Big 12 football: Ranking the five best non-conference games

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Aug 30, 2013; Manhattan, KS, USA; North Dakota State Bison quarterback Brock Jensen (16) is tackled by Kansas State Wildcats linebacker Jonathan Truman (21) and defensive end Ryan Mueller (44) during the Bisons

3. Auburn at Kansas State

Game time: Thursday, September 18th
6:30 PM CT | TV: ESPN

When are the Wildcats not good under Bill Snyder? This is a great matchup against the national championship runner-up on the grand stage of Thursday night. The strongest aspect in Auburn’s game is the running attack, and quarterback Nick Marshall is incredibly comfortable in the system. Last year, Kansas State was one of the top 25 teams in the nation in rush defense, only behind TCU and Oklahoma in the Big 12.