For Kansas (0-11, 0-8) to avoid a winless season, they’ll have to defeat Kansas State (4-6, 1-6) for the first time since a 52-21 drubbing in 2008. It’ll be no easy task, as the Wildcats have dominated the Sunflower Showdown since Bill Snyder returned to the K-State sidelines in 2009.
Still, Kansas knows to do the unthinkable, they’ll have to play very close attention to detail and brace themselves for the challenges and versatility that Kansas State will present.
“I think the thing that stands out to me is the resiliency of them and the away they create. They create points and find a way to manufacture points. They've done that all year. I mean, they'll get in tight sets and run the football at you, spread you out, and get in some things that you don't really see those guy get into very much,” Kansas head coach David Beaty said. “They've been in some spread sets this year. They actually won a game, a really big game, in a spread set that I'm like, Wow, man. I mean, that's not something you're used to seeing with Kansas State. But they still do a great job running the quarterback. I think we've got do a good job of making sure we're gap sound. We get enough people in gaps to be able to stop that quarterback run. Their running backs are good players.”
The Wildcats aren’t nearly as deep as they’ve been in previous years, but they still possess some good players and as always is the case, they are well coached.
“I think (wide receiver) Kody Cook has been a really good player for them this year. I don't know that he gets talked about enough with him doing so many things, kind of the do-it-all role. He's a really good player,” Beaty said. “It seems like (offensive lineman) Cody Whitehair has been there since I was here the first time. I mean, he's been here for a long time. He's had a great career,’ Beaty continued. “But, I think there are four seniors across that offensive front. Those guys do a really good job moving the defensive line forward. We've got to do a better job of holding gaps this week than we did last week, because we're going to see another good offensive line this week.