Kansas State-Iowa State football preview

10/31/2013 1:54 PM

10/31/2013 8:53 PM

When/where:

2:30 p.m. Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan.

TV/radio:

Fox Sports 1; WHB (810 AM)

The series:

Iowa State leads 49-42-4

The line:

K-State by 17

What’s at stake

Kansas State can get back to .500 and within two victories of bowl eligibility with a victory over Iowa State. The Cyclones are trying to end a four-game losing streak and win their first conference game.

Cheers if

Jake Waters continues to hook up with Tyler Lockett. K-State’s offense is at its best when defenses fear the deep ball.

Jeers if

Iowa State takes an early lead in this one. If the Cyclones gain momentum or confidence, coach Paul Rhoads will keep them in the game until the end.

Three things about Iowa State

1 The Cyclones have lost four straight, and their defense has let them down along the way. Iowa State is allowing 50.5 points in Big 12 play.

2 Iowa State’s best player might be its punter, Kirby Van Der Kamp. He is averaging 43.6 yards per punt and has pinned teams within the 20 yard line 17 times.

3 The Cyclones usually play the Wildcats close, but they rarely win. K-State has won the past five meetings by single digits.

Key matchup

John Hubert vs. Iowa State’s defensive line:

Iowa State defends the run as poorly as any team in the country, allowing 217.7 yards per game. Hubert, a senior running back, is coming off one of his better games in which he ran for 86 yards and a touchdown. If he can top 100 yards against the Cyclones, the Wildcats will likely win.

K-STATE (3-4, 1-3 Big 12)
Date Opponent Result/time
Aug. 30 North Dakota State L, 24-21
Sept. 7 Louisiana-Lafayette W, 48-27
Sept. 14 Massachusetts W, 37-7
Sept. 21 at Texas L, 31-21
Oct. 5 at Oklahoma State L, 33-29
Oct. 12 Baylor L, 35-25
Oct. 26 West Virginia W, 35-12
Saturday Iowa State 2:30 p.m.
Nov. 9 at Texas Tech 11 a.m.
Nov. 16 TCU TBA
Nov. 23 Oklahoma TBA
Nov. 30 at Kansas TBA

IOWA STATE (1-6, 0-4 Big 12)
Date Opponent Result/time
Aug. 31 Northern Iowa L, 28-20
Sept. 14 Iowa L, 27-21
Sept. 26 at Tulsa W, 38-21
Oct. 3 Texas L, 31-30
Oct. 12 at Texas Tech L, 42-35
Oct. 19 at Baylor L, 71-7
Oct. 26 Oklahoma State L, 58-27
Saturday at Kansas State 2:30 p.m.
Nov. 9 TCU 11 a.m.
Nov. 16 at Oklahoma TBA
Nov. 23 Kansas TBA
Nov. 30 at West Virginia TBA
K-STATE OFFENSE
P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR 16 Tyler Lockett 5-11 175 Jr.
LT 78 Cornelius Lucas 6-9 328 Sr.
LG 55 Cody Whitehair 6-4 309 So.
C 66 B.J. Finney 6-4 303 Jr.
RG 79 Keenan Taylor 6-4 290 Sr.
RT 73 Tavon Rooks 6-5 280 Sr.
TE 18 Andre McDonald 6-8 278 Sr.
WR 14 Curry Sexton 5-11 183 Jr.
WR 86 Tramaine Thompson 5-8 167 Sr.
QB 15 Jake Waters 6-1 210 Jr.
RB 33 John Hubert 5-7 191 Sr.
K 3 Jack Cantele 6-0 193 So.

K-STATE DEFENSE
P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE 44 Ryan Mueller 6-2 245 Jr.
DT 98 Chaquil Reed 6-3 309 Sr.
DT 95 Travis Britz 6-4 293 So.
DE 45 Marquel Bryant 6-3 241 So.
LB 50 Tre Walker 6-3 225 Sr.
LB 53 Blake Slaughter 5-10 227 Sr.
LB 21 Jonathan Truman 5-11 219 Jr.
CB 4 Dorrian Roberts 5-10 168 Sr.
FS 12 Ty Zimmerman 6-1 204 Sr.
SS 22 Dante Barnett 6-1 186 So.
CB 15 Randall Evans 6-0 190 Jr.
P 38 Mark Krause 5-11 218 Sr.

IOWA STATE OFFENSE
P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR 6 Tad Ecby 6-0 195 So.
LT 70 Daniel Burton 6-5 302 Fr.
LG 76 Jamison Lalk 6-6 295 So.
C 74 Tom Farniok 6-4 295 Jr.
RG 77 Oni Omoile 6-3 282 So.
RT 72 Brock Dagel 6-8 297 So.
TE 11 E.J. Bibbs 6-3 250 Jr.
WR 80 Justin Coleman 5-11 188 Sr.
WR 9 Quenton Bundrage 6-2 189 So.
QB 12 Sam Richardson 6-2 205 So.
TB 2 Aaron Wimberly 5-9 173 Jr.
K 1 Cole Netten 6-1 205 Fr.

IOWA STATE DEFENSE
P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE 50 Willie Scott 6-2 224 Sr.
DT 87 David Irving 6-7 272 Jr.
NG 93 Brandon Jensen 6-5 301 Jr.
RE 48 Cory Morrissey 6-4 249 Jr.
LB 14 Jared Brackens 6-1 210 Jr.
LB 52 Jeremiah George 5-11 219 Sr.
LB 21 Luke Knott 6-0 216 Fr.
CB 2 Jansen Watson 5-9 174 Sr.
FS 5 Jacques Washington 6-1 220 Sr.
SS 26 Deon Broomfield 6-0 206 Sr.
CB 34 Nigel Tribune 5-10 179 Fr.
P 13 Kirby Van Der Kamp 6-4 211 Sr.
Kellis Robinett’s pick: K-State 38-24

Rhoads’ teams are good for at least one upset a year, but don’t expect one to happen this week. Iowa State is low on defensive playmakers and confidence after a 1-6 start. Now that the Wildcats are back at full strength, the Cyclones won’t be able to keep pace.

Kellis Robinett, krobinett@kcstar.com

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