2017 Kansas State Wildcats football
Cactus Bowl champion
Cactus Bowl, W 35–17 vs. UCLA
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
2017 record8–5 (5–4 Big 12)
Head coachBill Snyder (26th season)
Offensive coordinatorDana Dimel (11th season)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorTom Hayes (6th season)
Base defense4–3
Home stadiumBill Snyder Family Football Stadium (capacity: 50,000)
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Template:2017 Big 12 football standings The 2017 Kansas State Wildcats football team represented Kansas State University in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Wildcats played their home games at the Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas, and competed in the Big 12 Conference. They were led by 26th-year head coach Bill Snyder. They finished the season 8–5, 5–4 in Big 12 play to finish in a four-way tie for fourth place. They were invited to the Cactus Bowl where they defeated UCLA.

Season[edit | edit source]

Pre Season[edit | edit source]

In January 2017 it was reported by many Kansas media outlets that Bill Snyder has been traveling to Houston, Texas for treatment for a "serious life-threatening ailment". On February 12, 2017 Snyder announced that he has been diagnosed with throat cancer and had been receiving treatment in Manhattan, as well at University of Kansas Medical Center, and in Houston, Texas. He said that his doctor expect a recovery and that he should be able to coach by the 2017 Wildcats Spring Game.[1] Also on February 12, 2017 it was announced that Co-Offensive Coordinator Del Miller would be retiring, putting the other Co-Offensive Coordinator Dana Dimel at the helm as the only OC and play caller for KSU,[2] and Collin Klein would return to KSU to take over the Quarterback Coach position.[3]

End Of Season[edit | edit source]

On December 6, 2017 it was announced that Offensive Coordinator Dana Dimel was hired as the new head coach for UTEP. It was also said that he will be fulfilling his final OC duties for KSU while participating in the Cactus Bowl.[4]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Kansas State announced its 2017 football schedule on December 13, 2016. The 2017 schedule consists of seven home and five away games in the regular season. The Wildcats will host Big 12 foes Baylor, Iowa State, Oklahoma, TCU, and West Virginia, and will travel to Kansas, Oklahoma State, Texas, and Texas Tech.[5]

The Wildcats hosted two of the three non-conference opponents, Central Arkansas from the Southland Conference and Charlotte from Conference USA and travel to Vanderbilt from the Southeastern Conference.

The team accepted the bowl bid to participate in the Cactus Bowl and faced UCLA in a bowl game for the second time. The first bowl meeting was in the Alamo Bowl with UCLA winning 40–35.

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 2* 6:10 p.m. #15 (FCS) Central Arkansas #20 Bill Snyder Family Football StadiumManhattan, KS ESPN3 W 55–19   51,043
September 9* 11:00 a.m. Charlotte #19 Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium • Manhattan, KS FSN W 55–7   50,087
September 16* 6:30 p.m. at Vanderbilt #18 Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN ESPNU L 7–14   40,350
September 30 2:30 p.m. Baylor Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium • Manhattan, KS ESPN2 W 33–20   52,293
October 7 6:00 p.m. at Texas Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX FS1 L 34–40 2OT  90,462
October 14 11:00 a.m. #6 TCU Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium • Manhattan, KS FS1 L 6–26   52,055
October 21† 3:00 p.m. #9 Oklahoma Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium • Manhattan, KS FOX L 35–42   52,122
October 28 2:00 p.m. at Kansas Memorial StadiumLawrence, KS (Rivalry) FS1 W 30–20   36,223
November 4 11:00 a.m. at Texas Tech Jones AT&T StadiumLubbock, TX FS1 W 42–35 OT  47,631
November 11 2:30 p.m. West Virginia Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium • Manhattan, KS ESPN2 L 23–28   51,223
November 18 2:30 p.m. at #10 Oklahoma State Boone Pickens StadiumStillwater, OK ESPN2 W 45–40   56,790
November 25 2:30 p.m. Iowa State Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium • Manhattan, KS (Farmageddon) ESPN2 W 20–19   49,554
December 26* 12:30 p.m. vs. UCLA Chase Field • Phoenix, AZ (Cactus Bowl) ESPN W 35–17   32,859
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.
Schedule Source:[6]

Rankings[edit | edit source]

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Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
Coaches 19 19 18 RV RV RV RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released

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