Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming matchup between the Kansas Jayhawks and the Kansas State Wildcats.
Saturday, November 26, 2022; 7:00 p.m. CT; Bill Snyder Family Stadium; Manhattan, Kansas
TV: FOX (Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman)
Radio: Jayhawk Radio Network (Brian Hanni, David Lawrence, Brandon McAnderson); K-State Sports Network (Wyatt Thompson, Stan Weber, Matt Walters)
Records: Kansas (6-5, 3-5); Kansas State (8-3, 6-2)
Rankings: Kansas unranked; Kansas State ranked No. 12 (CFP Top 25)
Last Week: Texas 55, Kansas 14; Kansas State 48, West Virginia 31
Series History: Kansas leads 65-49-5
Last Meeting: Kansas State 35, Kansas 10
Favorite: Kansas State (-12)
Fun Fact: Kansas State has won each of the last 13 meetings in this contest dating back to 2008, the longest streak in this series’ 119-game history.
QB Jalon Daniels
Kansas star quarterback Jalon Daniels returned to action against Texas on Saturday and was a bit rusty but still had a good command of the offense, completing 17 of 26 passes for 230 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. He was shut down in the running game, however, with just rushing attempts for 12 yards in a game that got out of hand quickly. He will need to be more involved in the running game this week if KU wants a chance to win this game.
DE Lonnie Phelps
After a scorching hot start in which he had six sacks in the first six games, Kansas defensive end Lonnie Phelps has cooled off a bit. He hasn’t recorded a sack in any of the previous five games, but he will need to find a way to disrupt Will Howard in this game. If he doesn’t, and Howard is allowed to sit in the pocket and throw, it will be a long day for the road team.
Kansas State Wildcats
QB Will Howard
I believe Will Howard gives K-State the best chance to win a Big 12 championship in 2022, whether or not Adrian Martinez’s skill set is a better fit for Collin Klein’s scheme. Howard has completed 72 of 111 passes for 1,011 yards and 11 touchdowns with just two interceptions. No. 18 has this K-State offense rolling, and that should continue against the Jayhawks this week.
DE Felix Anudike-Uzomah
One of the best pass rushers in Kansas State history will play his final game in Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Saturday, and he has been nothing short of special for K-State in his time in Manhattan. Anudike-Uzomah has 7.5 sacks and two forced fumbles on the year, and should be a major factor in pressuring Jalon Daniels this week.
Can the Jayhawks continue the magical season and do something else for the first time in more than a decade? There have been a lot of bad streaks broken for the Jayhawks in 2022 and they would love nothing more than to add their 13-game losing streak to that list of things. It will take a Herculean effort from Jalon Daniels and an inspired performance from a reeling defense, but anything is possible in rivalry games.
Kansas State Wildcats
Win and get in. If Kansas State can beat its in-state rivals, the Wildcats will play in its first Big 12 Championship game in nearly 20 years. K-State just needs to take care of business at home and it will get a second chance at TCU and an almost-guaranteed spot in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, not to mention a 9-3 finish to the regular season.
PREDICTION: Kansas State 38, Kansas 24
K-State rolls in this game, and I think there are multiple things playing into this outcome. First of all, Kansas State has more to play for in this game and it seems that Kansas has already overachieved this season. That, coupled with what Deuce Vaughn brings in the running game against the Jayhawks is all I need to feel confident about K-State’s chances.