|Collin Klein averaged 11.6 yards per carry last week and ran for two touchdowns against Kansas. (AP)|
Kickoff: Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (FX)
Spread: Kansas State by 6.5
Watchability: Over the last four years, these two teams have played great games. Kansas State has won every one by eight points or less, including a 30-23 win last year in a game that was tied in the fourth quarter. Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads is known for pulling off upsets against ranked opponents, including last week's win at TCU, and this could be considered a trap game for Kansas State with a trip to West Virginia next on the schedule. This has all the makings of another close game between two teams that play similar styles.
Shining stars: Kansas State: QB Collin Klein. Last week against Kansas it looked like coach Bill Snyder was trying to win the game without putting too much mileage on Klein. Klein ran the ball only 10 times and sat out most the fourth quarter. He should be well rested for Iowa State. And for good reason, last season he ran it against 26 times against the Cyclones. Iowa State: LB Jake Knott. If Klein keys in on a receiver too long, he might get his eyes read by Knott. The cerebral linebacker picked off TCU QB Trevone Boykin near the goal line last week ending TCU's chances at a comeback. He has two interceptions this year to go along with a team-best 44 tackles.
Who could steal the show: Kansas State: RB John Hubert. The argument could be made that Hubert has been K-State's biggest star this season. He has run for 532 yards, averaging seven yards per carry. He also has a Big 12-best eight rushing touchdowns. Iowa State: WR Josh Lenz. Lenz helped QB Jared Barnett have a successful first start. Lenz caught five passes against TCU and three of them went for a touchdown. He also had a passing TD.
You going? Ranking the road trip: Iowa State is ranked in the Coaches Poll this week for the first time since November 2005. This is probably Rhoads' best team and K-State is undefeated. Combine all that and Jack Trice Stadium should be a fun place to watch a game on Saturday.
Magic number for Kansas State: 14.2. Want more proof that Kansas State plays some of the cleanest, smartest football in the country? The Wildcats are the least-penalized team in the nation, averaging only 14.2 penalty yards per game. The Cats will want to keep it clean against the Cyclones, whose opponents have racked up more penalty yards (59.8 per game) than any Big 12 team.
Magic number for Iowa State: 115.8. Iowa State is one of the Big 12's best defenses and has allowed only 115.8 rushing yards per game. To beat the Wildcats, the Cyclones are going to have to figure out a way to keep their rushing yards in check. Last year, K-State won by running for 346 yards.
The game comes down to: Turnovers. The Cyclones seem to defy the fact that you have to win the turnover battle to win in the Big 12. They've been on the wrong side of turnover margin three of their five games; however, to win this game, they can't lose the turnover battle. The Wildcats lead the Big 12 in turnover margin (plus-10), and they take advantage of every mistake.
Prediction: Kansas State 27, Iowa State 20
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