MANHATTAN, Kan. - Off to red-hot starts, No. 6/5 Kansas State puts its 5-0 record on the line Saturday at Iowa State where the Cyclones are 4-1 and ranked No. 25 in the nation.

Kansas State travels to Iowa State for the first time since 2007 on Saturday with hopes of remaining unbeaten, which could possible set up the national game of the week next week at unbeaten West Virginia.

The following are some statistical comparisons of the Wildcats and Cyclones to keep an eye on.

• Kansas State's No. 6 Associated Press ranking is its highest since 2003, while Iowa State's No. 25 ranking is their first in the polls since 2002.

• Iowa State is known for quick starts winning their collective first quarters 50-26. On the flip side, K-State has won its five first periods by only a 31-23 margin.

• In the fourth quarter the Wildcats have dominated by a 91-21 margin. The Cyclones have squeezed by their fourth periods, 27-26.

• K-State's 1-2 running punch of John Hubert (105) and Collin Klein (81) is tops in the Big 12 accounting for 186 rushing yards. I-State's 1-2 dashers are James White (53) and Shontrelle Johnson (46) with only 99 yards between them.

• The Wildcats have a plus-10 turnover-margin compared to the Cyclones minus-1. K-State has lost just one fumble on 209 team carries, and Collin Klein has thrown just two interceptions in 94 attempts.

• The Wildcats average 43.6 points; the Cyclones allow 15.8 points

• Under coach Paul Rhoads, Iowa State is 18-2 in games where they lead at the half.

• Under coach Paul Rhoads, the Cyclones are 19-1 when holding teams under 24 points, but just 3-20 when allowing 24 or more.

• The Wildcats haven't allowed a team to score more than 21 points this season.

• K-State leads the league in sacks with 14 and is second in sacks allowed with just two.

• K-State leads the nation in fewest penalties with nine for just 14.2 yards per game.

• K-State has won the last four games against I-State, but none by a margin of more than eight points.

• Iowa State was 5-19 in the previous two seasons prior to the hiring of Paul Rhoads. His three-plus year record is 22-21.

• Kansas State was 17-20 in the three previous seasons prior to the return of Bill Snyder. In the last three-plus seasons K-State is 28-15.

• Kansas State has allowed 78 total points this year; Iowa State has allowed 79 total points.

• The ‘Cats return kickoffs at a 27.5-yard clip and punts for 36.0 yards; the ‘Clones return kickoffs for a 15.8-yard average and punts at 17.7.

• K-State leads the nation in fewest penalties with nine for 14.2 yards per game. Iowa State has been flagged 22 times for 41.6 yards per game.

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