The Kansas State Wildcats (7-4, 4-4 Big 12) host the 22nd-ranked Iowa State Cyclones (7-4, 5-3 Big 12) in the 103rd edition of FARMAGEDDON. For K-State, what’s at stake is a finish in the top half of the conference, a nicer bowl bid (maybe even their first-ever trip to a bowl game in Florida), and to once again close to within a single game of the Cyclones all-time. For Iowa State, only the bowl bid is really at stake here, although the possibility of finishing with sole possession of third place in the Big 12 is within reach.
Should K-State (and Oklahoma Sooners) win today, there will be a four-way tie for third place between the Wildcats, Cyclones, Oklahoma State Cowboys, and Texas Longhorns. Per official tiebreaking procedures, since Texas and Oklahoma State will have gone 2-1 within the mini-group while Iowa State and K-State will have gone 1-2, Texas would take third place by virtue of their win over the Cowboys, who’d be fourth; K-State would claim fifth place over the Clones.
So maybe Iowa State has something major at stake here after all.
(If the Cowboys win Bedlam and K-State loses, the Cowboys would finish third and there would be a three-way round-robin tie between K-State, Texas, and Iowa State. Breaking that tie would actually put K-State in fourth place by virtue of beating Oklahoma, with Iowa State fifth and Texas sixth.)
The Wildcats rebounded from a pair of agonizing defeats to escape Lubbock with a 30-27 win over Texas Tech Red Raiders last week.
Iowa State also won last week, but relatively speaking they struggled with Kansas Jayhawks, only posting a 41-31 victory at home.
Last year, the Cyclones ended Bill Snyder’s career and prevented K-State from going to the post-season with a heartbreaking 42-38 win at Jack Trice Stadium. The loss didn’t just cost K-State a bowl game, it also prevented the Wildcats from tying the all-time series.
That series is now 50-48-4 in favor of the Cyclones, although since Bill Snyder’s arrival in Manhattan the Wildcats lead 24-5 and have won 10 of the last 11 meetings. The last time K-State lost to Iowa State in Manhattan was in 2004.
The odds on the game have fluctuated, but they’ve moved closer to K-State’s favor. Iowa State is favored by 4.5 as of this morning, with the over set at 45. That suggests a 25-20 win for the hated enemy.
Kickoff will be at 6 p.m. CST Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium (50,000) in Manhattan, Kansas. Temperature at kickoff is expected to be a brisk 39 degrees, but isn’t expected to drop much through the evening. Rain is not expected.
There are still a very few tickets available from the ticket office in scattered locations on the corners. Mid-field and end zone seating is completely gobbled up. There are lots of ducats available on the secondary market, however, including a ton of seats up for sale in the south end zone and a surprising and disappointing number available on the K-State sideline.
The game will once again air on FS1, with Brian Custer on play-by-play alongside analyst Robert Smith. FS1 is available for streaming to cable and satellite subscribers who get FS1 in their subscription package via the FOX Sports GO app.
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play), Stan Weber (analyst), and Matt Walters (sidelines) will call the game for the K-State Sports Network on the radio. In addition to terrestrial radio, the game will be carried on Sirius channel 98, XM Channel 200, and the TuneIn app.
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