Oct 7, 2017; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks running back Khalil Herbert (10) is tackled by Texas Tech Red Raiders defensive back Vaughnte Dorsey (15) in the second half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
What: Iowa State (3-2, 1-1) vs. Kansas
When: Saturday at 11 a.m.
Where: Jack Trice Stadium
Line: Iowa State (-22.5)
Chris Williams, Cyclone Fanatic Publisher
Honestly the only thing that concerns me about Iowa State covering the spread in this one is the weather. I checked out this matchup over at CFBAnalytics.com and Kansas’ defense is astoundingly bad. This game reminds me of Akron. I have a feeling we’ll walk away after seeing Iowa State win by 24 and say, “Didn’t play that well” following an inevitable letdown following the largest upset in school history.
The Pick: Iowa State 38, Kansas 14
Brent Blum, Cyclone Fanatic Columnist
Kansas hasn’t won a Big 12 road game since it won in Ames over NINE years ago in 2008. The head coaches for that one: Gene Chizik and Mark Mangino. That is incredible. I believe that streak lasts at least another game, but this one is more competitive than most think.
The Pick: Iowa State 34, Kansas 21
Rob Gray, Cyclone Fanatic Staff Writer
The Cyclones are saying all the “right” things entering this year’s matchup with Kansas but flattery will happily get them nowhere near a close game. Another efficient offensive performance coupled with a now-routinely solid defensive effort allows ISU to run away and hide from the still-rebuilding Jayhawks. Side prediction: Kempt to Lazard x 2.
The Pick: Cyclones 45, KU 20
Jeff Woody, Cyclone Fanatic Analyst
The Pick: Iowa State 42, Kansas 14
Kevin Fitzpatrick, Cyclone Fanatic Contributor
Jay Jordan, Cyclone Fanatic Analyst
Rain or not, this game should not be over thought by the fan or the team. Kansas can move the ball, but they are a turnover machine, and while their defense has some talented individuals they are a mess as a whole. ISU shows continued defensive discipline and exploits a vulnerable rush defense to the tune of more than 200 yards on the ground. Iowa State can counter their tendencies on offense and defense and make Kansas look silly, if they are willing or need to do so. I am going with the line and another confidence building win heading in to a grudge match (for Tech) and toss up game in Lubbock.
The Pick: Iowa State 42, Kansas 20
Jared Stansbury, Cyclone Fanatic Staff Writer