CF STAFF PICKS: Kansas State

Nov 3, 2018; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Kansas State Wildcats head coach Bill Snyder during the second half against the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Williams – Iowa State 24, Kansas State 16

For the first time in a long time, I don’t think there is any doubt that Iowa State is the better team heading into this one. I do have some concerns about the Cyclones though. For one, the defense seems to be a bit worn down at this point in the season. Still, K-State isn’t exactly dynamic on offense so I expect Jon Heacock to have a nice plan installed. Offensively, Brock Purdy really struggled in Texas, which shouldn’t have been a total shock. I do believe that K-State saw a decent plan of attack by the Longhorns and will bring a LOT of pressure defensively.

Jared Stansbury – Iowa State 28, Kansas State 24

I feel confident in Iowa State winning this game, but it certainly will not be easy. It never is against the Wildcats. I see the Cyclones leading most of the game. It will not be comfortable until the clock hits zeros though.

Brent Blum – Iowa State 20, Kansas State 17

In K-State’s notes that they send out each week, they have a section called “Drawing First Blood” can only assume that is a nod to the legendary CF nickname. Amazingly though, Snyder has nearly a 95 percent winning percentage when leading at the half. Cyclones better not mess with a slow start again this week. This is a low possession game.

Rob Gray – Iowa State 28, Kansas State 13

Better team will win, but it could be a grinder. Probably should be, given how both programs want to play offensively. ISU simply out-executes K-State and stamps out that interminable 10-year skid against Snyder’s bunch.

Jeff Woody – Kansas State 27, Iowa State 25
The streak is broken. No, not the Iowa State streak. My being wrong streak. The magic is gone. I can pick Iowa State again, right? Wrong! My superstition knows no bounds.
Jay Jordan – Iowa State 17, Kansas State 15

How resilient is Iowa State?  We will find out. The opponent is playing for bowl eligibility and will bring the house.  I am expecting a Texas hangover with a second-half comeback. Will it be enough?

Kirk Haaland – Iowa State 27, Kansas State 13

I’ve been looking forward to this opportunity to finally beat Kansas State for most of this season, mostly because of their struggles and the thought of blowing them out was pretty appealing.

But as usual, they have improved while the Cyclone defense has some injuries it is trying to overcome. It may be a bit closer on the scoreboard than we’d like but don’t let that “we is me” Cyclone fan inside of you scare you too bad.
Kevin Fitzpatrick – Iowa State 23, Kansas State 20

Everything about this game, at least as it pertains to this season so far, points to an Iowa State win. Everything about this series, pertaining to the past 10 years especially, points to Kansas State pulling a win out of their butts. I’ll be very surprised if it’s more than a one-score victory no matter who prevails, but I can’t pick against the power of the almighty black uniforms. Roll Clones.

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.