Washington State and Kansas State have agreed to a home-and-home series beginning in 2026 and concluding in 2029, WSU athletics director Bill Moos announced Thursday afternoon.
The first game of the home-and-home series will be played in Manhattan, Kan. on Sept. 12, 2026. The Wildcats will be traveling back to Pullman on Sept. 8, 2029 to complete the series.
“Kansas State joins Wisconsin as a Power 5 opponent that our fans can look forward to seeing in Martin Stadium,” Moos said in a press release. “Additionally, Boise State and BYU provide future regional home matchups which should be very appealing to our fan base.”
Washington State and Kansas State have never faced each other on the gridiron, though the two schools recently announced a home-and-home series for basketball set to begin this fall. Not coincidentally, these announcements come on the heels of Kirk Schulz, formerly the president at Kansas State, accepting the same position at WSU.
The Cougars’ non-conference slate is filled through 2019, facing the likes of Boise State (2016 and 2017), Eastern Washington (2016 and 2018), Idaho (2016), Wyoming (2018), Nevada (2017), Montana State (2017), San Jose State (2018), Northern Colorado (2019), Central Michigan (2019) and BYU (2019).
Washington State will complete a home-and-home series with Central Michigan in 2021, then begins a home-and-home series at Wisconsin in 2022 and returning to Pullman in 2023.
Kansas State is a great addition to the non-conference schedule for the Cougars, who lack a lot of high-profile opponents on future schedules, though that’s by design. The Wildcats have played in six consecutive bowl games and, through the years, have served as a model program for the Cougars, given the two schools’ similarities.