MANHATTAN, Kan. – For the 10th time since it joined the Big 12 Conference in 1996, Kansas State will enter a season either ranked or receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll as the Wildcats received eight votes in the 2007 preseason rankings released Friday.
The Wildcats, who finished the 2006 season with a 7-6 record under first-year head coach Ron Prince, were among eight Big 12 teams who will enter the season either ranked or receiving votes in the poll.
Since the Big 12 Conference was formed in 1996, K-State has debuted in the top 25 eight times in the Coaches’ Poll, including three times in the top 10. The Wildcats have opened the season ranked in the top 15 nationally five times and their highest initial ranking was in the 2003 preseason poll, when K-State was tabbed No. 5.
The only time in the past 12 years of the survey that Kansas State has not opened in the coaches’ rankings occurred in 2002 and 2006. Ironically, the Wildcats ended the 2002 season ranked No. 6 nationally, while last season’s squad won seven games and earned a berth in the Texas Bowl.
The Wildcats will open their 2007 season Saturday, Sept. 1, at 14th-ranked Auburn in a nationally-televised game on ESPN. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. CT.
K-State in the Preseason USA Today Coaches' Poll
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