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This one is to save the season. Win and keep hope alive. Lose and stay home for the holidays.

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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that wheat is better than corn, that Bill Snyder is better than Paul Rhoads, and that Kansas State is better than Iowa State in football. The last of these statements is about to get a severe test, as these two mediocre teams face off in a game of underwhelming proportions.

That's right. It's time for Farmageddon, so warm up your tractors and let's do this thing!

This edition of Farmageddon seems less interesting than in years past, but these two three-win teams still have plenty to play for (unattributed, Omaha World Herald).

Kansas State has lost six straight games now. Even for the more seasoned fans here, this is an unprecedented skid. But playing Iowa State offers at least some hope of getting bowl eligible. Indeed, most are predicting a win for the good guys in this edition of Farmageddon, including TB in our Kicking the Tires feature who expects a close game ending with a 30-28 score, and Kellis Robinett who calls for a 28-24 Kansas State win in his weekly K-State Q&A (Wichita Eagle).

Kansas State has struggled mightily in games where the Wildcats have fallen behind early, since our offense--such as it is--is not really equipped to score a lot of points quickly. With an 11 AM kickoff, a quick start becomes even more imperative (Ken Corbitt, Topeka Capital-Journal).

Iowa State is already out of bowl contention, but is determined to stop a skid of its own: a seven-game losing streak to Kansas State. The Cyclones have gotten close before, but have never been able to close it out before (Jim Sullivan, Quad City Times).

For those of us who will not be in Bill Snyder Family Stadium for the game, Jon Morse has all the TV/radio/streaming details in the How to Watch post. Also, Morse has the rest of your college football viewing covered with the Saturday CFB schedule.

It was touch-and-go for a while, but Kansas State had a strong second half to put away South Dakota 93-72 (K-State SID).

It's hard to read too much into the Wildcats perfect 3-0 start, but two things stand out. First, the team looks better than last year, with balance on offense and a more aggressive mindset on defense. Second, things are about to get much tougher, with a bout against old rival Missouri in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic on Monday, followed by a game with either Northwestern or top-ranked North Carolina after that (Robinett, Eagle).

Half-time adjustments were key for Kansas State this time. The team came into the second half attacking the inside and getting more opportunities at the free throw line, which spelled the difference in a tighter-than-expected game (Corbitt, Capital-Journal).

The VolleyCats are taking their hot streak on the road today. The team will take on No. 5 Texas in Austin. The Wildcats have won eight of their last nine matches, the lone loss coming to Texas in Bramlage earlier this season.

Kansas State is currently in third place in the Big 12 behind Texas and Kansas, and win today and against the Jayhawks later in the week would move the Wildcats into second place. Unfortunate, Texas is 15-1 at home this year, and this may be too high a mountain to climb for the VolleyCats.

The 3.5 people here with access to the Longhorn Network can watch the game live at 4 PM today.