Just a year ago the Big 12 Conference looked like it was headed for extinction, and Kansas State was one of the schools no other major conference seemed to want. But the conference survived and K-State football is on a roll, ranked second in the BCS and third in the latest AP Poll.
It's an exciting time for Wildcat fans.
"I thnk they have a legitimate chance to win the National Championship," K-State fan Chris West says.
West is among thousands from across the state headed for this weekend's game in Manhattan. It's a dream season for fans like West, who works at Tad's Locker Room. The store's owner says K-State merchandise has been flying off the shelves.
"There's the potential of this town turning purple for a while," Tad Snarenberger says.
Snarenberger says jerseys with the number 7 on them are the biggest sellers. That's the number worn by K-State quarterback Collin Klein. He's in the running to win the Heisman Trophy. Overall, Snarenberger says K-State merchandise is outselling K-U four to one.
At a time when the election has people talking red and blue states, Kansas goes purple.