Welcome back Wildcats. After a week off for the Kansas State football team to get rested and repaired, the Cats return to action this week for the 105th meeting with Iowa State. Yeah, get hype, it’s FARMAGEDDON.
Last time out, the Wildcats offense was renewed by the return of Skylar Thompson. He didn’t run, as he was still protecting his healing knee, but that seemed to make him that much more effective through the air. Skylar had one of the best throwing days of his career while leading his team to near-victory over the visiting Sooners. With Skylar in the lineup, the Wildcats offense just works better, and that’s going to be critical against a tough Cyclones defense.
Speaking of defense, the Wildcats have struggled in recent weeks on that side of the football. Losing Khalid Duke was a massive blow, but the K-State coaches should have had enough time to figure out how to modify the scheme to plug that hole. Other injuries around the defense haven’t helped either, but most of the guys who were banged up going into the OU game are reported to be rested and ready for this weekend. And having that unit healthy could be the difference in this game. Iowa State’s offense is a bit of an enigma, and while Breece Hall is likely to get his yards, the K-State defense needs to limit Brock Purdy and the Cyclones aerial attack. Forcing a turnover or two would be very helpful.
This game is a toss-up. These two teams are pretty even right now. But the home team has won each of the last four games, and the Wildcats have their sights set on avenging the 45-0 loss last season in Ames. The Wildcats should have a slight edge in this game, but it’s going to take a good, clean game from the home team to pull out the victory.
No more bad bounces for the Wildcats today, please.
We’ve got FARMAGEDDON under the lights, with a 6:30pm CT kickoff from Bill Snyder Family Stadium being aired on ESPN2 with Clay Matvick (play-by-play), Rocky Boiman (analyst), and Tiffany Blackmon (sidelines) on the call. The game should also be available streaming via WatchESPN, if you already have the correct TV subscription.
If for some reason you don’t get ESPN2, or can’t access the stream, 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 132, XM Channel 200, and available on the The Varsity Network app. Live stats are available at k-statesports.com, and Twitter updates (@KStateFB) will also be a part of the coverage.