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How to Watch: Iowa State at Kansas State

Snow plows may be required to get this game underway.

Nov 18, 2023; Ames, Iowa, USA; Iowa State Cyclones wide receiver Jayden Higgins (9) tries to avoid Texas Longhorns defensive back Malik Muhammad (5) during the game at Jack Trice Stadium.
Wheat, it is known, is the superior grain.
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Four years ago, K-State beat Iowa State 27-17 to close to within a single win in the all-time series.

Then COVID happened, and the Cyclones came within a field goal of tying their greatest-ever win against the Cats, and beat K-State pretty convincingly a year later too.

So here we are, for the third time in six years, with a chance for K-State to make it a one-game series again.

And the Big 12, in all its wisdom, has decided this game doesn’t need to be played annually. What comedy.

Unfortunately, nobody’s really playing for much of anything other than that series record now, as Friday night’s results knocked K-State out of contention for the Big 12 Championship game. However, the opportunity to finally play their first-ever bowl game in Florida is on the table if anyone needed concrete incentive.

The Game

The Kansas State Wildcats (8-3, 6-2 Big 12, 19 CFP) host the Iowa State Cyclones (6-5, 5-3 Big 12) for Farmageddon on Senior Night.

Iowa State leads the series 52-50-4. In Manhattan, K-State holds a 28-22-1 edge in the series. The longest winning streak in the series is ten games, which has happened three times: from 1943-52 for the Cyclones, and from 1994-2003 and 2008-2017 for K-State.

The Cyclones beat the first version of Bill Snyder’s Wildcats in 1989, but since then the Cats have gone 25-7 against their agricultural rivals and 20-6 in Big 12 play. After the 1936 game, K-State led the series 11-9, but from 1937-1989 Iowa State owned the series aside from a six-game winning streak for the Cats in the 1950s, which was the last time K-State had two consecutive winning seasons prior to Bill Snyder’s arrival.

Chris Klieman is 2-2 against the less snobby team from his home state, while Matt Campbell is 3-4 against the Wildcats. Campbell is 87-61 in his head coaching career, 52-46 at Iowa State.


Saturday, November 25, 7:00pm CT at Bill Snyder Family Stadium (50,000) in Manhattan, Kansas.


We’ll get to why in the next paragraph, but tickets for this one are excruciatingly cheap. Seats can be had on the secondary market for as low as $5, and there are lower-level seats going for as low as $22. The median price for the cheap seats is $10. It’s mostly the upper deck with wide availability, however; the average price downstairs is a more comprehensible $65, topping out at just over $100.


Putting it bluntly, it’s going to suck. The high temperature in Manhattan tomorrow is expected to be 32°, and it’ll only be 28° at game time, dropping into the lower 20s by the final gun. Oh, and there is a 90% chance of precipitation (read: snow, and 4-7 inches expected). That’s expected to start by noon, so your tailgate’s even going to be miserable, as will your trip to Manhattan. It’s no surprise tickets are suddenly available for less than a latte, as a winter weather advisory is in effect and the National Weather Service is recommending you not travel.


K-State opened as a 12-point favority, but the line has crept back a bit. The Cats are now a 10-point favorite per DraftKings, with the over at 45.5, suggesting a 28-18 win for K-State. The money line is +285 for the Cyclones, -360 for K-State. Oddsshark still expects the Cats to win, 34-29, but maybe their computer simulator doesn’t have snow figured in.


Prime time on FOX, with Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman, and Josh Sims assaulting your eardrums unless you mute and tune into Wyattvision.


As always, Wyatt Thompson, Stan Weber, and Matt Walters will be on hand on the K-State Sports Network as well as via satellite on SiriusXM 83, regardless of which SiriusXM platform you’re using.

Internet Streaming

The game will stream on the FOX Sports App, but a valid cable or satellite subscription is required. Audio available via Live stats provided by StatBroadcast.

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