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Iowa State vs. Kansas State: Preview and Prediction

NCAA Football: Kansas State at Iowa State

Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming Big 12 game in our Iowa State vs. Kansas State preview and prediction.

Game Info

3:00 p.m. Central Time, Saturday November 21st, 2020, Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, Iowa.

TV: FOX

Radio: K-State Sports Network (Wyatt Thompson); Cyclones Radio Network (John Walters)

Spread: Iowa State (-11)

Fun Fact: Since 2008, Kansas State is 11-1 against Iowa State with the Cyclones last win coming the last time these two played in Ames.

 

Key Players

QB Will Howard

Will Howard is not a guy who scares a lot of people with his arm as he has thrown just five touchdown passes along with five interceptions this season. Of course, his completion percentage does not help either as he is completing just 54.4% of his passes. However, his athletic ability and his big 6’4 frame is what makes him difficult to defend at times. Despite just two rushing touchdowns, Will is averaging five yards per carry and adds another threat to the Kansas State rushing attack.

DE Wyatt Hubert

Who else could it be in this spot? Wyatt is a one-man wrecking crew on the Kansas State defense. He has five and a half sacks on the season and is third in the Big 12 in tackles for loss. This is a guy who can always make a big play at any time and Iowa State needs to pay attention to him.

Iowa State Cyclones

QB Brock Purdy

Normally, I would but Breece Hall here, but I do believe Kansas State will sell out to stop the run. With that said, Brock Purdy is going to have to make some plays through the air. Brock has not had the season we thought he would, but the talent is still there. Maybe it is due to the lack of weapons in the passing game or the offensive line struggles but at some point, Brock will need to take his game up to another level this season if Iowa State wants to get to Jerry World.

DE JaQuan Bailey and Will McDonald

This dynamic duo has combined for ten and a half sacks this season and is capable of totally disrupting an offense. If Kansas State wants to throw the football, it better be quick because these two will cause havoc for any passing game.

 

Game Plan

Kansas State Wildcats

Kansas State wants to run the clock and run the football. They love to control games, but I do believe it will not be easy against this Iowa State front. If the Wildcats want to run the football successfully, I expect them to get a little creative with it by having some motion or misdirection in the offense. From there, let Will Howard play off the run game along with using his legs as another rushing threat. Defensively, the focus will be stopping Breece Hall at all costs.

Iowa State Cyclones

I just mentioned that Kansas State will sell out to stop Breece Hall and that means Brock Purdy and his receiving group will need to step it up a notch. Charlie Kolar is a great tight end, but the Cyclones need someone on the outside to emerge. Maybe it is Xavier Hutchinson or someone else, but they desperately need a wide out to become a number one option. As for the defense, it is simple. Force Will Howard to throw the football. The best thing to do against a team like Kansas State is jumping out to an early lead and making them throw their way back in.

Prediction

Iowa State 28 Kansas State 21

The Cyclones are the more talented team, they’re home and they’re going up against a freshman QB who is leading a team that has been hampered by COVID-19 issues in recent days. It might be closer than some experts and Vegas believes, but the Cyclones will pull this one out in Farmageddon.

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