Vanderbilt and Kansas State are set to face off in front of a national television audience Saturday, Sept. 16 in Nashville, ESPN network officials announced today.
The Commodores and Wildcats will kick off at 6:30 p.m. CT in Vanderbilt Stadium. The key nonconference game will air on ESPNU.
This will mark just the second meeting ever between Vanderbilt and Kansas State, a member of the Big 12 Conference. In the previous matchup, the Commodores notched a 26-14 home victory in 1984.
The Commodores will open the 2017 campaign on the road, traveling down Interstate 24 to face Middle Tennessee in Murfreesboro on Saturday, Sept. 2. Kickoff for the opener is 7 p.m. CT, with CBS Sports Network providing television coverage.
Kick times have not been announced for Vanderbilt's games against SEC opponents and remaining nonconference games against Alabama A&M on Sept. 9 and Western Kentucky on Nov. 4.
K-State, guided by legendary head coach Bill Snyder, is coming off an excellent 2016 campaign. The Wildcats finished 9-4 overall last year, capping the season with a victory over Texas A&M in the 2016 AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl.
Snyder, a College Football Hall of Famer, enters the 26th year directing the Wildcats with an overall record of 202-105-1. He ranks third nationally among active FBS coaches in career victories.
The Commodores played in the Independence Bowl in 2016, head coach Derek Mason's third season on campus. The campaign was highlighted by a road win over Georgia and impressive late-season home victories over Ole Miss and No. 17 Tennessee.
The 2017 September game is part of a home-and-home series between the Commodores and Wildcats. Vanderbilt is scheduled to travel to the KSU campus in Manhattan on Sept. 19, 2020.
Vanderbilt will open SEC play this season on Sept. 23 when they host Alabama for the first time in a decade. Other conference foes coming to Nashville this season are Georgia on Oct. 7, Kentucky on Nov. 11 and Missouri on Nov. 18.
Season tickets for the Commodores' seven-game home slate starts at only $308 for premium sideline seats and $178 for reserve end-zone sections of Vanderbilt Stadium. Season tickets can be purchased online here, by calling the Vanderbilt Athletics Ticket Office at 615-322-GOLD, or in person during regular business hours at the McGugin Athletic Center, located at 2601 Jess Neely Drive in Nashville.