A week after Missouri entered a watery Manhattan, a green wave hits the city. Tulane will enter with a 2-0 record, the same as Kansas State through the first two weeks of the season.
Before we get to today’s matchup, let’s take a quick look at what happened the only other time the Wildcats and Green Wave met.
The year was 1988, and K-State was 0-2 starting the year with a loss on the road in Tulsa and then being torched at home by future Manhattan football savior Bill Snyder and Iowa.
The Wildcats fell short in New Orleans, losing 20-16. K-State turned the ball over four times and gave up the game-winning score with 16 seconds remaining. The first points of the game were scored by Seth and Shane Porter’s father, Mark. A field goal that was thrown 44 yards.
As for the current Tulane team that comes to town on Saturday, it’s hard to assess what their start to the season means. They beat an FCS team at Alcorn State and then managed UMass this past weekend.
Green Wave quarterback Michael Pratt is entering his third year as Tulane’s starter and could very easily be the best talent the Wildcats will face outside of conference. Pratt is approaching his 5,000 career passing mark and has a 46/16 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
Last year seemed like an anomaly for Willie Fritz, as his team went 2-10, despite scaring Oklahoma in the first week. Fritz has had Tulane around .500 every year he’s been in New Orleans. They allowed more than 430 yards per game on defense. Combine last year’s results with what we’ve seen so far from this K-State team, and the Wildcats should have a good chance to replicate the blowouts they took in the first few weeks.
However, rain is back in the forecast this week, which may restrict the passing game once again for K-State. Scattered thunderstorms are projected throughout the morning with a few showers in the mix.
This becomes a pivotal week for K-State’s passing game as Adrian Martinez and the receivers have yet to prove their connection. Chris Klieman has mentioned in recent weeks that circumstances have dictated a lack of big plays shooting the ball. If the rain turns up again, there’s a chance the Wildcats won’t fully uncover their passing attack before next week’s primetime matchup in Norman.