There’s liable to be some fireworks in Manhattan today. And not just because it’s Fort Riley Day.
The Wildcats may need to mimic their army buddies to win this game, and should be able to keep this fight on the ground. The rushing attack’s back-to-four-headed monster has the potential for a big game this afternoon, and if they can keep the lines moving then they can keep the Cowboys grounded. But K-State will need some artillery support to keep the Cowboy defense honest. If Jesse Ertz can continue to show his improvement in the passing game then the Cats rushing attack can be that much more potent.
The Cowboys are coming into Bill Snyder Family Stadium this afternoon sporting a 6-2 record, and featuring a high-flying aerial attack behind the arm of Mason Rudolph. Rudolph ranks third in the Big 12 in both passing average and efficiency while throwing for 2,532 yards and 17 touchdowns with just two picks. He’s assisted by two of the Big 12’s top receivers in James Washington and Jalen McCleskey, who have combined for 92 catches, 1,459 yards and 11 scores. But the Cowboys have no real ground support to speak of, so will have trouble if the Cats can put some pressure on Rudolph and/or keep his targets covered.
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