Washington Huskies

Big 12 coaches preparing for some high-profile opening games

Kansas State's Bill Snyder let a slight chuckle when asked if playing a season opener at No. 8 Stanford was the sign of a change in scheduling philosophy for the veteran coach.

"Well, not in mine," Snyder said Monday. "But it's kind of the nature of the conference wanting everybody to play Power Five conference schools. So we've fallen in line with that."

The Wildcats are one of three Big 12 teams opening against a top-15 opponent, making the smallest of the Power Five leagues the only one with so many high-ranked non-conference openers. K-State's opener is Friday night, with third-ranked Oklahoma against No. 15 Houston in the home stadium of the NFL's...