Iowa State vs. Kansas State Prediction, Game Preview

    Iowa State vs. Kansas State prediction and game preview. The Cyclones look for their fourth win of the season as they travel to Manhattan to take on the Wildcats.

    September 26, 2016


    Can Kansas State (3-6) keep its bowl hopes alive? The Wildcats have yet to win a Big 12 game, but it battled hard against Baylor, TCU, and Oklahoma State. Losses are losses, though, and now it’s a must-win situation. Iowa State (3-7) is out of the post-season picture, but it almost pulled off the shocker against Oklahoma State last week in the home finale. Check out the Iowa State vs. Kansas State game preview and prediction.

    Iowa State vs. Kansas State Game Preview

    Broadcast

    Date: Saturday, Nov. 21
    Game Time: 12:00 pm
    Venue: Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, KS

    Network: FOX Sports 1

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    Why You Need To Care

    Iowa State is better than 3-7. The Cyclones have lost five of their last seven games but it’s not like there’s a cheap one in the bunch – Texas Tech was the worst of the defeats. The offense has some fun playmakers to build around, but it would be a huge help for the coaching staff to close strong with road wins over Kansas State and West Virginia. 5-7 will look several times better than 3-9.

    Kansas State is in the midst of a rough year with no luck whatsoever. There were chances to come up with a few wins in games that could’ve gone either way, but there wasn’t the firepower to get past TCU, Baylor or Oklahoma State. As bad as this year has been, this is when the record should start to come back to normal and expected with Iowa State and Kansas over the next two weeks. K-State can’t take Iowa State for granted, but if it can get to 5-6, the home game against West Virginia will be for a bowl.

    Why Iowa State Will Win

    There’s no Kansas State passing game – at least no consistency or efficiency to it. The Wildcats threw for a season-high 289 yards last week against Texas Tech, but it wasn’t nearly enough to keep up the pace in the shootout loss. It’s been a rough run with just four touchdown passes and seven interceptions over the last four games, and with just one game in the last five with more than half the passes completed. Iowa State’s biggest problem has been stopping good air shows – no worries about that this week.

    Why Kansas State Will Win

    The Iowa State run defense hasn’t been a prize, either. The secondary has been the bigger concern, but the Cyclone front seven gets gouged way too often and way too easily. Kansas State doesn’t have most conventional of ground games, but when it’s working, it’s effective enough to control the game with 228 yards and six scores against TCU and 258 yards and two touchdowns against Baylor. Iowa State has allowed three rushing touchdowns in three of the last four games and four of the last six. Over those six games – ever since stuffing Kansas – the Cyclones have allowed 14 rushing scores.

    Player Who Matters

    This isn’t hard. When Joe Hubener is running well, the Kansas State offense works. The Wildcat quarterback ran for 111 yards and four touchdowns against TCU, 153 yards and two scores against Baylor, and last week, despite being held to nine yards on 14 carries, he barreled for three touchdowns against Texas Tech. While he threw for a season-high 289 yards and two touchdowns against the Red Raiders, he needs to be able to get the ground attack working to control the game and do what the offense likes to do.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    Expect a fun game. Kansas State will run well, Iowa State will throw well, and the Wildcats will come through with a good enough fourth quarter to keep the season alive.

    Iowa State vs. Kansas State Prediction

    Final Score: Kansas State 34, Iowa State 27, Line: Kansas State -6, o/u: 54.5

    Must See Rating: 5: The Night Before – 1: Donny! … 2

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