This might be a little off-topic, but don't think it deserves its own thread. Is anyone else concerned with Hubert? If I remember correctly, he had a good game against us last year. He gets lost in the shuffle with Klein getting most of the accolades, but I was impressed with his play against KU.
Hitting the long ball is not our best option IMO. At least not to start out with. If they jam our receivers anything like Tech was able to, our O-line is not good enough to give the QB the time he needs to wait for our receivers to get past the jam and open. O-line has been disappointing so far this year.
Need to do some quick passes by either quick TE pass or putting a receiver in motion. Once that's established then we can work more on the run game/deep throws.
This is the first thing I thought of when I read the thread title.
If we keep Kansas State under 4.0 YPC and we somehow manage 4.0 YPC we're going to have a chance. If we don't keep them under 4.0 YPC they're going to have to turn it over a bunch (and they don't) for us to have a chance IMO.
For reference, this season they've given up/gained:
Missouri State: 3.7/4.8
North Texas: 3.6/5.1
2011 ISU: 4.2/4.5
Somehow, our defensive line needs to occupy 6 blockers every play. If they can only manage 5, we're in trouble. Somebody like Irving needs to spend a lot of time on the sidelines this week because he'll get thrown out of your television screen. Kansas State's attack is so damn basic but so damn hard to slow down because Klein is patient and will just wait for them to have numbers somewhere before he attacks. The arm tackling crap we've gotten into the habit of isn't going to cut it either. Hit, wrap, drop. Klein destroyed Kansas and Oklahoma's defensive backs when they just tried to put a good hit on him.
8 in the box and press coverage...sounds great to me. No safety help? Should leave a receiver uncovered.
When defenses load the box and jam your receivers, they are saying very loud and clear "We don't think you can beat us deep." That's been the MO on Iowa State - at least it was until the TCU game.
If we try to run a dink and dunk ball control offense, we will be playing right into KSU's hands. We have to make them defend the entire field, including the field behind them.