IT’S FARMAGEDDON TIME
This game has been nothing if not wildly entertaining over the last decade. Iowa State has often found new and inventive ways to lose this game, regardless if it was Paul Rhodes or Matt Campbell on the sideline. Especially that 2015 game — you know, the one that basically got Rhodes fired.
Though Bill Snyder made his own entry into the craziness coaching the final game of his illustrious career back in 2018, as his team gave up a 38-21 lead near the start of the fourth quarter to lose 42-38 and cause Iowa State fans to get all excited about things. Thank goodness Chris Klieman showed up to bring them back to Earth.
There is no sense in trying to predict this game, because by very nature this game is unpredictable. Kansas State’s two best teams of the last decade barely eeked out wins in Ames, struggling with teams loaded with K-State legends like Collin Klein, Arthur Brown, and Tyler Lockett. No one in this series has won by more than six points in Ames since 2007, when Gene Chizik beat Ron Prince by 11 on a cold and kinda rainy day (that I’m still bitter about because I was actually at that game).
But this is Iowa State’s best team since some dude named Sage Rosenfels was playing in Ames, so if Matt Campbell wants to become the first coach sine Bill Snyder arrived in Manhattan to win consecutive games in Ames, this is his best opportunity. Yeah, the Cyclones won back-to-back games in Ames in 2005 & 2007, but those wins were split between Dan McCarney and Chizik. Jim Walden, beating Stan Parrish in 1987 and Snyder in 1989, was the last ISU coach to even win more than one game against K-State in Ames during his career.
Matt Campbell wants to make history in Ames. Let’s hope the Wildcats are ready to spoil his party (again).
Two games in a row for the afternoon time-slot, as the 3:00pm CT kickoff will be shown nationally on FOX, with (presumably in Manhattan) Tim Brando (play-by-play) and Spencer Tillman (analyst) on the call. The game should also be available streaming via Fox Sports Go. Be sure and check out Jon’s complete How To Watch guide for more info.
If for some reason you don’t get FOX, or can’t access the stream (or just really don’t want to have your brain explode listening to Brando & Tillman), the game can be heard across the 39-station K-State Sports Network with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play), former K-State quarterback Stan Weber (analyst), and Matt Walters (sidelines) calling the action. The game will also be on Sirius channel 106, XM Channel 382, and available on the TuneIn app. Live stats are available at k-statesports.com, and Twitter updates (@KStateFB) will also be a part of the coverage.