After last week, maybe anything is possible. Of course, given K-State’s dominance over the visitors, that’s a sword with an edge on the wrong side of the blade.
Kansas State (6-5, 4-4 Big 12) hosts the Iowa State Cyclones (7-4, 5-3 Big 12). Under Bill Snyder, K-State has a 21-4 edge over the Cyclones; earlier this season, Snyder won his 22nd game against Kansas, and will be trying to put Iowa State back on the Jayhawks’ level. Iowa State has a slim edge in the overall series at 49-47-4, but K-State has the better of things in Manhattan with a 26-21-1 mark.
It’s Senior Day in Manhattan, which means we bid farewell to 18 Wildcats. Nine reserves:
- Offensive lineman Bryce Fitzner (Poway, Calif.)
- Defensive tackle Ray Price (Long Beach, Calif.)
- Defensive end C.J. Reese (San Antonio, Tex.)
- Offensive lineman Glenn Williams (Coppell, Tex.)
- Linebacker Tyler White (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
- Long snapper Drew Scott (Cedar Rapids, Ia.)
- Defensive back Brogan Barry (Topeka, Kan.)
- Defensive end Davis Clark (Overland Park, Kan.)
- Defensive back Sean Newlan (Prairie Village, Kan.)
And the starters:
- Holder Mitch Lochbihler (Charlotte, N.C.)
- Punter Nick Walsh (Lyndon, Kan.)
- Kicker Matthew McCrane (Brownwood, Tex.)
- Defensive back Cre Moore (Broken Arrow, Okla.)
- Linebacker Jayd Kirby (Blooming Grove, Tex.)
- Linebacker Trent Tanking (Holton, Kan.)
- Defensive end Tanner Wood (Conway Springs, Kan.)
- Defensive tackle Will Geary (Topeka, Kan.)
- and last but certainly not least, quarterback Jesse Ertz (Burlington, Ia.)
That’s a lot of names we’re going to miss a whole bunch.
Well, this is weird. K-State opened as 2½-point favorites, and now the line is -3. Apparently either bettors haven’t figured out that Iowa State is actually good now, or they’re seeing a good reason why K-State will pull this out. The over is 49½, indicating a 26-23 win for the Cats. OddsShark largely concurs with their prediction, but thinks the Cyclones will cover at 29-28.
Saturday, November 25 at 2:30pm CT, Bill Snyder Family Stadium (50,000) in Manhattan, Kansas.
It’s sold out, and secondary market tickets aren’t particularly cheap. There are sections in the south end zone where there’s not a single seat available, and we can probably give credit to the Iowa State fanbase for gobbling up tickets folks can’t use. The lowest price is $31, the average is $42, and if you don’t want to sit in the upper deck you may as well resign yourself to parting with a Benjamin to grab a pair of seats.
ESPN2 with Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, and Roddy Jones. It’s the third straight week this crew has drawn the K-State game.
K-State Sports Network, with Wyatt Thompson, Stan Weber, and Matt Walters, also available on satellite on Sirius 132/XM 199. The Iowa State broadcast with John Walters, Eric Heft, and Ben Bruns can be heard in, well, Iowa on the Cyclone Radio Network. No word on whether there will be a pre-game cage match between Matt and John for the rights to their surname.