Saturday, November 21, 2020, Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, Iowa, 4 p.m. ET
Wildcats at Cyclones Betting Preview: Wildcats (+11), Cyclones (-11)
Kansas State Wildcats Betting Preview
Kansas State is dealing with personnel issues as the Wildcats (4-3, 4-2 Big 12) head to Iowa State. Coach Chris Kleiman said he is hopeful that his players can get through COVID-19 tests without losing more before the game.
“We’re not the only ones in the country dealing with this,” he said. “We’re just down so many guys in certain spots that we can’t even move people. So I’m just knocking on wood that we get good results the rest of this week.”
The Wildcats lost their last two games after reaching No. 16 in the polls. They lost 37-10 at West Virginia, then fell 20-18 against No. 14 Oklahoma State at home prior to last weekend’s bye.
Quarterback Will Howard passed for just 184 yards against the Mountaineers and 143 against the Cowboys, a season low since he became the starter when Skylar Thompson was injured.
A win over Iowa State keeps K-State’s title hopes very much alive. The Wildcats would hold the tiebreaker over the Cyclones and Oklahoma, with whom they are currently tied for third place. They still have to play Texas, which also has two conference losses.
A loss to the Cyclones, however, puts a serious dent in the Wildcats’ chances.
Iowa State Cyclones Betting Preview
With their only league loss to Oklahoma State, the No. 17 Cyclones (5-2, 5-1 Big 12) control their own fate in the conference race. They are a half-game up on Oklahoma State at the top of the standings, and even a setback Saturday would still have them no worse than tied for the second spot.
The Cyclones also don’t have the COVID-19 issues that K-State does.
“Right now we’re 100 percent healthy,” Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said. “Is it a concern (that the game won’t be played)? Absolutely. It’s not just now. It’s literally been this way for the whole season.”
The Cyclones have their eyes set on the Big 12 title game, but Campbell won’t allow himself to look past the Wildcats.
“For me, the starting point is that attitude, the effort, the intensity that continues to reside as a fabric of what makes Kansas State such a great football program,” Campbell said. “Then you supply that with some really good football players, on offense and defense and the success they’ve had on special teams. It’s exactly what you’d expect from a K-State team. I’m really impressed with this team.”
Iowa State is third in the Big 12 in scoring offense (32.9 points a game) and fifth in scoring defense (26.7).
Running back Breece Hall leads the nation in rushing with 1,034 yards and has been in triple digits in all seven games this season.
Wildcats at Cyclones Betting Pick
Brock Purdy has his only sub-200-yard game passing last year against Kansas State, completing just half of his 30 attempts for 185 yards in Iowa State’s 27-17 loss to the Wildcats. Iowa State leads the series 50-49-1, but the Wildcats have 25 wins in the last 31 years of the series.
Wildcats at Cyclones Betting Pick:
Cyclones 31, Wildcats 20
Wildcats at Cyclones Best Bet
The Wildcats have scored only 28 points in losses to West Virginia and Oklahoma State their last two games after the 55-14 pasting they gave Kansas back on Oct. 24. Iowa State has scored 90 points its last two outings with a 52-22 thumping of Kansas and a come-from-behind 38-31 win over Baylor
Wildcats at Cyclones Best Bet: OVER 46.5
–Field Level Media