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 is in his seventh year covering Iowa State football and basketball for Cyclone Fanatic. He worked as the site's intern for three years while studying Journalism in Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism. He started as a full-time staff writer in May 2016. He took over as the site's managing editor in January 2020. Jared spent five falls covering Iowa high school football as a reporter for KMA Radio, 1460 KXNO and 1430 KASI.