After a cakewalk in week one, the Kansas State Wildcats will be facing a tougher test against a hungrier team in week two. The offense had no problem putting up points in the opener, winning 55-16 against an inferior Stephen F. Austin squad. A big win in week two will give the Wildcats serious momentum heading into a huge week three matchup against No. 5 Auburn.
Everyone knows now that scheduling the North Dakota State Bison in a “warmup” game never works out and the Iowa State Cyclones found that out the hard way, falling 34-14 at home. While the loss was embarrassing on many levels, Iowa State will be out for blood in week two against Kansas State.
Kansas State’s offense hasn’t quite been the same since Collin Klein left for the next level, but Jake Waters is doing everything he can to lead the offense in the right direction. The senior quarterback was 19-28 with 238 yards and two touchdowns to go along with just a lone interception. Don’t sleep on his running skills, either, as he led the Wildcats with 55 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Charles Jones also had 55 rushing yards and two scores on just eight carries. While Tyler Lockett will likely be Waters’ top target all season long, he finished with just nine yards and a touchdown on only one catch while DeMarcus Robinson led the way with four catches for 47 yards.
Iowa State’s offense struggled to get anything going against the Bison in week one as it finished with 151 passing yards and just 102 rushing yards, good for 102nd and 99th nationally after one week. Faltering against an FCS squad might be a sign of things to come for the Cyclones, but junior signal caller Sam B. Richardson will have something to say about that. Although he didn’t have a breakout game, Richardson completed 20 of 31 passes for 151 yards and no touchdowns while turning the ball over twice through the air. It was such a slow game for Richardson and the pass game that Allen Lazard led all receivers with 48 yards on a single catch. The quarterback did, however, lead the rushing attack with 58 yards on 15 carries and Aaron Wimberly had 38 rushing yards and the team’s only two touchdowns.
Defensively, the Cyclones had a tough time slowing down the Bison, allowing 34 points and 506 total yards. As it was an embarrassing effort, Iowa State couldn’t even contain the run game seeing as 302 of those yards came on the ground. Kansas State, on the other hand, held Stephen F. Austin to under 300 yards of total offense. The Wildcats excelled against the run, holding the entire team to just 69 rushing yards,
Kansas State will travel to Iowa State to take on the Cyclones at 12 p.m. EST on Saturday, Sept. 6. The game will be broadcasted on FOX Sports 1.
PREDICTION: Kansas State 41, Iowa State 20
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