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Kansas State-Iowa State football preview


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


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. 30North Dakota StateL, 24-21
Sept. 7Louisiana-LafayetteW, 48-27
Sept. 14MassachusettsW, 37-7
Sept. 21at TexasL, 31-21
Oct. 5at Oklahoma StateL, 33-29
Oct. 12BaylorL, 35-25
Oct. 26West VirginiaW, 35-12
SaturdayIowa State2:30 p.m.
Nov. 9at Texas Tech11 a.m.
Nov. 23OklahomaTBA
Nov. 30at KansasTBA
IOWA STATE (1-6, 0-4 Big 12)
Date Opponent Result/time
Aug. 31Northern IowaL, 28-20
Sept. 14IowaL, 27-21
Sept. 26at TulsaW, 38-21
Oct. 3TexasL, 31-30
Oct. 12at Texas TechL, 42-35
Oct. 19at BaylorL, 71-7
Oct. 26Oklahoma StateL, 58-27
Saturdayat Kansas State2:30 p.m.
Nov. 9TCU11 a.m.
Nov. 16at OklahomaTBA
Nov. 23KansasTBA
Nov. 30at West VirginiaTBA
P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR16Tyler Lockett5-11175Jr.
LT78Cornelius Lucas6-9328Sr.
LG55Cody Whitehair6-4309So.
C66B.J. Finney6-4303Jr.
RG79Keenan Taylor6-4290Sr.
RT73Tavon Rooks6-5280Sr.
TE18Andre McDonald6-8278Sr.
WR14Curry Sexton5-11183Jr.
WR86Tramaine Thompson5-8167Sr.
QB15Jake Waters6-1210Jr.
RB33John Hubert5-7191Sr.
K3Jack Cantele6-0193So.
P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE44Ryan Mueller6-2245Jr.
DT98Chaquil Reed6-3309Sr.
DT95Travis Britz6-4293So.
DE45Marquel Bryant6-3241So.
LB50Tre Walker6-3225Sr.
LB53Blake Slaughter5-10227Sr.
LB21Jonathan Truman5-11219Jr.
CB4Dorrian Roberts5-10168Sr.
FS12Ty Zimmerman6-1204Sr.
SS22Dante Barnett6-1186So.
CB15Randall Evans6-0190Jr.
P38Mark Krause5-11218Sr.
P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR6Tad Ecby6-0195So.
LT70Daniel Burton6-5302Fr.
LG76Jamison Lalk6-6295So.
C74Tom Farniok6-4295Jr.
RG77Oni Omoile6-3282So.
RT72Brock Dagel6-8297So.
TE11E.J. Bibbs6-3250Jr.
WR80Justin Coleman5-11188Sr.
WR9Quenton Bundrage6-2189So.
QB12Sam Richardson6-2205So.
TB2Aaron Wimberly5-9173Jr.
K1Cole Netten6-1205Fr.
P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE50Willie Scott6-2224Sr.
DT87David Irving6-7272Jr.
NG93Brandon Jensen6-5301Jr.
RE48Cory Morrissey6-4249Jr.
LB14Jared Brackens6-1210Jr.
LB52Jeremiah George5-11219Sr.
LB21Luke Knott6-0216Fr.
CB2Jansen Watson5-9174Sr.
FS5Jacques Washington6-1220Sr.
SS26Deon Broomfield6-0206Sr.
CB34Nigel Tribune5-10179Fr.
P13Kirby Van Der Kamp6-4211Sr.
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