Kansas State head coach Chris Klieman is followed by his team

Kansas State head coach Chris Klieman is followed by his team as they walk down the tunnel and onto the field at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Sept. 28.

Kansas State will feel right at home to begin its 2020 football season.

The Wildcats will open next year with five games at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in their first six weeks.

That starts with their opener against Buffalo on Sept. 5. In the ensuing weeks, K-State will host North Dakota (Sept. 12), Vanderbilt (Sept. 19), Texas (Oct. 3) and Kansas (Oct. 10).

The lone road date in that span doubles as the Wildcats’ Big 12 opener, as they travel to Morgantown, West Virginia, to take on the Mountaineers on Sept. 26.

One notable part of K-State’s 2020 slate: a Thursday night game.

K-State hits the road to face Iowa State on Thursday, Oct. 29, in Ames, Iowa. It will be K-State’s first Thursday-night game since hosting Baylor in 2015, and its first on the road since the 2014 West Virginia game.

After their home-heavy first half of the season, the Wildcats only have two games in Manhattan the rest of the fall: Texas Tech (Nov. 7) and Oklahoma State (Nov. 21).

Including its Thursday night tussle against the Cyclones, the Wildcats also are on the road versus TCU (Oct. 17), Oklahoma (Nov. 14) and Baylor (Nov. 28). The contest against the Bears also will be the Wildcats’ regular-season finale in 2020.

Next year marks the 125th season in K-State’s history, and its 25th as a member of the Big 12.

Opening the conference slate at West Virginia means K-State will begin Big 12 play on the road for the 20th time — and the third time in five years that the opponent is the Mountaineers.

K-State’s only open date next year comes between its back-to-back road games against TCU and Iowa State. The Wildcats will have 12 days between the contest in Fort Worth, Texas, on Oct. 17 and its Thursday-night affair in Ames on Oct. 29.

Kickoff times and television broadcast partners will be announced at a later date.

2020 K-STATE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Sept. 5: vs. Buffalo

Sept. 12: vs. North Dakota

Sept. 19: vs. Vanderbilt

Sept. 26: at West Virginia

Oct. 3: vs. Texas

Oct. 10: vs. Kansas

Oct. 17: at TCU

Oct. 29 (Thursday): at Iowa State

Nov. 7: vs. Texas Tech

Nov. 14: at Oklahoma

Nov: 21: vs. Oklahoma State

Nov. 28: at Baylor

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