How to watch: Tulane Green Wave at Kansas State Wildcats

The world, except maybe some LSU fans, will be against us tomorrow. Tulane is one of those teams that everyone has a soft spot for, either because they were totally signed in 1998 or because their uniforms are absolutely fiery, or because New Orleans is a party.

Of course, that probably won’t do them much good on the football field.

The game

The Kansas State Wildcats (2-0, rv/rv) host Tulane Green Wave (2-0, 0-0 AAC).

After their big win over Missouri, the Cats prepare to face a foe they’ve only faced once before. Tulane leads the series 1-0, thanks to the infamous 1988 game. The Wildcats, coming off an 18-game winless streak, took the lead late and the coaches left the press box to celebrate the end of the streak at the field… throwing the defense off course, allowing Tulane to score and win. 20-16. (They followed that up by blowing a 21-point lead to Louisiana Tech the following week. Bad timing, y’all.)

Tulane, of course, used to be in the SEC, but as conference TV networks have made clear with nonsense like the SEC and the Big Ten networks, both airing classic Sooner-Husker content from 1971, it’s not which conference you are when you play the game. Feel free to sing SEC when K-State does something good, because Tulane was a founding member.

The Green Wave is led by Willie Fritz, whom we all know as the former Blinn JC trainer who groomed Michael Bishop to come to Manhattan. Fritz put that experience to good use for 13 years at Central Missouri, including a playoff appearance in 2002 and an MIAA title in 2003, both very difficult assignments in a conference with Northwest Missouri State and Pittsburg State. Sam Houston State snatched it up; he won two Southland titles and led the Bearkats to the FCS championship game in 2011 and 2012, losing both times to North Dakota State.

That landed Fritz the job at Georgia Southern, where in two years he won a Sun Belt crown before being hired by Green Wave in 2016. Tulane hasn’t been very good, though they tied for the AAC West title in 2018, but he has managed. take their squad to three bowl games, which isn’t terrible in a league where they’ve had to contend with Cincinnati, UCF, Houston and Memphis. Fritz has a career record of 187-112 in four-year schools.

Last year was a disaster, however, for far the worst season of Fritz’s career. It started out promisingly, as Tulane had to play a home game in Norman because of Hurricane Ida and was with the Sooners until the end before losing 40-35. But that was the first of four games against ranked teams, as well as catching Houston and UCF when they were unranked, and the wheels just fell off as the Green Wave stumbled to a 2-10 finish.

They’ve already matched that win total this season, though their wins have come at the expense of Massachusetts and Alcorn State, so they’re not particularly informative.

Kick off

Saturday, September 17, 2:00 pm CT at Bill Snyder Family Stadium (50,000) in Manhattan, Kansas.

Tickets

There are still a few seats available through the box office, though all that remains is scattered individual seats and standing room. There are quite a few seats available on the aftermarket, some as low as $25 for not bad seats.

If you’re heading to the game from Kansas City, keep in mind that I-70 is under construction in Topeka, and if you’re coming from southern Johnson County, K-10 also has one lane each way for seven miles near Eudora. for bridge work.

Odds

K-State opened as a 16.5-point favorite, but according to our friends at DraftKings, the line is now -14 at 49.5 up. That adds up to a 32-18 Wildcat win. The money line is +480 for Tulane, -630 for the Cats.

TV

The game will not be available through standard television or cable networks. See below.

Radio

As always, Wyatt Thompson, Stan Weber and Matt Walters will be available on K-State Sports Network and via satellite on SiriusXM 200/SXM App 954.

webcast

ESPN+ has the game, with Mark Neely, Todd Doxson and Shane Sparks on the call. Audio available through kstatesports.com. Live statistics provided by K-State Sports.

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