Staff Picks: Kansas State Wildcats

Nov 16, 2019; Manhattan, KS, USA; Kansas State Wildcats running back Jordon Brown (6) tries to run past West Virginia Mountaineers safety Tykee Smith (23) during the second quarter of a game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Williams, Publisher – Iowa State 28, Kansas State 20

Here’s the deal: I have a lot of respect for Chris Klieman and what he has done this year in Manhattan but I think Iowa State has a more talented football team than K-State. I also know that Iowa State has a pretty darn good coach in its own right. I know that Bill Snyder Family Stadium has been a house of horrors in the past but this is a new era of Cyclone Football, right? 

Jared Stansbury, Staff Writer – Iowa State 30, Kansas State 24

Another heart-pounder, anxiety-inducer in Manhattan is coming. Let’s just hope it doesn’t come down to the wave of a pass interference flag being picked up.

Rob Gray, Senior Writer – Iowa State 28, Kansas State 24

I’m overseas so I can only provide cursory analysis. Klieman’s version of K-State is tough as nails, but I think talent wins out. 

Jay Jordan, Football Analyst – Iowa State 31, Kansas State 20

Iowa State does some things that will cause Kansas State problems. But, physical play will have to be primary. Breece Hall will be the pivot player for ISU.  If Knowles is limited, so will be KSU.  

Jeff Woody, Football Analyst – Iowa State 26, Kansas State 22

The key to beating Kansas State (Vampire and Vampire Jr. administrations) is discipline. They are never going to be the most talented team on earth, but they will always be one of the most consistent executors. So if you rely on talent rather than being in the right spot *coughoklahomacough*, this team will nip you. Iowa State just had a kick to the nads to get them refocused on execution and not thinking they can just rely on talent. With a renewed week of solid practice, the ISU defense has one of their best outings of the season and Brock Purdy does Brock Purdy things. But some weird crap is gonna happen. Always does in Manhattan. 

Kevin Fitzpatrick, Contributor – Kansas State 28, Iowa State 27

Kirk Haaland, Stats Nerd – Iowa State 27, Kansas State 23

I fully suspect we’ll get one of Iowa State’s stronger performances of the seasons, and they’re going to need it to find a win. The vampire was slain last season but all signs point to this still being a root canal. 

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.