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Kansas State takes on Iowa State tonight

Kansas v Iowa State Photo by David K Purdy/Getty Images

Kansas State (3-2, 0-2) plays Iowa State (3-2, 1-1) at Bill Snyder Family Stadium today. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 PM, and the game will be available on, you guessed it, ESPN+. As usual, details are in the How To Watch post.

As you probably know by now, the series between the two schools is one of the longest in college football history, and the two teams have met every year without interruption since 1917. Iowa State currently leads the series 51-49-4. For much of its history, the game didn’t matter to either team, but it is quietly—and quickly—turning into a heated rivalry.

This year’s edition of Farmageddon features two teams whose seasons have not quite lived up to expectation. The Wildcats last two outings have been disappointing, but Kansas State showed flashes of brilliance, and signs of being a team on the rise. Iowa State’s season is mostly headed in the opposite direction. A blowout win over Kansas has restored some confidence, but the Cyclones began the season as a Top 10 team, a favorite to return to the Big 12 Championship Game. In other words, Kansas State is looking for redemption here (though it’s not a must-win game), but it’s critical for the Cyclones to make a big statement, especially as Iowa State is still technically in the Big 12 hunt.

For their part, the Wildcats are still steamed about the 45-0 beatdown they suffered at Iowa State’s hands last season. They may have history on their side here. Iowa State has not won a game in Manhattan since 2004, and have lost 11 of the last 13 games against the Wildcats. Then again, weird things happen when these two teams play. I remember the absolutely bizarre finish in the 2015 Farmageddon game like it was yesterday.

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Iowa State may not be the preseason juggernaut we expected, but the Cyclones are still an excellent team. Brock Purdy is good enough to change the tenor of a game, and Breece Hall has to be contained for the Wildcats to have any shot in this game. Oh, and Iowa State’s defense is currently the best in the Big 12.

I’m not confident Kansas State will be able to pull this off. But I guess the Wildcats just have to keep pounding the stone and winning the dang day. Fingers crossed,

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