KSU QB Allan Evridge vs. ISU front four
This redshirt has shown that he can play in the Big 12 with impressive numbers so far this season. His 53% completion ratio is decent with five touchdown and three picks. There are plenty of receivers that the Wildcats can throw to and all are capable of breaking one deep. Snyder loves to toss it deep as he learned from Hayden Fry to take advantage of field possession off turnovers when the other team is feeling down. Cyclone fans have seen Nick Leaders become what his last name says, a true team leader. Jason Berryman needs to be more under control during his heavy pass rushes and not overrun the quarterback. The Clone defense should apply heavy pressure to this young quarterback and force turnovers as the Wildcats have given up 21 on the year.
KSU linebackers vs. ISU Tight ends
The linebackers for
Now the Wildcats don't have Darren Sproles, who ran all over Cyclone defenders in the past, and Thomas Clayton is no Sproles. He is a good back with 450 yards this year and a 4.3/carry average. He was slowed by an injury earlier and his running isn't the only factor for success in the Wildcat offense, so let's keep it that way. Force the young quarterback to rely only on the passing game and the ISU secondary will get a few interceptions on the day.
Stevie Hicks needs to continue to
improve as the Cyclones truly move the ball better with linebackers having to
commit to the run first. Hicks will need another 125 yard output for the
difference in the Cyclones winning by two scores or holding off the Wildcats in
the end. Ball control and punishing running is a weapon