Sorry if my previous post offended so many of you. This game has me more concerned than any ISU has played thus far.
I want ISU to win this game as much as anyone and I think they can, but I think it will require limiting mistakes which this team has struggled with for the last two years no matter who is at QB. Yes, I think KSU is better than last year on both sides of the ball. I think the ISU defense is better. I also think the ISU O-line is worse than last year and that can be a huge liability against the KSU defensive front. I also think that we have not significantly improved at QB; maybe marginally but not significantly. ISU managed to turnover TCU to beat them despite getting outgained by their offense that was practically out of running backs and had a QB making his first start with only a couple of days to prepare. (Heck he probably had been taking many practice snaps with the RB's since they talked about using him there.) I also think that ISU's kicking game which was a problem last year has not improved.
Yes, last year KSU did win 10 games. However other than Kent State and Kansas they didn't beat anyone by more than one score. Every week I was surprised that they managed to squeak another one out. This year every game so far except for OU at OU has been by multiple scores including beating Miami by almost 40. Their average margin of victory in all games has been 4 TDs so far. Their winning games has not been a surprise.
This is gonna be a brutal smash mouth game that ISU is really going to have to step up to win. I'm glad that ISU finally gets them at home.
So against quality defensive teams K-State's offense has been less then impressive.
Total Defense Rankings:
17. Oklahoma 303 ypg
28. Iowa State 338 ypg
70. North Texas 396.17 ypg
97. Kansas 446.2 ypg
118. Miami (FL) 510 ypg
That big win over Miami isn't looking as good now is it? Miami owns the 3rd worst total defense ranking in the FBS division behind only Louisiana Tech (119) and Baylor (120).
Thanks, 78; excellent points.
I don't think ISU can't win, I just don't think it will be easy, especially if ISU can't hang on to the ball (fumbles, INT, dropped passes, muffs) in the rain.
Let's hope that ISU's D can limit that KSU rushing attack for 4 quarters and make them attempt to throw the ball when they don't want to. I think that would be ISU's best shot at winning the TO battle.