K-State adds UTEP to 2014 schedule

By The Mercury

Kansas State has added UTEP to next season’s football schedule, according to K-State athletic director John Currie.

The 2014 schedule hasn’t officially been released by K-State yet, but Currie announced the addition of UTEP during an interview Monday with KMAN.

UTEP will replace UT-San Antonio, which backed out of its scheduled game next season earlier this fall.

K-State’s non-conference slate also includes Stephen F. Austin (Aug. 30) and Auburn (Sept. 20). The UTEP game will be Sept. 27.

Which leaves K-State with back-to-back bye weeks on Sept. 6 and Sept. 13.

Currie said he’d like to move a conference game to the Sept. 6 date and create another bye week later in the season, but such a move could prove tricky at this point .

The Sept. 13 date will remain a bye week no matter what because Auburn is also off that weekend. However, there is a chance that the Auburn game gets moved to Thursday, Sept. 18.

K-State already has one Thursday night game scheduled next season when the Wildcats travel to Morgantown, W. Va., on Nov. 20 to face West Virginia.

Auburn, which just defeated No. 1 Alabama this past Saturday on an incredible field-goal return for a touchdown, will be making its return trip to Manhattan after the Wildcats played there in 2007 under Ron Prince.

Unless a game is moved, the Wildcats will open Big 12 play next season at home against Texas Tech on Oct.  4 — the first of four conference home games in 2014, which includes Oklahoma State, Texas and Kansas.

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