STAFF PICKS: Kansas Jayhawks

Oct 27, 2018; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks defensive tackle Daniel Wise (96) celebrates after a sack against TCU Horned Frogs quarterback Michael Collins (10) in the second half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Williams – iowa state 38, kansas 10

I actually think that Kansas winning last week was huge for Iowa State avoiding a bit of a trap here. Matt Campbell didn’t have to fabricate the dangers of this game. TCU proved his point. Iowa State knows what is on the line. Iowa State’s locker room leaders will make sure that the Cyclones show up ready to play and Iowa State will cruise one step closer to playing for a Big 12 championship on Dec. 1.

Jared Stansbury – iowa state 35, kansas 14

I don’t see the Cyclones having any problem with the Jayhawks in this one. Cyclones jump out early and hold on all afternoon.

Brent Blum – iowa state 31, kansas 17

I can’t express enough how sleepy of an atmosphere it is in Kansas compared to pretty much anywhere else. This is a create your own energy game. Slow start for Iowa State, but they cruise late. Beware the late garbage KU touchdown.

Rob Gray – iowa state 35, kansas 13

KU relies on forcing turnovers to win. The Cyclones don’t turn it over much. Better team wins and covers.

Jay Jordan – iowa state 40, kansas 10

Kansas is improved. Meh. Run the ball.  Run, run, run, pop.  That is how it works.  Pooka in the flat is dangerous.  But not dangerous enough.  Note: KU runs the ISU D. ISU offense might be familiar with it.

Jeff Woody – kansas 34, iowa state 20

Todd Reesing returns and dons the number 5 jersey for the Jayhawks and continues the resurrection. Mark Mangino is brought back by David Beatty to cantankerously patrol the sideline and yell at people for not wearing a 4XL letterman’s jacket.

Kevin Fitzpatrick – iowa state 38, kansas 16

The Adidas money can’t save you this time, Kansas. No way the ‘Clones overlook KU after last week’s upset of TCU. ISU wins comfortably.

Kirk Haaland – iowa state 31, kansas 17

With Kansas playing a bit better nowadays I’m tempted to say this game will be a closer than we’d all like. However, after last week’s sloppy (at times) performance and the opportunities that are ahead for this team, i think we’ll see a workmanlike but solid road victory over Kansas.

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.