K-State prepares for opener vs. Nicholls

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - Most Power Five fans would expect a game against a FCS school to be an easy victory.

But Kansas State head coach Chris Klieman said that way of thinking is outdated.

"Nobody can say that anymore," Klieman said. "And I have to be honest with you, I don't think that's said anymore. I really don't. Appalachian State started this thing a long time ago. They went and beat Michigan at their own game.

"I've been a part of a number of those things where when you're in that locker room, and it doesn't matter. It doesn't matter. This is mano e mano, me against the guy across from you."

It fits in with what Klieman has preached since making his move from FCS national champion North Dakota State to K-State: football is football. And for what he expects out of his team to kick off a new era of football in Manhattan, he said he's looking to his veterans.

"I expect the seniors that have played an awful lot of Big 12 football to really shine when the lights come on," Klieman said. "I expect those same guys to handle the young guys that haven't with great energy for those kids, to let them know that they belong on this stage and that they're there to help them."

"It's kind of surreal, but it's been a time that I have been anticipating for the past eight months since the last game versus Iowa State," K-State quarterback Skylar Thompson said. "The fire I had in my stomach walking off that field, this is a moment I have been waiting for and working for this whole offseason. I think there's so much anticipation with a new coaching staff and looking forward to seeing what we put on the field offensively and defensively and on special teams."

"Obviously, it's been a super high energetic week with it being game week, and we are all just super excited for week one with a new coaching staff, being with us since the winter and going through winter workouts to spring ball to summer workouts to fall camp," defensive end Wyatt Hubert said. "We are definitely excited."