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It’s the latest edition of Kansas State’s war of attrition with Iowa State.

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Kansas State will take on Iowa State at Bill Snyder Family Stadium at 7 PM tonight. As is only fair for these two teams, it will be cold and snowy at kickoff. This is the 107th meeting between the schools, in the Big 12’s longest uninterrupted series. Iowa State leads the all-time series 52-50-4. This is the closest the Wildcats are to being even in a series against an old Big 8 opponent.

All the details you could possibly want are in the How To Watch post, as always.

It’s Senior Night in Manhattan, and the program will be saying goodbye to 25 players who have been key contributors in the Chris Klieman era, including offensive line stalwarts Hayden Gillum and Christian Duffie.

The purple-clad team is better this year, at least on paper. The Wildcats are 8-3 on the season, while the Cyclones are 6-5, and are statistically better on offense and defense. But other than that, there is not much to separate the two squads. Will Howard and Iowa State’s freshman signal caller, Rocco Becht, are close in passing yardage for the year, with Howard just edging ahead on the TD-to-INT ratio. Of concern here, the Cyclones’ secondary has intercepted opposing quarterbacks a conference-leading 15 times this season.

DJ Giddens is 49 yards short of a 1000-yard season, and this might be where Kansas State can really stand out, especially if the weather turns out to be as bad as predicted. In a stat that will seem odd to anyone even moderately familiar with Iowa State football, the Cyclones have really struggled on the ground. On the other hand, the Cyclones’ run defense has been great, only giving up about 125 yards a game. In other words, something has to give.

Let’s assume playing at home, where Kansas State has been perfect this year, makes all the difference.

Let’s go, Cats! Win the dang day!

(As always, this is your early game open thread)