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Bring on the PodCats with the Des Moines Register’s Danny Lawhon

As Farmageddon approaches we turn to a friend of the podcast for insights on one of the Big 12’s best defenses and how Matt Campbell’s blueprint for success could be applied to the post-Snyder era — and why it’s a little different.

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NCAA Football: Iowa State at Texas
Iowa State seems to have found another good QB in freshman Brock Purdy.
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Last Saturday’s results in Austin and Manhattan served to at least give us a little hope that Kansas State can avoid disaster as it seeks bowl eligibility at No. 25 Iowa State. But it’s still going to be very much an uphill battle for the Cats, largely because of a formidable defense that was a primary focus of our discussion with Danny Lawhon, assistant sports editor at the Des Moines Register. We also learned a little more about freshman quarterback Brock Purdy, the main reason the Cyclones’ offense went from mediocre early in the season to virtually unstoppable during a five-game win streak that ended at Texas.

We also spent some considerable time discussing what makes Matt Campbell a rising star and whether it’s something K-State could replicate in the post-Snyder era. Danny is a true believer (who isn’t?) and says some Iowa State fans even think Campbell will stay in Ames longer than you might think, while JT VanGilder believes the smart, hardworking approach behind the Campbell transformation in Ames sounds awfully familiar.

Be sure to stick around until the end, when all three of us predict a crazy ending that would allow Kansas State to defy the odds and extend its Farmageddon winning streak to 11 games. You should also check out the Des Moines Register’s ISU coverage and follow Danny on Twitter @dannylawhon.

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