Media Roundtable: K-State

ISU fans aren't holding out much hope for the Cyclones this weekend against K-State, which has had their number in recent years. And neither does our esteemed panel.

Larry Cotlar, KXNO Radio in Des Moines

The Cyclones trsuly needed a week off after their 28-0 loss at Nebraska, bopth to rest their heads and their bodies. When they host K-State this Saturday, they'll be at their healthiest since Week Two against Ohio. The problem is they won't be playing Ohio, they'll be facing a Kansas State club which has owned them in recent years. In fact, the Wildcats have beaten the Cyclones ten straight times. Even though the belief here is that Iowa State will be focused and ready to play than they have been for some time, they still can't beat a K-State team which has three straight games by an average victory margin of nearly 31 ppg. Credit Iowa State with a spirited effort, but give the victory to the Wildcats: KANSAS STATE 38, IOWA STATE 16

Steve Deace, KXNO Radio in Des Moines;CN publisher:

It's Kansas State week. That means you can expect two things: a Cyclone loss and K-State scoring a lot of points. However, this time I think you'll see Iowa State score more than it's customary 10 against the Wildcats. Who will be the quarterback? I suspect you'll see Waye Terry play, but I'm not so sure he'll start. Look for the Cyclones to play more inspired against K-State than we're used to seeing for three reasons: 1) they're healthier coming off the bye week; 2) they're hungry for a win; 3) K-State isn't as good as it usually is.

But in the end, the Wildcats have too much explosiveness courtesy of Darren Sproles and Ell Roberson, plus they're still playing for the Big 12 North Division title. ISU hangs tough for three quarters before wearing down late and losing, 38-24.

Ron Maly, retired award-winning sports writer:

This one isn't going to be pretty, either. Dan McCarney has never beaten Kansas State's Bill Snyder, and this isn't the year Mac's luck will change. The scenario usually goes like this: K-State runs up the score, then Snyder talks about how much respect he has for Mac after the game. It would be nice to be able to write that Saturday's game at Jack Trice Stadium will be the start of a strong late-season push for the Cyclones, but with Snyder and his Wildcats in town, I'm afraid it's going to be the same old song and dance: K-State 42, Iowa State 14.

Keith Murphy, WHO TV-13 in Des Moines

Unfortunately I'm running out of ways to write essentially the same thing: Unless ISU plays a near-perfect game, the Cyclones have no chance of upsetting Kansas State. The Wildcats have created the ugliest mismatches of the Dan McCarney era, and that's saying something; there have been many.

Iowa State is so young and inexperienced in so many areas that knocking off a very motivated Big 12 contender like K-State seems far-fetched. Furthermore, the Cyclones may or may not start their third different quarterback in three games; never a good sign. An upset win may still happen; just not this week.

B.J. Schaben, KASI Radio in Ames

Wow...what to expect? Don't know but this could be a most anticipated match-up. Kansas State is playing much better than it did a couple of weeks ago. Iowa State is coming off a bye week and rumors are circulating about a re-energized team. Kansas State is great team, Iowa State healthy is a good team with a terrible schedule: Kansas State 35, Iowa State 30.

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