Stephen F. Austin might have had a chance to sneak up on host Kansas State in Saturday's season opener. But those hopes likely were dashed a year ago by fellow FCS member North Dakota State, which dealt the Wildcats a 24-21 season-opening loss. That shocker set the tone for Kansas State's 2-4 start, and it's not likely to be forgotten in Manhattan come kickoff time when the No. 21 Wildcats and Lumberjacks meet for the first time.Stephen F. Austin, coming off a 3-9 season, certainly is not the Bison, who went on to win their third straight FCS title last winter. Regardless, however, Bill Snyder's squad can't afford to get caught sneaking any peeks at the upcoming schedule. The Big 12 opener at Iowa State is a week away, and a Sept. 18 home date with BCS national champion runner-up Auburn follows 12 days later.TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, K-StateHD.TV. LINE: NoneABOUT STEPHEN F. AUSTIN (2013: 3-9): Despite leading the FCS in passing and finishing second in total offense last season, SFA features a new coach and quarterback, and they share the same surname. Clint Conque takes the coaching reins after a 105-59 run in 14 seasons with Southland Conference rival Central Arkansas, while son Zach is expected to start under center after transferring from FBS Texas-San Antonio. The Lumberjacks' top offensive threat is senior tailback Gus Johnson, who's been an All-Southland selection in each of the last two seasons.ABOUT KANSAS STATE (2013: 8-5): The Wildcats bring back 12 starters from a team which finished on a 6-1 roll, including a 31-14 victory over Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. A pair of 2013 All-Americans - senior wide receiver Tyler Lockett and senior defensive end Ryan Mueller - highlight the returning cast as does senior quarterback Jake Waters, who is the school's career passing-efficiency leader. A fresh face to keep an eye on is sophomore Charles Jones, named this week as the Wildcats' starting tailback.EXTRA POINTS1. Stephen F. Austin steps up to take on a Big 12 foe for the third time in four seasons, losing to Baylor 48-0 in 2011 and Texas Tech 61-13 last year. 2. Kansas State won 23 of its last 24 home openers, with last season's loss to North Dakota State the only blemish.3. Waters will be the fifth returning starting QB under Snyder since 1998, and the other four - Michael Bishop ('98), Jonathan Beasley ('00), Ell Roberson ('03) and Collin Klein ('12) - have guided the Wildcats to double-digit win seasons.PREDICTION: Kansas State 59, Stephen F. Austin 14