2022 Kansas State Wildcats football schedule: Dates, times and analysis

Things are shaping up for a big year in Manhattan for Chris Klieman and the Kansas State Wildcats.

They return 14 starters, led by star running back Deuce Vaughn, who compiled for 1,872 total yards and 22 touchdowns a year ago. Adrian Martinez is transferred from Nebraska to assume the starting quarterback position in a new fast-paced system led by freshman offensive coordinator Collin Klein. With seven returning starters on a defense that has allowed just 21 points per game, this looks like a dangerous team.

Does the schedule allow them to make a run in the Big 12?

Here’s a look at the Kansas State schedule with dates, times, opponents and analysis:

Week 1 – against the South Dakota Coyotes

Date: September 3

Time: 7:00 p.m. ET

Kansas State has won all five previous meetings. The South Dakota Coyotes finished 7-5 at FCS a year ago.

Week 2 – against the Missouri Tigers

Date: September 10

Time: 12:00 p.m. ET

This game will be the 98th all-time meeting between these two programs, but the first since 2011. The Missouri Tigers will get a new quarterback and lose running back Tyler Badie.

Week 3 – vs. Tulane Green Wave

Date: September 17

Time: 3:00 p.m. ET

This game is the second meeting between these programs, the first coming back in 1988. The Tulane Green Wave finished just 2-10 a year ago.

Week 4 – at Oklahoma Sooners

Date: September 24

Time: To be determined

The first road game of the year will be at Norman in Week 4. The series has been close, with four of the last five games decided by a score.

Week 5 – vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders

Date: October 1st

Time: To be determined

Kansas State has dominated this series, winning ten of the last 11 games against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Offensive figures need to be improved in Lubbock under new offensive coordinator Zach Kittley.

Week 6 – to Iowa State Cyclones

Date: October 8

Time: To be determined

The Wildcats have lost three of the last four meetings. The Iowa State Cyclones are only returning eight starters but are well coached by Matt Campbell and expect to remain competitive in the Big 12.

Week 7 – GOODBYE

Week 8 –at TCU Horned Frogs

Date: October 22

Time: To be determined

The Wildcats return from a bye week to take on the TCU Horned Frogs in Fort Worth. Kansas State has won three straight in this series.

Week 9 – vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys

Date: October 29

Time: To be determined

Kansas State has won only four of the last ten meetings. Mike Gundy and the Oklahoma State Cowboys made it to the Big 12 Championship Game a year ago and have high expectations heading into 2022.

Week 10 – against Texas Longhorns

Date: November 5

Time: To be determined

The Wildcats have won only one of the last seven meetings. The Texas Longhorns hit rock bottom at 5-7 last year, but have high hopes for the second year of the Steve Sarkisian era.

Week 11 – at Baylor Bears

Date: November 12

Time: To be determined

Kansas State has lost four straight to the Baylor Bears. Dave Aranda needs to replace a lot of a team that won the Big 12 championship a year ago.

Week 12 – at West Virginia Mountaineers

Date: November 19

Time: To be determined

A tough two-game road trip ends in Morgantown. Last year, the Wildcats snapped a five-game losing streak with a 34-17 win.

Week 13 – against the Kansas Jayhawks

Date: November 26

Time: To be determined

The Wildcats have won 13 straight against their state rivals. Lance Leipold is entering second grade at Lawrence and seems to be moving the program in the right direction.

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