One of the longest running rivalries in college sports is scheduled for Saturday, November 21, 2020, when the Kansas State Wildcats (4-3, 4-2) visit the #17 Iowa State Cyclones (5-2, 5-1). These two teams have met every season since 1917, making this the eighth longest continuous series in college football. Iowa State is currently at the top of the Big 12 standings and Kansas State is in second, so the stakes are as high as ever. This game will air live on FOX at 4:00 p.m. EST.
Through seven games, the Kansas State offense is averaging 29.1 points per game and 347.6 yards per game, 217.0 through the air and 130.6 on the ground. Deuce Vaughn leads the team with 371 rushing yards and four touchdowns and leads the team with 16 receptions for 366 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, the Wildcats are allowing 25.1 points and 411.4 yards, 250.4 passing and 161.0 rushing.
The Iowa State offense is averaging 32.9 points per game and 423.1 yards per game, 222.9 through the air and 200.3 on the ground. Breece Hall leads the team with 1,034 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns, and Xavier Hutchinson has a team high 35 receptions for 407 yards and three touchdowns.
Below is my pick for the Kansas State Wildcats at #17 Iowa State Cyclones. All odds are from PointsBet Sportsbook.Kansas State Wildcats at #17 Iowa State Cyclones (-11.5): O/U 59.5 (-108/-112)
Last time out, Kansas State hosted the Oklahoma State Cowboys and suffered a disappointing 20-18 defeat. Kansas State led 12-0 at the half, but Oklahoma State scored 20 unanswered points to give the Cowboys a 20-12 advantage. The Wildcats scored with two minutes remaining but could not convert the game tying two-point conversion. QB Will Howard went 10.21 for 143 yards, one touchdown, one interception, and led the team in rushing with 125 yards and one touchdown. The Kansas State defense held Oklahoma State to just 256 yards on the day.
Iowa State hosted the Baylor Bears and came away with an exciting 38-31 win. The Cyclones dug themselves three different 14-point deficits, but a 28-0 run between the third and fourth quarters gave Iowa State a 14-point lead and, eventually, the win. QB Brock Purdy was all over the place as he went 15/24 for 164 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions. Breece Hall had himself a day as he carried the ball 31 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns. The Iowa State defense held Baylor to 366 yards and forced two Bears interceptions.
Series History: Kansas State won the meeting last season, but Iowa State still holds a slight 50-49-4 all-time advantage.
CFB Predictions: Iowa State wins by three touchdowns. Give me Cyclones -10.5.
2020 CFB Picks Results: 34-23