking for a way to expand its research facili-

ties,” Marshall said. “e [research] equipment is pretty big.” Much like last year’s five million dollar expansion at Justin Hall, Marshall said the funding of the building purchase did not draw from state or federal funds. “What’s unique about this building is that it’s all paid for with private donations,” Marshall said. “Every cent came from Mary and Carl and other private donors.” Although the laboratories and research spaces are still being set up, the building’s offices are open. e hallways are decorated with textiles from around the world, thanks to the Department of Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design.

ECOLOGY | pg. 6

Transgender students identify their present, future Jakki Thompson edge editor Editor's note: is is part three of a three part series sharing the stories of transitioning transgender students and their current stage of transition and where they are in their lives today.

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Adam O’Brien, senior in fine arts; Kara Baker, lab technician in plant pathology; and Taylor Suppes, sophomore in agricultural business. These are just three K-Staters who have begun the transition process; O’Brien and Suppes are female to male transgender students, and Baker is a transgender woman.

As people grow through different stages of their lives, they must continue to see and accept the change they are going through. For three current K-State students and one recent alumna, the change they saw was one they chose. These four transgender K-Staters all went through different phases of discovering who they are now. Before these people transitioned, they lived cisgender lives. Cisgender is when the way you present yourself on the outside reflects the sex one was given at birth. Will Harmon, junior in English, said he gets tired of people asking if this is just a phase for him or if he

is just doing it for attention. Even though he had to live the beginning portion of his life as a woman, he knew this was who he was supposed to be from the beginning. “In my head, I am a guy,” Harmon said. “Scientists have done this thing where your brain develops differently from the body in the womb. And there’s a male brain and a female brain. Some parts of the brain are larger than others. I am pretty certain I was born with a male brain. I don’t like the idea of being a girl. I don’t like being called a girl or young woman or have female pronouns used.” According to an Oct. 6 article in the Guardian by Mo Castandi, “Another sexual variation is found in a structure called the third interstitial nucleus of the anterior hypothalamus. The function of this tiny structure is unknown, but research from four different laboratories has repeatedly found that it is almost twice

TRANSGENDER | pg. 5

Panel of five alumnae tell how to find success in the workplace Ellen Ochampaugh staff writer Yesterday afternoon, the K-State College of Business Administration hosted “Successful Women of the Business College of Administration,” a panel of five distinguished alumnae of K-State discussing how they found success within their industries. e panel included Lois Cox, vice president for investment and chief investment officer of the KSU Foundation; Candace Duncan, area man-

aging partner for KPMG Peat Marwick Foundation; Tina Glover, chief financial officer for Family Member Veterinary Hospital; Joleen Moden, senior vice president of internal auditing for Verizon Communications; and Tammie Wahaus, chief financial officer for TVAX Biomedical Inc. To start, the panel’s host, Myranda Kimble, program associate for the College of Business’ professional advantage program, spoke with the panel about what success means to them. Duncan de-

scribed success as something students need to strive for on daily basis. “If over a length of time, you do a great job every single day, wow, when you look back 10 years later, or 20 years later, it is amazing what you have accomplished and the difference that you have made,” Duncan said. Another subject that the panel discussed was pivotal moments within their careers when the women most felt their success. Wahaus said she felt most successful when

peers that she worked with previously on projects would call her and recruit her to a new company, or project, years later. “I can’t tell you how flattering it was to be contacted by a former colleague of mine saying ‘We need you to come to GE, we know you can do it, we know you know nothing about the reinsurance business but we know what the rest of your skill set is, and you will learn the business. We need to acquire what you have, we need you to lead this

team,’” Wahaus said. A concern among today’s students might be ways to combat the everyday challenges within the business industry. Kymble asked the panel about challenges they had to overcome in their previous experiences. Duncan recalls a time when she worked in Washington D.C. “e biggest challenge I had was when I was asked to be the managing partner in Washington,” Duncan said. “It

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Huck Boyd Lecture illustrates 150 years of K-State recipies Victoria Crawford staff writer e 14th annual Huck Boyd Lecture took place yesterday afternoon in the K-State Alumni Center Ballroom. e Huck Boyd Lecture series was created to share the importance of community journalism. e A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications selects a different speaker each year. is year, Jane P. Marshall, instructor in hospitality management and dietetics and communications coordinator in the College of Human Ecology, spoke about her cookbook, “Teatime to Tailgates: 150 Years at the K-State Table.” “It took me a little more than two years,” Marshall said. “Like any journalist, I over-reported. I spent days researching Washington pie and I still didn’t find anything.” Many different recipes bring the cookbook together. Recipes range from steak to Mulberry pie. Her lecture focused on not only a good home cooked Kansas meal,

but how it came together, thanks to many different K-State alumni and members of the community. Doris Miller, Manhattan resident, had a personal tie to the cookbook: her grandmother’s buttermilk pie. According to Miller, her grandmother taught her how to sew and cook. “Listening to the lecture brought up a lot of memories of her,” Miller said. “She always said she made a mean buttermilk pie and it was quite delicious.” With all the contributors’ help, Marshall

LECTURE | pg. 6 Jed Barker | Collegian

Jane Marshall, speaker for yesterday’s Huck Boyd Lecture, chats with Steve Smethers, associate professor of journalism and mass communications, after her speech at the Alumni Center Ballroom. Jane Marshall was the author of the book “Teatime to Tailgates: 150 Years at the K-State Table.”

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Forty-five minute open period dominates Senate Mike Stanton managing editor The Student Senate convened in the K-State Student Union’s Big 12 Room last night for their weekly meeting and most of the evening’s input didn’t come from senators. A 45minute open period saw four speakers from various campus entities address the body. First was Kelli Ourada, a regional consultant for the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. Tri Sigma will be colonizing at K-State beginning in January, becoming the 14th Pan-Hellenic Council sorority on campus. According to Ourada, Tri Sigma will send representatives from their national headquarters and chapters from nearby universities to recruit potential new members in January. The colony will try to recruit to K-State’s average chapter size. Ourada also said that Tri Sigma is looking into housing options, but haven’t made any definite plans at this point. After Ourada, representatives from K-State’s Counseling Services presented on the online programs they offer. Among these, are programs designed to help students deal with academic anxiety and improve stress management. The department is also currently developing programs tailored to international and military students. All of the Counseling Services’ online programs are free of charge to students. Next, Adam Prough of K-State Athletics spoke. Prough discussed the department’s point system for entry into the home basketball game against Kansas. According to Prough, more than 5,000 students attended last year’s game, which was the largest total in nine years. To deal with the massive demand, the department organizes students into four tiers based on points earned through attending other basketball games, with the earliest entry given to those with the most points. This year, in addition to attending games, students will be able to earn points by donating their passes for use by a Fort Riley soldier at specified games. Prough also talked about tonight’s Madness in Manhattan basketball kickoff event, which will tentatively begin at 8:30 p.m., depending on when the Homecoming Parade concludes. Men’s basketball players will scrimmage and take part in events including a dunk contest and 3-point shootout. Prough also said that the “special unveiling” vaguely referred to in advertising for the event is a banner hanging ceremony. The final open period speaker was Bill Spiegel, K-State’s director of recycling, who spoke at length on recycling programs at

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K-State Wildcats set to face No. 1 Texas Longhorns David Embers staff writer K-State volleyball will be back in action Saturday evening as they welcome the Texas Longhorns to Ahearn Field House. e Wildcats are coming off a disappointing 3-1 loss to Baylor, and are searching for answers. K-State opened the season winning 12 of 13 games, but has struggled in conference play, going only 2-5. e Longhorns roll into Manhattan as the best team in the country, posting a record of 14-2 thus far, and going undefeated in Big 12 play. Texas has only dropped three sets in conference play, sweeping five of the eight Big 12 teams they have faced thus far. Jerritt Elliott, who enters his 13th season as head volleyball coach, leads the Longhorns. In his time in Austin, Texas, Elliot has amassed a record of 295-79, and helped guide Texas to the 2012 National Championship, where they defeated Oregon. e Longhorns are one of the most storied programs in NCAA history, and have continued that trend of late. Since 2006, Texas has finished ranked in the top 10 every season, and has made seven consecutive trips to the NCAA Regional finals. e Longhorns have also won five of the last six Big 12 Championships, settling for second in 2010. Statistically, Texas is in a class of it’s own. e Longhorns currently lead the Big 12 in team hitting percentage (.313), and opponent hitting percentage (.161). Both of those figures are very impressive, and highlight how dominant Texas has been since beginning Big 12 play.

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The K-State volleyball team huddles up during a timeout in its exhibition match against the Italian U-23 national team on Sept. 24. The Wildcats face the top-ranked Texas Longhorns on Saturday. N

VOLLEYBALL | pg. 6

It’s about time NBA changed Finals format to 2-2-1-1-1 quite some time, but now is the perfect time for the NBA to change. “It made sense to do it now,” NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver said, according to ESPN. “Events came together over many years, and it reached a crescendo. The basketball people thought it was important, and the business people stood down and said it was no longer necessary.” The original design for the 2-3-2 format was to make travel more convenient for members of the media as well as the teams. With the

John Zetmeir On Wednesday, every NBA team owner unanimously voted to change the NBA Finals format. For the past 29 years, the format that the NBA used for Finals was a 2-3-2. Controversy has surrounded the format for

way travel has evolved, it no longer makes sense for a team to have to stay on the road for eight days. This was the case for the road team if they are forced to play all three of the middle games. The reason the format was necessary at the time in the mid 1980s was because the frequentness of the Boston Celtics playing the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals. Cross country travel was not easy for any party in a short time span.

Women’s golf ends two week break, heads to Las Vegas Mark Vaca staff wirter K-State women’s golf will be back in action this weekend after a two week break following their ninth place finish at the Diane omason Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa. e Wildcats will now be traveling to Las Vegas for the Las Vegas Showdown at the Stallion Mountain Golf Course. e tournament is hosted by UNLV, and the course is

a par-72 layout that sprawls 6,230 yards. e tournament will be a three day event that starts on Sunday and ends on Tuesday, with a total of 17 teams competing. Senior Gianna Misenhelter and sophomore Scotland Preston will both be looking to improve on their team best 21st place finish in the last tournament, where they shot a 15-over par-231. After their first time seeing themselves atop the Wildcats squad, they will look to keep that pace

going. Junior Carly Ragains, who leads the team in overall lowest strokes and team average, will have to improve from last week to make some noise on the leaderboard. Last week was her first time this season not finishing in the top 20, and after a two week break she will be anxiously ready to get that sour taste out of her mouth. Freshman Katherine

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Spirituality doesn’t require a handbook to lead benevolent life

Johnnie Harvey Being a Christian is like being in high school. Christians are constantly bombarded with a set of rules that must be followed at all times. ere’s the senior class: the ones who wake up, sleep and shower with the Bible. ey are the model of living life correctly. Any deviation from this will lead to a one way slip-n-slide that will leave your favorite jeans singed. at’s too much pressure for me. e spiritual lifestyle is based on a collection of knowledge and finding your own way to a higher being. While Christianity leans heavily on the Bible, spirituality focuses on putting good out into the world. at’s it. No handbook required. rough this process spiritualists become well-rounded people, able to see other viewpoints and live a more benevolent life. By itself, Christianity is a wonderful religion; it’s based on positive morals and helping others. If all of its followers practiced it in this way the world would be a better place. Alas, we live in the world we do. Many Christians are conformed into these programmed robotic suits, spewing out arcane ideals and world views. ey often limit their faith, unwilling to relate to other people and their alternative values. Michele Bachmann, a self-proclaimed “holy warrior” and previous presidential candidate, had one of the highest suicide rates for gay teenagers in a school district in her constituency. Fred Phelps uses his Christian beliefs to tarnish the lives of celebrities and soldiers in order to gain national attention. Christian politicians fight to pass bills that are inquisitions without as much bloodshed. Many evangelicals look to specific parts of the Bible, namely Leviticus, to define how they will dictate the lives of those around them. For

instance, the Bible says man shall not lay with man. Why do so many people focus on this verse and not the rest? Like the part that says you can’t eat clams or wear mixed fabrics. I’m sure there are plenty of Christians who, through these arcane beliefs, have bought their plane ticket to the Carnival of Brimstone with these misdeeds. What many people choose to forget is that these “laws” were written for the time. Like a time when seafood wasn’t cleaned as thoroughly as we do today. Or a time when people could rock a polyester blend. So a book written for the time was created by a man who transcends time itself? Makes sense. Because of their inability to empathize, many evangelicals quarantine their lives from the LGBT community. Since they do not walk down the narrow path, they will not receive the love of God. A God who is defined as love embodied. e same style of thinking was used to oppress women, African-Americans, even Ellen DeGeneres. Spiritualists are more intrigued with their minds than who someone loves. Because it is not confined to right and wrong, spirituality embraces diversity rather than trampling it. “Standing in church on Sunday doesn’t make you anymore of a Christian than standing in a garage makes you a car,” Billy Sunday, American evangelist, said. Being a good person does not have a time limit. Christianity teaches to love thy neighbor, to treat others as you would want to be treated. And yet, many Christians believe since they attend church, recite all the right words, and shake all the right hands they can do whatever they wish with the rest of their time. Spirituality is a full-time gig; you constantly find ways to refine your beliefs and do good things, not just on Sundays. Question a Christian about their beliefs and prepare for Armageddon. If the book they stick inside of the noses of clouds gets even one rebuttal, they scamper back into a padded shell to recite verses and commune with a

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wrathful God. On the other hand, question a Spiritualist and be prepared for a good discussion. Since their faith is based on both life experience and research, they have viable

conversation to supply. People who decide to submissively follow the words of apathetic forefathers will immolate bridges to wonderful lands before they’re even built.

Christianity is primarily used to lead strict life, aiding only those who waddle in the same straight line. For anyone who is seeking to pursue their own way to a higher power, spiritu-

ality is waiting with open arms. Johnnie Harvey is a senior in journalism and mass communications. Please send comments to opinion@kstatecollegian.com.

You need a map to cross ocean; religion vital for spiritual fulfillment

Ian Huyett Famed Christian writer C.S. Lewis once gave a talk to the Royal Air Force. When Lewis began to speak about theology, a man in the audience stood up and objected. “I’ve no use for all that stuff,” the man said. “I know there’s a God. I’ve felt Him out alone in the desert at night: the tremendous mystery. And that’s just why I don’t believe all your neat little dogmas and formulas about Him.” Lewis responded in empathy. A direct experience of God, he conceded, is more real than a creed. Likewise, the Atlantic is more real than a map of the Atlantic. “But here comes the point,” said Lewis. “[e map] is based on what hundreds and thousands of people have found out by sailing the real Atlantic.” Today, nearly one in five Americans describe themselves as “spiritual but not religious.” ese Americans are not atheists: they’d like to get across the ocean. But they are committed to doing so without a map. Having perhaps been mislead by one flawed map in the past, they’ve apparently decided that maps themselves are oppressive. So while they may fleetingly experience the beauty of the Atlantic, they’re unlikely to make it to England in one piece. As Lewis indicated, a religion is an accumulated body of knowledge that has already faced for generations whatever issues a spiritual person might seek to resolve. If one is seeking a relationship with God, then, the rational course of action is to stand on the shoulders of giants by becoming religious. A spiritual person who does not become religious is like a scientist who ignores all the research already done in his field: he’ll be hard-pressed to make new discoveries if he refuses to build on the findings of others. So-called religious pluralists often argue that religion is invalid because it is influenced by the place in which one happens to be born. is argument shoots itself in the foot: if you had been born in Qatar, you would likely not be a religious pluralist. You might point out that, had I been born in India, my thinking could have lead me to become a Hindu. Although I am committed to the truth of Christianity, I freely admit that this is the case; I recognize

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that, as a metaphorical sailor, I would do better to start with false directions than to reject the concept of directions entirely. Sure enough, the data suggests that people who are spiritual but not religious don’t fare as well on their journey as those who are both. A January 2013 study in the British Journal of Psychiatry found that people who are spiritual but not

religious are more likely to suffer from any neurotic disorder, mixed anxiety/depressive disorders or depression than their religious counterparts. “People who have spiritual beliefs outside of the context of any organized religion are more likely to suffer from these maladies,” said Michael King, a professor at University College London, in a Jan. 19, 2013 CNN

article. e Christian apologist G.K. Chesterton, who played an important role in Lewis’ conversion, wrote that he admired those non-Christians who “long for the old feasts and formalities of the childhood of the world.” But there is something about these people, wrote Chesterton, that “suggests that it is just possible that they do not keep Christ-

mas … if this is so, let them be very certain of this, that they are the kind of people who in the time of the maypole would have thought the maypole vulgar.” If spirituality is important to you, I hope you’ll agree that our society is poorer for its lack of it. You should appreciate, then, that it is those people who are both religious and spiritual that have always kept spirituality

alive. Conversely, those who try to cross the Atlantic without a map are being lost at sea. If you insist on reinventing the wheel with open-ended abstractions, you’re unlikely to make it very far. Ian Huyett is a senior in political science and anthropology. Please send comments to opinion@kstatecollegian.com.


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Comic geek culture is whitewashed, lacks diversity

Brian Hampel The world of comics is undeniably, overwhelmingly white. “It can get boring, reading about the same guy over and over,” Joel Foster, Manhattan resident, said. “The heroes are all from basically the same background. You can probably find more aliens than minorities. Off the top of my head, the only minority I can even think of is Storm.” Looking at the best-selling comics in recent months, it is hard to find anyone who isn’t white. In the popular teams, X-Force has the Native American Forge, The Avengers have Falcon and the Justice League has Cyborg. Black Panther shows up during Marvel’s “Infinity” event, but hasn’t had his own series

in a few years. Miles Morales, successor to the late Peter Park as Ultimate Spider-Man, seems to be the only hero of Latino origin, and Jubilee, currently in Brian Wood���s all-female “X-Men,” is the only comic with a visible Asian hero. “I don’t cosplay, but if I did, there aren’t a lot of options for a black cosplayer,” Xavier Gavin, senior in interior architecture, said. “I’ve got Mace Windu and Lando from Star Wars, and basically no superheroes but Cyborg, one of the Green Lanterns and The Falcon, who is a third tier Avenger at most.” Gavin pointed to a commonly cited reason for the whitewashing in geek culture – a lot of popular titles and tropes are left over from days past. The most popular superheroes were popularized in the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s. “Star Trek” first aired during a time when it was groundbreaking to show an interracial kiss on TV. The first “Star Wars” came out in 1977, but the Golden Age space operas that inspired it rose to prominence during World War II.

“I don’t really need diversity to enjoy something, but I appreciate it when it’s there,” Gavin said. “But it only works if it’s done well. The character has to have some development besides their race.” Gavin said “The Dark Knight” did it well. He said Morgan Freeman was there because he has that authoritative sort of sage wisdom, and he can add something besides diversity. He said there was also a cop Ramirez, who isn’t a huge role, but she has a story arc and betrays Commissioner Gordon over a believable family issue. He also said “The Avengers” movie was mostly white, but it still had Samuel L. Jackson with his own arc of trying to bring the team together. Gavin said he is not there for his race so much as his “Samuel-L-Jackson-y-ness.” The lack of diversity does seem to be improving. The aforementioned Miles Morales, son of a African-American father and Latina mother, has shown readers a Spider-Man experience markedly different from that of Peter Parker. Right off the bat, we see Morales go

to a lottery for a chance to go to a charter school, a familiar sight to anyone who has seen the documentary “Waiting for Superman.” It gives a glimpse at Morales’ rougher, inner city background that didn’t always offer him a chance at a good education. Seeing Morales’ old neighborhood sink into chaos during the “Divided We Fall” storyline gave us a wider, darker glimpse. Of course, the introduction of a Spider-Man of color did spark controversy, and even attracted the attention of Lou Dobbs and Glenn Beck. It is easy to see why a race change attracted attention. Conservative commentators don’t like to see political correctness, and comic readers don’t like to see change of any sort, but the fans have warmed up to Morales. Other characters who have seen race changes transitioning to the big screen, like Kingpin in Daredevil, Heimdall in Thor and Nick Fury in all of the Marvel movies, based on the black Nick Fury in Marvel’s spinoff Ultimate comics, have generated fairly little controversy. Samuel L.

Jackson’s popularity has actually led to a bizarre race change in the mainstream Marvel comics – the white Nick Fury has been replaced by his long lost black son, also named Nick Fury. In the case of 2004’s “Catwoman” movie, controversy over casting Halle Berry would have been the least of the movie’s problems. Non-superhero comics, not bogged down by the long running continuities of Marvel and DC, have been more reflective of our diverse world. Recent titles like Chew, The Walking Dead and most anything published by Vertigo, all have reasonably diverse casts. Even 100 Bullets, a comic inspired by the classic ‘50s noirs, includes a good number of minority characters. “It’s getting better over time,” Gavin said. “As our generation grows up and starts creating our own properties, of course you’re not going to see these worlds entirely populated by white people. That’s just not the world we’re growing up with.” Brian Hampel is a senior in architecture. Please send comments to edge@kstatecollegian.com.

TRANSGENDER | Process of transitioning requires more than hormones Continued from page 1 as large in males than in females. It has also been linked to sexual orientation and gender identity. One study showed that it is more than twice as large in heterosexual males than in homosexual males, where it more closely resembles that of women; another found that it is smaller in male to female transsexuals and larger in female to male transsexuals.” Harmon has been in transition for two years now but has yet to get onto testosterone, a male hormone. He is still awaiting the approval from his health insurance to be able to schedule appointments with a gender therapist and an endocrinologist. He still binds his chest with elastic compression

garments to hide his breasts and smooth his hourglass shape. Adam O’Brien, senior in fine arts, has been in in transition for nearly four years. He has been on testosterone for two of those years and still binds. O’Brien lives as a stealth transgender man. Stealth is when he does not need to disclose that he is transgender, which means he blends into the societal expectation for men. Now that he is stealth, he runs into the conflict of choosing to disclose his transgender status. “Do I just want to go about living my life as I am and not disclosing this horrible idea of who I used to be?” O’Brien said. “Or do I disclose that I am transgender and have to discuss what it means and stuff

like that?” This can often be a conflict for transgender people. Taylor Suppes, sophomore in agricultural business, has yet to start hormones as well, but for different reasons than Harmon. For Suppes, it’s an internal conflict based on talking to other transgender men who have started testosterone. “Getting on hormones affects other people much more dramatically than they can deal with,” Suppes said. “Once you start hormones, there isn’t a way back. You’re on that path and that’s what you’ve chosen. I struggle with whether or not that is a path I want for myself or not. I pass pretty well as it is, so why should I do that to myself?” Suppes doesn’t know if he wants top surgery, the reduc-

tion and removal of all breast tissue, or to get on hormones first. “I know I’m male, but I shouldn’t have to go through all of this stuff to be male,” Suppes said. “I feel like I should have been born male. I wish I didn’t have to deal with all of the drama that goes with it.” Kara Baker, lab technician in plant pathology, has been on hormones for some time now. Unlike Harmon, O’Brien and Suppes though, Baker is a female to male transgender person. She has to take estrogen, a female hormone, and antiandrogen, a testosterone blocker. Baker’s breasts will fill in by taking the estrogen. She has been working with laser technicians to get her facial hair

removed. Baker, Harmon and O’Brien have all legally changed their names. Suppes hasn’t. Now that Suppes has been referred to with masculine pronouns, he feels more comfortable staying with his gender neutral birth name, Taylor. Transitioning for all four of these students was a unique experience. For any transgender person, they will experience something different from these four. Some transitions may be easier, some may be more difficult. Suppes said it’s hard to transition in a town when people aren’t out, especially when there doesn’t seem like there is a voice for the transgender community. “Even if there was slight education in middle schools or high schools, it could save

so many lives,” Suppes said. “If there was support, education or knowing of someone else out there like you, people wouldn’t have to go through this alone.” All four of these students had to do research and look for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community here at K-State – the transgender community being the smallest part of that. “I want to be an educator that helps bring visibility to the trans-community,” O’Brien said. “It’s hard to find someone in your local community, there, who you can talk to face to face about something like being transgender. When I move to a bigger city, I want to be that person that a young trans-person can go to help guide them.”


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VOLLEYBALL | Longhorns will be tallest team Wildcats face all season Continued from page 3 Freshman middle blocker Chiaka Ogbogu leads the conference in hitting percentage, with an absurd .461 mark. She is joined by senior outside hitter Bailey Webster, who averages 4.08 kills per set, which is good for first in the conference. Defensively, Texas will be the tallest team K-State will face all year. e Longhorns have seven players that are 6-foot-1inch or taller. Texas works the

net well, forcing opposing hitters to play nearly perfect to put away a point. e Longhorns average 2.58 blocks per set as a team. While that number isn’t amazing, it does speak volumes to how great UT’s back row is. With such a low opponent hitting percentage, and not a ton of blocks from the front line, the defensive specialists for Texas have to be great. So far this season, they have been. Libero Sarah Palmer averages over 3.5 digs per set, and is one of four seniors currently on the

roster for Texas. e Wildcats will look to get back to the basics as they try and bounce back from a tough loss in Waco. Head coach Suzie Fritz preaches defense, balance and the elimination of unforced errors. rough seven conference games, K-State’s defense has been near the top of the Big 12. Unfortunately, the offense has struggled to find a rhythm. Middle blocker Kaitlynn Pelger has done all she can in leading the Wildcats. e senior is currently second

in the Big 12 in points per set (4.33), and is one of only a handful of middle blockers in the country that plays the entire rotation. If the Wildcats want to pull of the monumental upset, it would take a career night from Pelger. Senior outside hitter Dakota Kaufman has seen a jump in her number since being moved to the right side before the Texas Tech game. e adjustment, according to Fritz, was to spark Kaufman’s game and hopefully provide more balance to an of-

fense that had been struggling mightily. While the change worked wonders against the Red Raiders, it didn’t seem to have the same effects against Baylor. Look for Fritz to continue shuffling things on the front line in hopes of finding a lineup that can play terminally and put points away. e Wildcat defense is keeping K-State in games, and giving them chances to win, but the offense just hasn’t been able to muster up any kind of momentum. If K-State wants

to win on Saturday night, they have to find the aggressive, fundamental game they employed early in the season. While the task is large, and the deck is stacked against the Wildcats, sports have a funny way of always leveling the playing field. It won’t be easy, but a win at home against the No. 1 team in the country is not impossible. If K-State can pull off the upset, they could jump-start their season and make a push towards a NCAA tournament bid.

NBA | Change in NBA Finals format means league is showing progress Continued from page 3 e change will take immediate effect and will be seen for the first time in the 2014 NBA Finals. e higher seeded team will have home court for the games 1, 2, 5 and 7. is is the right move for the NBA going forward. e team that was originally awarded home court advantage played the first two and final two games at home. e

setup benefited the team that was not initially given home court advantage because if they could win one of the first two games on the road, they were perfectly set up to finish the series at home. It still proved tough for a team to win all three middle games. Only one time in the history of the 2-3-2 format did a team win all three home games in a series that went six games or more.

Last season, was another prime example of how the format showed little benefit for either team. e San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat went back in forth for the first six games of the series. e Heat were able to capture games 6 and 7 at home after winning Game 6 in dramatic fashion. Once the Spurs squandered away their chance to win the NBA Championship in Game 6,

history was against them. e last road team to win the NBA Finals in a Game 7 scenario was the 1978 Washington Bullets. Home teams are 6-0 in the game seven of the NBA Finals since 1978. “ere’s been a sense among our teams that in a 2-2 series, it’s not fair for a team with the better record to be away [for Game 5],” NBA Commissioner David Stern said after the league’s board of

governors annual preseason meeting according to ESPN. “It’s not fair for the better team in terms of record to spend as many as eight days away from home.” What happened to the Spurs last season was very similar to the Celtics in 2010. For a team to be able to take a 3-2 lead and then play the last two games on the road is not an easy task. e NBA lagged behind

when it came to changing their finals formatting. Both Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League have already been using the 2-2-1-1-1 format for quite some time. Better late than never, but the NBA should have been able to make this much sooner than 2014. John Zetmeir is a junior in mass communications. Please send comments to sports@kstatecollegian.com.

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Continued from page 3 Gravel-Coursol will look to keep improving in her freshman campaign. She had her lowest finish of the season last tournament, but will look to bounce back this tournament. Junior Olivia Eliasson will also

be competing in the tournament. “e more players we get competing for the scoring lineup, the stronger we will be as a team,” head coach Kristi Knight said according to a K-State press release. Wildcats will be the only

Big 12 team representing the tournament. Former Big 12 team Missouri will also be in the tournament. e tournament field will not be unfamiliar opponents. Of the 17 teams in the tournament, they have gone head to head with nine of them.

SENATE | 108,000 pounds recycled Continued from page 1 the university. Spiegel spearheaded the effort to consolidate separate recycling bins into “one-stop drop” bins, which accept all recyclable material. According to Spiegel, the university recycled 108,000 pounds of material during the month of September, which he described as “a very, very good month.”

After the open period, the Senate approved allocations to the Egyptian Students Association, Engineers Without Borders, Gamma Theta Upsilon, the Architectural Engineering Institute, and the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. An amendment to SGA’s statutes concerning the Student Activity Fee Funding Regulations was also introduced

and was referred back to the Senate Operations Committee for action next week. The Senate will reassemble next Thursday, on Halloween, at 7 p.m. Speaker of the House Kyle Nuss announced that, while wearing costumes to the meeting is technically allowed, Senators who do so will be the subject of a “very, very dirty look” from him upon arrival.

SUCCESS | Learn second language Continued from page 1 was a very large office of 200 partners, and a lot of people could have been selected. When I was asked to take that on, I went into it, 110 percent going into the door. I was new to this group of individuals, they had never had a female managing partner; they knew I was from Kansas and someone asked me if I was going to click my ruby slippers and said ‘if I need to!’” Another challenge that was brought up by the panel was the challenging work environment. “One of the challenges we had [is] what I am going to refer to as the ‘toxic CEO,’” Moden said. “Somedays he was wonderful and you would say ‘I will follow you anywhere.’ Other days, you said ‘I think I’d like to shoot you!’ ... and I quit from that company two or three times.” Moden went on to explain that ultimately the company

brought in a new CEO and started improving overall. When the panel was asked about ways to differentiate personal within the workplace, Duncan responded with a story explaining that one of her mentors once told her to “take your differences and let them distinguish you, people will remember you because of your differences.” e panel also stressed the importance of building diverse teams within the workplace that can look at problem solving techniques with unique viewpoints. “ere is nothing worse than having across the table from you, a female CEO, a CFO from Asia, maybe there is a white male or two, but your whole team is five white males,” Duncan said. “We really think about that and it has truly made a difference, so take your differences and embrace them.” Mackenzie Lutz, sophomore

in business administration management and marketing, said that she really learned a lot from the panel. “After this afternoon, when I start my career, I plan on really stepping out of my box, and taking opportunities that come my way,” Lutz said. “I am going to take risks and set myself out from others, I will accomplish things that others may not want to do.” During the concluding remarks, the panel stressed the importance of learning a second language, studying abroad and developing a strong relationship with an executive mentor. “One way to start networking is to get involved with the executive mentor program now, if you aren’t already,” Cox said. “I think that is an excellent initiative that we have started here, and that is one way to start, in addition to networking with other students and professors.”

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Continued from page 1 said she was pleased with her end result. Unlike other cookbooks it has ties to the university, using alumni input and recipes to share with the rest of the K-State family. Marshall also had help from the archives of Hale Library and the Riley County Historical Society. rough her interaction with the people of the library and historical society, Marshall discovered some new and odd

recipes, such as grasshopper, cookies that use roasted grasshoppers in them. She eventually changed the name to “chocolate chirper cookies” and left out the roasted grasshoppers. “Food touches people’s lives, just as a newspaper does,” Marshall said. According to Marshall, there are many different parts that go into a pie. Just like a newspaper, a recipe is used to put together something that will draw readers into it.

“Sometimes it’s not the food we cherish, but the bonds and memories that food represents,” Marshall writes in her first chapter. Sara Soph, freshman in public relations, was surprised to see some dining center recipes in the cookbook. “She had the Kansas Dirt recipe that they serve in the Derb,” Soph said. “I really wanted to buy the cookbook because that stuff is really good.”

ECOLOGY | Ices made difference Continued from page 1 Buckwalter said that every department within the college would have some representation in the new building. “It’s just a boon, just as far as being able to have research space for them to put their projects in,” Buckwalter said.

Mary said the purchase of the building was not planned, but seen as an opportunity in spring of this year when it became available. “We’ve been supportive of K-State because we feel good about the leadership here and we feel that the college

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Members of the International Coordinating Council pose in the K-Satte Courtyard. The ICC acts as a liason for internatinoal students attempting to integrate within K-State and American culture.

Maria Betzold staff writer Before 1999, the International Coordinating Council was the organization that all international student organizations went through to receive funding. e funds were allocated to the ICC by the Student Governing Association, the ICC essentially playing middle man to the international student organizations. Nowadays, the ICC is no longer a part of the allocation process. It has taken on a new campus role, holding to the purpose of helping integrate international students into the

culture of, and promote diversity on, campus. Not a lot of history has been recorded about this particular group. Maria Beebe, associate director of international programs, was the adviser for the group in 1999. Beebe said she was in charge of helping the group get through the time where the student organizations no longer went through ICC for funding. Currently, ICC does not have a faculty adviser. “When I started, one of my jobs was to get this group running again,� Beebe said. During the fall semester, ICC sponsors events like International Championships and the

International Food Festival. In the spring, ICC is involved with planning International Week and the events corresponding to it. Beebe said the group’s goal is to highlight and promote K-State as a diverse campus. “Students who are involved with ICC or any of their events will be encouraged to study abroad,â€? Beebe said. â€œî€ąey are motivated to learn about the culture and language, because they have met international students.â€? Yichao Zhang, president of ICC and junior in chemical engineering, said ICC oers the opportunity to get familiar with the international community

before studying abroad. “One of our objectives is to promote diversity on the KSU campus,â€? Zhang said.â€?[Students] can get involved with us before studying abroad.â€? Zhang said ICC helps her feel like she is at home at K-State, because it oers a comforting environment. “ICC makes me feel like I’m at a second home when I’m not at home [in China],â€? Zhang said. Zach Bomberger, treasurer of ICC and sophomore in secondary education and international studies, said ICC gives him a chance to create a home for international students while they are studying in America.

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Adam Suderman Conference championships aren’t commonplace for Baylor football; they’ve never won a Big 12 title. In fact, Baylor hasn’t won a conference championship by itself since 1980. ey shared the Southwest Conference title with Texas in 1994. Where did the tides turn recently? Look no further than the hiring of head coach Art Briles prior to the 2008 season. What Briles has brought to the Bears is nothing short of staggering and its a move that I believe will lead Baylor to its first ever Big 12 championship this season. Where did this recent success story begin? Look back to Nov. 17 of last year. Little was going right for Baylor heading into last season’s game against K-State. e Bears had a 4-5 overall record with a 1-5 record in conference play. e skill was there, the coaching staff was there and the schemes were in place. Unfortunately for K-State, the Wildcats not only lost their perfect season against the Bears, but they witnessed the awakening of a sleeping giant. Since that mid-November evening, the Bears have scored at least 40 points in nine of their 10 games played. To make matters even more impressive, they’ve scored at least 40 points in 27 of their 32 games played since the 2011 season. Arguably no team closed last season and went into this season with as much momentum as Baylor. Even though they finished with just a 7-5 record, it felt as if they were the talk of the town. Not only because they won their final four games, but because of the weapons they had returning. I was skeptical that the Bears would be able to maintain their offensive firepower from one season to the next. Man, was I ever wrong. ey turned to quarterback Bryce Petty to lead their offense, making Petty their third starting quarterback in three years. After successful seasons from Robert Griffin III in 2011 and Nick Florence last season, few thought Petty could contribute at the level of his predecessors. But the season numbers the junior is putting up are likely going to pass those of Griffin and

Florence. rough six games, the junior has thrown for 2,023 yards and also assisted the Bears to a No. 1 ranking in total offense. Baylor even sits ahead of the vaunted Oregon Ducks with 714.3 yards per game. Although the numbers haven’t come against the most difficult group of defenses that includes Wofford, Buffalo and Louisiana Monroe, it still takes a very talented team to even come close to putting up numbers of that magnitude. Unlike K-State, Baylor’s schedule is definitely back heavy. e Bears still have to play Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Texas. Two of those four games will be on the road or a neutral field. Of those four games, the toughest games easily fall against the Sooners and the Longhorns. Oklahoma does possess the defensive talent to slow down Baylor to a degree, but the offensive firepower doesn’t exist to outscore the Bears. Texas Tech’s dream of a season is still surprising to me and similar to Baylor, they also play a back heavy schedule. e Red Raiders simply cannot compete in the realm of Oklahoma, Baylor and Texas. Although talented, nothing they do will be a surprise. With two freshman quarterbacks, it’ll make matters even more difficult for Kliff Kingsbury and company. After a few years of mediocre football for the Texas faithful, it appears Texas has begun to rediscover its swagger. Will they be able to hold the momentum against the Bears? I don’t think so. If the Longhorns thought BYU was capable offensively, they won’t like what they see on Dec. 7. Even if the teams remaining on the Baylor’s schedule hold the Bears underneath their scoring average of 64.6 points, they simply don’t have offense that can go toe-to-toe with their high octane counterparts from Waco, Texas. On the first Saturday of December, it’ll feel like 1980 all over again for the Baylor faithful. Adam Suderman is a senior in mass communications. Please send all comments to sports@kstatecollegian. com.

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Why the Texas Tech Red Raiders will win the 2013 Big 12 title

Sean Frye As the 2013 college football season enters its second half, only three teams in the conference are undefeated in Big 12 play. ey are the Baylor Bears, Texas Longhorns and Texas Tech Red Raiders. While the Bears and Longhorns have certainly played well in the early goings – particularly Texas with their blowout win over the Oklahoma Sooners – there’s one team that should inevitably pull ahead from the pack and represent the Big 12 in the BCS. And that’s Texas Tech. New head coach Kliff Kingsbury has brought a breath of fresh air into the Red Raider program in Lubbock, Texas. His quarterbacks, walk-on Baker Mayfield and Davis Webb — both freshman — have combined to lead the nation’s second most prolific passing attack. What’s even more impressive though is that the Red Raiders’ defense, which ranked 38th in total defense last year, has improved to 30th in total defense in 2013 despite facing tougher competition. Texas Tech also allows just 18.7 points per game, the 16th-fewest in the country. e Red Raiders are currently ranked No. 10 in the BCS standings and are one of the biggest surprises in college football. In fact, Texas Tech was picked seventh in the preseason Big 12 poll and was one of just four teams in the league to not receive a first place vote. Even K-State and TCU, two of the bottom-feeders in the Big 12, received first-place votes. e star of the Red Raiders has undoubtedly been tight end Jace Amaro, who was

voted to the preseason All-Big 12 team. He leads the team in receptions and receiving yards with 56 and 742 respectively. at’s been huge for Texas Tech, a team that has been forced to start two freshman quarterbacks due to injuries. What makes the Red Raiders the favorites to win the Big 12 though is their schedule in the second half of the season. Texas Tech has just five games left after starting the season 7-0. ey have two home games against Oklahoma State and K-State, while they hit the road to face Oklahoma, Baylor and Texas. Texas Tech has already won three games on the road, including their season opener against SMU where Mayfield is believed to have become the first walk-on true freshman to start a game. e Red Raiders won that game 41-23. e Red Raiders also have wins against the Kansas Jayhawks and West Virginia Mountaineers on the road this season as well. e team also has some advantages in their last two games, both away from Lubbock. On Nov. 16, the Red Raiders face Baylor in Arlington, Texas, a neutral site game. at means Texas Tech doesn’t have to face a hostile crowd. en to finish off the year, Texas Tech gets two weeks to prepare for the Texas Longhorns as they have a bye week before their Nov. 30 showdown. Finally, two of the three remaining unbeaten teams face off in the final week of the season when Texas and Baylor go at it on Dec. 7 in Waco, Texas. So if nothing else, these two teams will knock one or the other out of contention. e Red Raiders have hovered around greatness for a few years. With Kingsbury’s arrival though, Texas Tech finally has that “it factor” that will lead it to a Big 12 title. Sean Frye Is a senior in electronic journalism. Please send all comments to sports@kstatecollegian.com.

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POWERCAT PROFILE

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Kyle Klein is emerging as a reliable receiving threat this season. With wide receivers Tyler Lockett and Tramaine Thompson out with injuries, Klein stepped in to fill the void.

John Zetmeir assistant sports editor As quarterback Collin Klein lead the Wildcats to two consecutive double-digit winning seasons including a Big 12 championship in 2012, Klein became a prominent name at K-State. Collin, however, was not and is not the only Klein here. Kyle Klein has been accustomed to being referred to as “Collin Klein’s little brother.” “I’ve been getting that ‘Collin Klein’s little brother’ thing for probably a solid six years now,” Klein said. It is not something that the younger of the Klein brothers takes personally. He said is proud of what Collin did in a K-State uniform and has no

problem being called Collin’s little brother. “If Collin was known for something that was bad, I might mind it, but as it is it’s for all the good stuff that he did. So I don’t mind being associated with that at all,” Klein said. Klein knew that he wanted to play big-time division-one football during his days at Loveland High School in Loveland, Colo. As a jack-of-alltrades, Klein played many different positions for Loveland and was recruited as an athlete according to rivals.com. Stanford, UCLA and Miami were some of the other top schools on Klein’s list. e difference was that they were only offering the Colorado native a preferred walk-on opportunity. Meaning Klein would have the

opportunity to play football but he would not be on scholarship. When K-State offered Klein a shot, his mind was made up. “I was just looking around for the best fit between football and school that would allow me to do that and K-State really won that race in both categories and having my brother here was definitely a huge plus for me,” Klein said. Another factor that played into Klein’s decision was the return of head coach Bill Snyder. After a brief three year retirement, Snyder returned as head coach in 2009, one season before Klein would come to K-State. “Obviously everyone and their mother knows about Bill Snyder,” Klein said. “It was really exciting to have the op-

portunity to play for a legend.” Coming into this season, Klein faced one of his toughest challenges at fall camp working with new receivers coach Andre Coleman. Klein found himself pushed to new limits, but was happy for it, knowing that he needed to improve for this season. Now, as a redshirt sophomore, Klein is beginning to see his name called more and more. Over the past two games, wide receivers Tyler Lockett and Tramaine ompson have been sidelined with injury, which has allowed Klein to get more playing time. “I’ve always appreciated Kyle. He’s a hard worker, when he wasn’t playing he still worked extremely hard,” Snyder said. “He’s truly focused

on what he’s doing. He’s a good teammate, he does anything and everything the right way and is always willing to learn more and he’s one of those young guys that tries diligently to improve his play day in and day out and consequently he does and I think we’ve all seen him improve his play over the period of time that he’s been here.” Against Oklahoma State, Klein showed that he is fully capable of taking on the role as an option for the Wildcats offense when he made three catches for 34 yards. Klein represents a big target for whoever is in at quarterback. In the following week against Baylor, Klein caught one pass for 13 yards. In his first two seasons as a Wildcat, Klein saw K-State go

21-5. is season, the Wildcats have struggled as they have fallen to a 2-4 record and have yet to be on the winning side in Big 12 play. Despite the early struggles, Klein believes that his team is improving. “It has been on the team’s mind because we do have to win four of the next six games to see a bowl game,” Klein said. “at is something that we obviously all want to do. I think the rally cry is just getting better. Every week we have gotten a little bit better and made improvements, so I think as a team we are really close to getting traction and moving forward. Hopefully after the bye week we will be able to start back strong against West Virginia and gain momentum for the second half of the season.”


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Analyzing West Virginia: Taking a deeper look at the Mountaineers

By the numbers

Emily DeShazer | The Collegian

K-State junior wide receiver Curry Sexton catches a pass from junior quarterback Jake Waters on Aug. 7 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. courtesy photo

West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett will likely start against the K-State Wildcats on Saturday. Trickett’s first start was in the Mountaineers’ upset win over Oklahoma State on Sept. 28.

Adam Suderman staff writer The roller coaster ride that is West Virginia football has continued throughout the first half of the season. Since their arrival to the Big 12 last year, the Mountaineers have accumulated a 10-11 record. While the numbers may appear sub-par, a few bright spots exist for the folks in Morgantown, W.Va. West Virginia beat two ranked teams last season in Baylor and Texas while also beating No. 19 Oklahoma State earlier this season. The Mountaineer offense has been far from proficient. In terms of total offense as well as rushing and passing offense, their highest ranking comes with through their passing attack. Nationally, the unit is the 55th best at 246.6 yards per game. As a whole, the offense ranks 77th with 399.1 yards on average. Now sitting at a 3-4 record, overall consistency circles around one position. Three quarterbacks have taken the field for West Virginia. Junior Paul Millard started the season at the helm of the Mountaineer offense, but was benched after struggling mightily against Oklahoma in favor of redshirt freshman Ford Childress. Just as Childress was getting comfortable in the Mountaineer offense, however, a torn pectoral knocked him out of contention for the job. In need of an answer, head coach Dana Holgorsen hoped the old adage of “third time is the charm” would come true with junior Clint Trickett. The Florida State transfer has remained the starter since the victory over the Oklahoma State earlier this season. Although he has kept the job through three games, Trickett has completed under 50 percent of his passes and

has thrown as many interceptions as touchdowns. Standing alongside Trickett are the most dependable components of the Mountaineer offense. Senior Charles Sims has taken the primary load at running back for West Virginia. This is the first season Sims has played in Morgantown. His previous three seasons were spent at the University of Houston playing with current Houston Texan quarterback Case Keenum. Holgersen plays to Sims’ strengths both in the running game and in the passing game. The senior has tallied over 200 receiving yards while also rushing for 557 yards and four touchdowns. Throughout his career, he has tallied just over 1,900 receiving yards and 2,000 rushing yards. Sims has been complemented by Wichita native and junior running back Dreamius Smith. Smith, a product of Wichita Heights High School and Butler County Community College, has tallied 371 rushing yards on 73 carries since transitioning to the Division 1 level this year. The receiving corps has been a deep committee through seven games. After having a talented duo in Tavon Austin and Steadman Bailey for several seasons, Holgorsen and company have been forced to find a new group of receivers to step up to the forefront of the offense. Four different receivers have accumulated at least 200 receiving yards this season. Leading the charge for the Mountaineer receiving unit are redshirt sophomore Ronald Carswell, junior Kevin White and freshman Daikiel Shorts. Carswell has the least amount of catches of the trio with 17, but he leads them in receiving yards with 348

for the season. White sits in second with 22 catches for 321 yards while Shorts has 28 catches for 296 yards. As hard as it has been to get a feel for the Mountaineers offensively, it has been as difficult- if not harder- to find the feel for the defense. While the offense was shut out earlier this season by Maryland, the performance they have wanted to forget came defensively against the high-powered Baylor Bears. The offensive numbers that Baylor put up are nothing short of staggering. Against the Bears, the Mountaineers gave up 864 total yards. The yardage is the most given up within the 19-year history of the Big 12 Conference. Outside of these performances, the Mountaineer defense has maintained better than average numbers in the remaining games played thus far. The statistical strength of this defense comes from the linebackers and defensive backs. Junior linebacker Jared Barber is the team’s leading tackler with 50 tackles. To make matters more impressive, Barber has only started four of the seven games this season. Falling just behind Barber is senior safety Darwin Cook. Of his 47 tackles this season, 41 of the stops have been solo tackles. In order to defeat K-State on Saturday, the Mountaineers will rely heavily on their ability to create turnovers; coming into Saturday they rank 14th in the nation for most turnovers forced. Of their 17 turnovers gained, nine are fumbles and eight are interceptions. K-State has struggled holding the ball late in the game. The Mountaineers will look to do more of the same on Saturday.

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23 e combined number of new starters between K-State and West Virginia It will be a youth movement in Manhattan. e question is whether the Wildcats or Mountaineers will be the ones to grow up and grab a win.

0 e number of times West Virginia has visited Manhattan e Mountaineers have the opportunity to even the all-time series against K-State. K-State currently leads 2-1.

30 e amount of points per game K-State scores and West Virginia gives up e Wildcats are undefeated this season when scoring 30 or more points. e Mountaineers will have to put up a strong defensive effort to win this game.

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e amount of wins for West Virginia since 2003 while claiming the turnover battle in the ballgame e Mountaineers only lost nine times when they win the turnover battle in that same amount of time. K-State must protect the ball and force turnovers if they want to have a good chance a winning.

522 e amount of rushing yards sophomore quarterback Daniel Sams has this season. Sams has rushed for more yards than any other Wildcat this year. West Virginia needs to keep him in check defensively if they want to have a shot at winning.

41 e amount of points K-State defeated West Virginia by last season. K-State thoroughly dominated and led 31-7 at halftime. Collin Klein had one of his best performances, completing 19 of 21 passes for 323 yards. He had seven total touchdowns in that game.

e last time West Virginia defeated K-State in football at was the only victory that the Mountaineers have ever had over the Wildcats.

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Heisman Watch Week 9: Bryce Petty gaining ground Corbin McGuire staff writer Week 8 of college football finally provided some serious movement and separation in the Heisman watch. ree players’ Heisman campaigns were hurt or plain ruined with losses at home — looking at you Teddy Bridgewater and Tajh Boyd — and one player may have given himself an early edge heading into the tail end of the season. 1. Jameis Winston (QB, Florida State) Winston surpassed any serious expectations for a redshirt freshman going into Death Valley for a highly anticipated Heisman dual with Clemson’s Boyd. Winston threw for 444 yards, completing 22-of-34 passes for three touchdowns in the Seminoles’ 51-14 dismantling of the Tigers. Winston proved he could win on the biggest stage against a top Heisman contender, and lucky for him the Seminoles’ remaining schedule lacks many serious threats to their undefeated record and No. 2 BCS ranking. A matchup with No. 7 Miami on Nov. 2 and a regular season finale on the road against Florida are the only legitimate threats, but if Winston and the Seminoles continue to play at a level that they did against Clemson, an undefeated season shouldn’t be too hard to obtain. Oh, and Winston could make it back-to-back years for a freshman to win a Heisman as well. 2. Marcus Mariota (QB, Oregon) Mariota and the Ducks broke the 60point barrier last week against Wash-

ington State – a 62-38 win – for the first time since their opening game against Nicholls State. Granted, they scored 55 or more in four of the five games between those two games, to put them at No. 2 in the NCAA in scoring at 57.6 per game. e Ducks and Mariota have been here before, on the verge of making serious cases for national championship and Heisman considerations, but have historically tripped up on the way into a consolation BCS bowl. Last year, Stanford ruined the Ducks’ undefeated season. e Cardinals will have a chance to repeat the role as a spoiler at home on a ursday, Nov. 7 game on ESPN. e Ducks can’t afford to look ahead, however, with No. 12 UCLA coming to Eugene, Ore. Saturday. 3. Bryce Petty (QB, Baylor) K-State found a way to slow down Baylor in Manhattan, for the most part, but Petty and the Bears bounced back to a normal offensive output last week. Normal for Baylor, that is, as the Bears overwhelmed Iowa State 71-7. Petty still leads the NCAA’s top ranked offense in terms of points per game (64.7) and the No. 3 offense in terms of passing yards per game (414). Petty gets a chance to show he can perform at a high level on the road Saturday against Kansas, followed up with back-to-back home games against No. 15 Oklahoma and No. 10 Texas Tech. Every game Baylor continues at this pace is another step for Petty towards a Heisman invitation. 4. AJ McCarron (QB, Alabama)

McCarron might not lead the NCAA in any statistical category, and Alabama might not run the most exciting offense in the country, but the senior quarterback just keeps performing at a highly-efficient level. He completed 15of-21 pass attempts for 180 yards and three touchdowns in the Tide’s 52-0 win against Arkansas. On the season, McCarron has completed 69 percent of his passes, accumulated a QB rating of 164.6 and has a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 4.66-to-1. McCarron may need a few players in front of him to lose to have a legitimate shot at winning the Heisman, but so long as the Tide remain undefeated, he’ll remain in the discussion. 5. Johnny Manziel (QB, Texas A&M) I haven’t given up on “Johnny Football” quite yet even after the Aggies’ 45-41 home loss to Auburn. Manziel fought through a shoulder injury on his throwing arm late in the game against the Tigers, giving the Aggies a 41-38 lead on a 1-yard run with five minutes left in the game. In the end, Manziel suffered from a struggling Aggies’ defense that gave up more than 615 yards of total offense – 379 of the yards coming from the rushing attack. Manziel survived two losses last year to win a Heisman, and he still has road games against No. 13 LSU and No. 5 Missouri to make a statement to voters for a chance at a second Heisman trophy. Emily DeShazer | Collegian

Bryce Petty averages 414 passing yards per game. He helped lead Baylor to a 71-7 win over Iowa State last week.

K-State Wildcats vs. WVU Mountaineers: Wildcats look for fresh start improved collectively.” e Wildcat rushing attack and offensive line will play a huge role in their game against the Mountaineers, who rank 96th in the country in rush defense with 196.0 rushing yards surrendered per game. at means senior running back John Hubert, who rushed for 90 yards against Baylor, should see an increase in touches on Saturday. Snyder said he believes his Hubert has shown steady improvement as the season has progressed. “I think that John has been practicing better, and consequently it has helped improve his play,” Snyder said. “He still has a ways to go to get back to what his capabilities are, but I was pleased with the progress that he made.” West Virginia is in a bit of a rebuilding year after losing star quarterback Geno Smith and his top two receivers from last year’s team to the NFL. Quarterback Clint Trickett, a transfer from Florida State, is expected

to start for the Mountaineers on Saturday. Snyder, however, said that he and the Wildcats will take a similar approach to preparing for this year;s Mountaineers squad. “I do not see a substantial amount of differences,” Snyder said. “ey do not have the [Tavon] Austin youngster quite obviously, or Geno Smith, but the other young guys play well. I do not think they are aborting their system because of personnel. I think they have good schemes on both sides of the ball, and I just think they are trying to get new guys and young guys that have not worked together to fit into the system.” e fact of the matter for K-State now though, is that in order for the Wildcats to make a bowl game, they must win four of their remaining six games. at has weighed on the mind of sophomore wide receiver Kyle Klein. “It has been on the team’s mind because we do have to

win four of the next six games to see a bowl game,” Klein said. “at is something that we obviously all want to do. I think the rally cry is just getting better. Every week we have gotten a little bit better and made improvements, so I think as a team we are really close to getting traction and moving forward. Hopefully after the bye week we will be able to start back strong against West Virginia and gain momentum for the second half of the season.” K-State is obviously not where they want to be at 2-4. But Saturday’s game is the start of the second half of the season, and could prove to be a fresh start for the Wildcats. “Being 2-4 is never easy and neither is the response to it,” Snyder said. “How you respond to it and how you feel about it is difficult for the players, coaches and the people that are invested in this program. e important thing for us is not what could have been, but what are we going to do.”

Jed Barker | Collegian

K-State sophomore quarterback Daniel Sams high steps to avoid being tackled by Baylor’s defense at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Oct. 12.

Sean Frye sports editor After a disappointing 0-3 start in Big 12 play, the K-State Wildcats are coming off a bye week and are set to face the West Virginia Mountaineers, who are 1-2 in conference play. K-State head coach Bill Snyder believes the bye week helped his team move on from a tough start to the season. “I think that once they got away from the loss, tried to get focused on correcting the issues that we have, and get focused on West Virginia,” Snyder said. “I think they were in the moment, which is important to not let it

linger with you and work diligently in your preparation and improvement. I think they have attempted to do that.” e Wildcats are coming off a 35-25 loss to the undefeated Baylor Bears two weeks ago. Quarterback Daniel Sams was the star of the game as he racked up 199 rushing yards and 41 more through the air. “He allowed us to move the football and be more effective with our offense, but we still had some correctable miscues,” Snyder said. “e ballgame boiled down to us giving up four big plays on defense and two critical penalties on defense that equated to 21 points. at had a

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Big 12 Predictions: OU looks to knock off Texas Tech Austin Earl staff writer

Iowa State Cyclones vs. No. 19 Oklahoma State Cowboys 11 a.m. CDT On Saturday, the Oklahoma State Cowboys (5-1) travel to Ames, Iowa to take on the Iowa State Cyclones (1-5). e Cowboys are fresh off of a win against TCU, 24-10. e Cowboys aren’t the offensive powerhouse that most fans have grown used to seeing, but still average 35.7 points per game. Currently, the team is in the middle of a quarterback controversy between sophomore J.W. Walsh and senior Clint Chelf. Neither quarterback has taken the reigns and made the team his own yet, but Chelf got the start in their most recent game against TCU. e defense is good — but not great — as well, giving up 18.3 points per game. e Cyclones have only looked helpless once this year despite being 1-5. e Cyclones

have played close games against good teams like Texas Tech and Texas. Last week’s 71-7 drubbing against the Baylor Bears was the low point of the season. e Cyclones average 25.3 points per game, which puts them at 85th in the NCAA. ey give up 36.7 points per game, putting them near the bottom in the nation at 109th. Although the Cyclones should come out fired up after getting blown out, they haven’t won a game at home yet this season, and Ames is normally where they are dangerous. Oklahoma State is too good of a team, however, to lose this game. e Cowboys should come out on top, 41-27.

Kansas Jayhawks vs. No. 8 Baylor Bears 6 p.m. CDT, ESPNU e undefeated Baylor Bears (6-0) make a second trip to the state of Kansas, this time to take

on the Kansas Jayhawks (2-4) in Lawrence. KU’s football program has been very bad over the past few years. eir last conference victory was against Colorado— who’s now in the Pac-12—on Nov. 9, 2010. e Jayhawks have been more competitive this year, taking a 10-0 lead on Texas Tech and a 13-0 lead on Oklahoma. ey gave up both of those leads and lost by double-digits, but showed signs of life. Baylor, on the other hand, is one of the most balanced teams in both the Big 12 and the NCAA. e offense averages a whopping 64.7 points per game, while the defense on average gives up just 16.2 points per game. Baylor thrives on the play action pass. Junior running back Lache Seastrunk averages 9.2 yards per carry for the Bears, which lures defenses in close to the line of scrimmage to defend the run. Once the running game has been established, the Bears use junior quarterback Bryce Petty to stretch the field for giant chunks of yardage through the air. A simple, age-old offense that is seemingly impossible to stop and is executed to near perfection. KU’s best hope is that Baylor struggles on the road like they

did against K-State. Baylor is too big, too strong and too fast for the Jayhawks to keep up, though. e Bears should come away with an easy victory, 63-10.

TCU Horned Frogs vs. Texas Longhorns 6:30 p.m. CDT, Fox Sports 1 It’s a Lone-Star clash as the Texas Longhorns (4-2) go to Fort Worth, Tex. to take on the TCU Horned Frogs (3-4). e Longhorns have ridden a three-game winning streak and seem to have overcome their early season struggles. Senior quarterback Case McCoy has come in and been very effective for the Longhorns in the absence of junior starting quarterback David Ash. Sophomore running back Johnathan Gray has been everything Texas needs on the ground, averaging 117 yards per game in the last three games. e Longhorns average 33 points per game, and give up 27 points per game. Both of those averages are middle of

the road in the NCAA. TCU’s season has been a major disappointment so far. ey started the season off with high expectations, but have stumbled to a 3-4 record. is team has immense talent, but the offense just has not been able to pull it together. Sophomore quarterback Trevone Boykin has already thrown seven interceptions, and the offense as a whole averages 25.3 points per game. e TCU defense allows 21.7 points per game. Texas and TCU should have a very tough battle on Saturday. TCU’s above average defense, however, won’t be enough to hold down the Longhorns. Texas wins, 27-10.

No. 15 Oklahoma Sooners vs. No. 10 Texas Tech Red Raiders 2:30 p.m. CDT, Fox In the marquee game of the week in the Big 12, the Texas

Tech Red Raiders (7-0) will take on the Oklahoma Sooners (6-1). Texas Tech has been very good so far this year. is game against the Sooners is their chance to enter the national championship picture. Tech’s best win thus far was arguably its 37-27 victory over West Virginia last week. e Red Raiders have had two different freshmen quarterbacks, Baker Mayfield and Davis Webb, who have both been getting the job done. Mayfield is doubtful this week, and Webb will start again. Tech averages 41.1 points per game, and gives up 18.7 points per game. Oklahoma was having a perfect season, until they were dominated by Texas in the Red River Rivalry on Oct. 12. e Sooners got a win last week against KU, but looked very sloppy and has yet to regain their usual form. If Oklahoma still wants a shot at a Big 12 title, they must beat the Red Raiders this week. e Sooners average 30 points per game, and give up 17.1 points per game. e Red Raiders have a huge opportunity for a statement win this week. e stage will be too big for the freshman Webb, though. Oklahoma will come out on top 31-30.

Keys to the game: K-State Wildcats will need to establish the run game John Zetmeir asst. sports editor K-State Getting Tyler Lockett and Tramaine Thompson back e Wildcats have been forced to play their last two games without their top two receivers, junior Tyler Lockett and senior Tramaine ompson. Not is this duo K-State’s top receiving tandem, but they are also the Wildcats’ two best return men. Since the two have gone down with injury, the Wildcats have had little success in the kick return game. e Wildcats are averaging a little under 20 yards per kick return in the last two games in their absence. Lockett’s career average is just under 32 yards per return. On Wednesday, head coach Bill Snyder said that he believes that both Lockett and ompson will be ready to play against West Virginia on Saturday. It will be crucial for both the offense and special teams unit to have both playmakers back and healthy. Success in the run game Over the Wildcats’ past two games, they have found a lot of success running the ball. Sophomore quarterback Daniel Sams has strung together two consecutive games of over 100 yards on the ground. As a team, the Wildcats are averaging 184.2 rushing yards per game so far this season. Senior running back John Hubert also found success against Baylor, rushing for 90 yards on 15 carries. In the Mountaineers’ four losses this season, they have allowed an average of 255 yards on the ground. If K-State can get the running game going early, the offense could wear out the defensive front by controlling the clock. Avoid late turnovers

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Head coach Bill Snyder speaks to junior wide receiver Tyler Lockett on Aug. 7 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

this season have come by 10 points or less. In three of the four losses, the Wildcats have held a lead in the fourth quarter and suggests that K-State has struggled to close out games this season. Despite being 2-2 in games settled by 10 points or less this season, the Mountaineers have been able to keep games close against good teams. ose two losses have come at the hands of Oklahoma and Texas Tech, both of which are ranked. In one of those close wins, West Virginia

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Sams has found some success throwing the ball this season, completing a total of 22 of 32 passes. Despite the plethora of explosive plays that the sophomore signal caller has made, he has also displayed a tendency to be turnover prone at the end of games. In his final three pass attempts against Oklahoma State on Oct. 5, Sams threw two interceptions to ultimately seal the Wildcats’ fate. In his last game against Baylor, Sams’ overall play was overshadowed by a crucial interception that came on his final pass attempt of the game. “We are progressing, slowly but surely,” Sams said (NEED TO FIND WHEN HE SAID THIS). “We have given up a lot of points in the red zone. I have not been finishing as far as the interceptions late in the game. We’ve shown some bright areas, but we still are not where we need to be.” If the Cats want to have a chance on Homecoming weekend, they must eliminate turnovers late in the game.

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The Wildcats are starting to show improvement

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K-State senior running back John Hubert rushes through a hole in the Baylor defense on Oct. 12 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Nicolas Wahl staff writer e main goal is to improve, to be better today than you were yesterday. Do that and everything else — wins and losses — will fall into place. If you’ve paid any type of attention to K-State football under head coach Bill Snyder then that sentiment, in so many words, has been etched into your memory to a perhaps nauseating degree. But in 2013, a season where the Wildcats are breaking in not one, but two quarterbacks, where they are replacing eight of 11 defensive starters from a year ago and where they are playing in the shadow of one of the most accomplished and beloved teams in K-State history, that focus on improvement becomes even more important. A season that began amidst high, and perhaps unrealistic, expectations, hit the ground with a flat tire in a loss to FCS foe North Dakota State. ree weeks of inconsistent and uncharacteristic play that could never be confused with “Snyder-esque” football followed, and left many — myself included — thinking that a bowl bid

or winning season was at best a pipe dream. At that point K-State was a shell of its usual self. ey were undisciplined; as evidenced by a season-high eight penalties in the program’s first loss to Texas in a decade. ose penalty numbers went hand-in-hand with a turnover margin that saw them give the opponents possession five more times than they had taken it on the season. K-State had yet to find an identity either on offense or defense. e two-quarterback system of Jake Waters and Daniel Sams was laughable at Texas, prompting even the broadcasting duo of Kirk Herbstreit and Brent Musburger to comment on the utter predictability of the offense depending on who came checked in the at quarterback. e Wildcats refused to take advantage of a Texas defense that had yielded ungodly rushing yardage in lopsided losses against BYU and Ole Miss. Defensively, though improving, the many new parts had yet to gel and insert themselves into the roles needed for success. e Wildcats needed playmakers on both sides of the ball. en came a trip to Stillwater,

Okla., and a match-up against preseason Big 12 favorite Oklahoma State. But this time, anyone watching could see the Wildcats begin to grow into their new shoes. ough they still seemed ragged at times — K-State committed a season high 12 penalties and turned the ball over four times — the Wildcats began to find themselves. With Sams taking most of the snaps at quarterback, the offense began to look like typical Snyder football. ey accumulated an 11-minute time of possession advantage, keeping the Cowboy offense off the field. ey moved the ball on the ground with 144 rushing yards, and Sams proved competent in the passing game going 15-of-21 for 182 yards and two touchdowns. All of this despite the absence of starting wide receivers and return men Tyler Lockett and Tramaine ompson. Defensively they held the normally high-powered Cowboys to just 330 yards of total offense. Preseason all-Big 12 safety Ty Zimmerman was everywhere with 14 tackles. Other playmakers began to emerge with defensive end Travis Britz’ disruptive line play, and he even got into the act

in the kicking game by blocking a field goal that was returned for a touchdown by cornerback Kip Daily. It wasn’t a beautiful performance by any means, the penalties were atrocious, there were still too many turnovers and again K-State lost a game in the final minutes. at said, there was enough to make those in observance sense that something might have been coming together for this team. Any questions in that regard were answered the following week as K-State hosted Baylor in a game that was everything you would imagine of a big-time college matchup at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Granted, there are no moral victories, and the Wildcats did come up short, but it was vintage K-State against the then-No. 15 Bears. ey carved up the Baylor offense for 327 yards rushing — 199 of those from Sams. Perhaps more importantly the attention paid to Sams allowed running back John Hubert to return to form, lowering his shoulder after finding his lanes to the tune of 90-yards rushing on just 15 carries. K-State averaged 5.6 yards per carry as a team. ey dominated time of possession,

holding the ball for nearly 40 minutes of game time. Defensively, the Wildcats continued to emerge. Defensive end Ryan Mueller was everywhere sacking Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty twice and, on a spectacular play, sacking, stripping and recovering a fumble from him simultaneously. Led by Mueller, Britz and Zimmerman K-State dropped the Bears for a loss five times providing playmaking ability to coincide with the steady play of linebacker Blake Slaughter who led the team with nine tackles. K-State played its cleanest ballgame against the Bears, and nearly pulled off the upset. But its few mistakes; namely a personal foul on cornerback Randall Evans that led to a Baylor touchdown and a fourth-quarter interception by Sams, proved deadly. Despite the record, this K-State team looks to be coming into its own. With a schedule that lightens considerably in the coming weeks, and the return of Lockett and ompson on the horizon, don’t be surprised to see these Wildcats reel off a few consecutive wins to earn bowl eligibility.

Comparing Positions: Wide receivers could be the difference in matchup Corbin McGuire staff writer WVU RB Charles Sims vs. K-State RB John Hubert Charles Sims is West Virginia’s top offensive threat, averaging a team-best 79.6 yards rushing a game, good for No.5 in the Big 12. Sims is also a capable receiver out of the backfield with 26 catches, second best for the Mountaineers, and ranks No. 7 in the Big 12 in all-purpose yards. Hubert, unlike Sims, benefits from the attention Daniel Sams’ garners when in the game, and also with the return of top receivers Tyler Lockett and Tramaine ompson. Advantage: K-State. Hubert averages just half a yard less per carry than Sims, and seems to be back on track after his 15-carry, 90-yard performance against Baylor. All eyes will be on Sims, while the Mountaineers’ should be much more dispersed to other options on the Wildcats’ offense.

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Baylor junior wide reciever Levi Norwood tries to escape K-State senior saftey Ty Zimmerman on Oct. 12 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

WVU safety Darwin Cook vs. K-State safety Ty Zimmerman Cook has started 30 games as a Mountaineer, and leads the Big 12 with four interceptions that also ranks him No. 6 in the NCAA. Leading an improving

defense, Cook is second in total tackles with 47 to junior linebacker Jared Barber at 51. Zimmerman also ranks second on his team with 43 tackles, but has intercepted just one pass so far this season. Advantage: WVU. Cook, against a K-State team that has committed 15 total turnovers, should have a chance to make some game-changing plays when Daniel Sams or Jake Waters drop back to pass. WVU WR Ronald Carswell vs. K-State WR Tyler Lockett Carswell, a junior college transfer, is a hit or miss receiver for the Mountaineers. While Carswell leads the team with 348 receiving yards, he has only caught 17 passes – fourth best for the Mountaineers – including just one in last week’s loss to Texas Tech. Lockett, despite missing almost two whole games, has double the catches of Carswell and 475 yards receiving – 237 of which came against Texas. Advantage: K-State. Lockett should be fresh after two full weeks off, giving K-State the deep threat and wide receiver blanket it has been missing since he was injured in the second quarter of the Wildcats’ loss to Oklahoma State.

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No. 17 Oklahoma Sooners vs. No. 10 Texas Tech Red Raiders 2:30 p.m. CDT, FOX

On Saturday, two very inconsistent football teams take the field to battle it out in K-State’s homecoming game against the West Virginia Mountaineers. e match up between these two last year in Morgantown, W. Va, was a blowout of epic proportions on a national stage. Both quarterbacks, K-State’s Collin Klein and the Mountaineer’s Geno Smith were in the running for the Heisman. Klein accumulated 323 yards through the air for three touchdowns and added four more on the ground to lead the Wildcats to an astonishing 55-14 victory. Smith was held to a just 143 yards, and threw his first two interceptions on the year. e Wildcats would march on to become No. 1 in the nation, while West Virginia struggled to find themselves during the rest of their season losing four of their last six. is year is a different story. Both teams have had a difficult time finding their rhythm. Two of West Virginia’s three wins came early, with a 24-17 win over William and Mary in their season opener and a 41-7 rout against Georgia State in week 3. However, their victory against Oklahoma State on Sept. 28 was impressive. K-State has had a hard time closing out games all season, leading North Dakota State, Oklahoma State and then-No. 15 Baylor late, but coming up short. is one will be fun to watch and it’s a game that the Wildcats desperately need to win to ensure that they don’t lose control of this season entirely.

e No. 17 Oklahoma Sooners will take on the red-hot No. 10 Texas Tech Red Raiders in Norman, Okla. on Saturday afternoon. Oklahoma has reason for concern. After starting the season 5-0, the Sooners were stopped in their tracks by Mac Brown and the Texas Longhorns. By itself, this wouldn’t be reason for worry this season as the Longhorns find themselves near the top of the Big 12 standings, but the Red Raiders sit even higher. Last week, the Sooners managed to pull out a 34-19 victory at 2-4 Kansas Jayhawks, while Tech destroyed the Jayhawks 56-14 two weeks prior. Even more concerning, Texas Tech’s freshman phenom quarterback Davis Webb made Red Raider history as he tallied 462 yards through the air, leading Tech to 21 straight points and a victory over the West Virginia Mountaineers in Morgantown, W. Va., last week. However, Oklahoma will present Tech with one of the most stout passing defenses they will see all season. e Sooners lead the nation, allowing just under 150 yards through the air and roughly 5.27 yards per pass attempt in their first seven games. If the Sooners want to bring the Raiders’ march to the top of the Big 12 to a screeching halt, they need to contain Webb and maintain the defensive dominance that they have displayed thus far this season.

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Coming off of a loss to Tennessee, the No. 20 South Carolina Gamecocks will be looking for redemption. Although I don’t believe they will find it in Columbia, Mo., when they take the field against Missouri on Saturday night. e No. 5 Tigers are rocking and rolling in their second year adjusting to a new conference. After a dismal 5-7 showing last year, the Tigers have made all the right moves and are only the second team in all of Division I college football to be outscoring each of their opponents by at least 15 points — Oregon being the only other team doing so. With two wins against perennial SEC powers Florida and Georgia, Missouri is making a case for itself without the help of anyone else. e Gamecocks, however, aren’t a program to sleep on. Mike Davis is a solid running back and defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is still labeled as a top draft prospect for 2014. His stick on Vincent Smith in last year’s Outback Bowl has a half-million views on YouTube and pulled in Sportcenter’s Top Play for the bowl season. Expect the Tigers to continue their journey to the SEC Championship game.

Record: 20-16

No. 14 Texas A&M Aggies vs Vanderbilt Commodores 11:21 a.m. CDT, ESPN3

Coming off of a tough loss to Utah two weeks ago, their first of the season, Stanford rebounded with a rugged win over UCLA and will look to deliver the same type of physicality against Oregon State this Saturday. On the flip side, Oregon State will be looking to continue their winning ways as well. After losing a heartbreaker in their season opener 46-49 to FCS foe Eastern Washington, the Beavers have been on a rampage, winning their next three games against Hawaii, Utah and San Diego State. ey’ve turned it up a notch even more lately, doubling-up on Colorado, Washington State and Cal. Late in the fourth quarter last week, Cal defensive end Todd Barr pushed through the Oregon State O-line and delivered a scary blow to quarterback, and Heisman candidate, Sean Mannion. Mannion regained his composure and carried on to finish out the Beavers’ 49-17 victory but Oregon State needs to be ready to stop Stanford’s experienced front seven.

With Texas A&M being handed their second loss of the season last week, you can fully expect Johnny “Football” Manziel to come out with his rage face on against Vanderbilt in College Station, Tex., on Saturday morning. Vanderbilt orchestrated a beautiful comeback against Georgia last week in the fourth quarter. Down 14-27, the Commodores scored 17-straight to win 31-27, clinching their first win against a Top-25 opponent since they beat Auburn back on Oct. 4, 2008. Vanderbilt’s impressive defensive showing, aided by several injuries to Bulldog offensive starters, held Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray to just 114 yards through the air. Don’t expect as much of a defensive hold on Texas A&M. e Aggies, led by the infamous and incredibly athletically gifted Manziel, will be out for blood. Despite two losses, the Aggies stayed within the Top-15. Anticipate a show from the A&M offense, as for most of the season the Aggies have averaged 588.7 yards per game and trail only Oregon and Baylor in total offense for the year. Anticipate a lot of trash talking as Manziel and crew topple over the Commodores at home.

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K-State Oklahoma Oregon Missouri Stanford Texas A&M

K-State Texas Tech Oregon Missouri Stanford Texas A&M

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Record: 25-11

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K-State Oklahoma Oregon Missouri Stanford Texas A&M Record: 24-12

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A deflated UCLA Bruins team will be heading to Eugene, Ore. to take on the No. 2 Ducks who have the national title in their sights. e Bruins suffered a tough loss to No. 8 Stanford last week, losing both their first game of the season and a slew of players to injury. Linebacker Eric Kendricks left the game after taking a hard hit in the first half, tackle Simon Goines left with a knee injury and his replacement, Conor McDermott, left with a shoulder injury. Oregon, on the other hand, is continuing their title-caliber play. ey have outscored most opponents by a margin of three to one and average 643.1 yards per game. Defensively, UCLA is 32nd in the country in yards allowed, giving up 359.7 yards on average. Despite UCLA’s relatively high ranking, this game may not be for the faint of heart, as Ducks may fly past the Bruins for a blowout win.

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Record: 21-15

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