Kansas State University

Kansas State vs. Iowa State

What's at stake

A spot atop the Big 12 North standings. With every other North member off or playing nonconference games this week, the winner of this one alone at 1-0.

Cheers if ...

The Wildcats can continue their strong defensive play against the run. Iowa State is a running team, and if K-State can hold it to anything near its current average of 91.5 yards allowed, the Wildcats will be in business.

Jeers if ...

Carson Coffman doesn't complete a handful of passes early. That seems to be the key for K-State's quarterback. If he builds confidence early, he's good for the day.

Three things about Iowa State

1 First-year coach Paul Rhoads has a long history with Bill Snyder. They have known each other since Rhoads was in high school.

2 Iowa State will be without Darius Reynolds, one of its better wide receivers. He reportedly broke his ankle in practice this week.

3 Averaging more than 207 yards per game on the ground this season, the Cyclones are the 21st-ranked rushing team in the country.

Key matchup

Austen Arnaud vs. Coffman. Both of these teams love to run the ball. But the quarterback that finds the most success through the air will have the advantage.

Kellis Robinett's pick: Kansas State, 17-14

The Wildcats' offense has been fairly basic through four games, but that may change with more on the line against a conference opponent. That will play to Kansas State's favor, and with a decent offensive effort the Wildcats will improve on their 3-1 record at Arrowhead.