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Kansas State vs. Kansas: What They're Saying About The Game

Here's a collection of links to what people are saying about Kansas State vs. Kansas Thursday evening.

Kansas State will meet Kansas on Thursday evening in Lawrence.

KSU is the favorite to win but you can't count out KU in this rivalry game.

Here's what people are saying about the game.

David Ubben of ESPN.com:

This year's Sunflower Showdown may have the same less-than-amazing rivalry moniker, but it's definitely worth tuning in for. The last time we saw the Jayhawks at their best was against a team built around the running game. Kansas is strong at linebacker and should be able to turn the game into a physical contest.

Associated Press:

Altogether, the Sunflower State rivals will be meeting after getting pounded by a collective score of 103-20.

"I wish we would have both come off of wins, because that would have been a highly anticipated game," said Kansas wide receiver Jonathan Wilson. "But it's still going to be very anticipated. I know they want to win and I know we want to win."

Kevin Haskin of Topeka Capital Journal:

Gill brought a new approach, but is it working? In their defeats the Jayhawks appeared to lack discipline, commitment and passion. Perhaps this is attributable to the hands-off approach Gill portrays on game day. Or, maybe his tendency to stress everything positive contributes to indifference among players.

This can all change, however, by beating a rival ... as an underdog ... at home. The celebration would indeed be uplifting, especially when capped by parading the Governor's Cup into Late Night on Friday.

Tully Corcoran of Topeka Capital Journal:

"The players, early on, talked about some things of that nature," Gill said. "Kansas State was a big game from their perspective. Every game's a big game, but obviously with the in-state deal, there's some people that played against each other. You want to have bragging rights from a player's perspective, but also from a fan's perspective. You've got your neighbors, some of them are K-State alums, so on and so forth.

"I think as time goes along, I'll get a better sense of it."

Kellis Robinett of Kansas City Star:

Last year, five losses away from Snyder Family Stadium kept K-State out of a bowl game. And despite the improvements Snyder has made to the program in his second tenure, K-State’s season will again be defined by how it handles road trips. Five of its final seven games are away from home.

J. Brady McCollough of Kansas City Star:

They have lost 10 of their last 12 games, tasting defeat just about every way it can be served up. In the process, through the resignation of former coach Mark Mangino and the painful beginnings under Turner Gill, they have suddenly yanked the rug out from under a fan base that was just starting to become crazed for football.

The sell-outs of the last three seasons are gone now. The student section hasn’t risen to the top of the east side of Memorial Stadium’s bleachers since the first half against North Dakota State, the shocking loss that first indicated tonight’s game against Kansas State could very well function as a shot at redemption.