Kansas State University

Colorado at Kansas State

What's at stake

Few anticipated it, but this is a battle for the top spot in the Big 12 North. K-State can go to 3-1 in the Big 12; Colorado can move into a tie for the division lead with a win.

Cheers if...

K-State can give itself good field position. When faced with short fields last week against Texas A&M, the Wildcat offense scored at will.

Jeers if...

The Wildcats let Colorado run the ball effectively. Bill Snyder: "That's the worst thing that could happen to us."

Three things about Colorado

1. After a rough start, CU coach Dan Hawkins benched his son, who plays quarterback, in favor of sophomore Tyler Hansen.

2. The Buffaloes are 0-3 on the road.

3. RB Rodney Stewart paces the Buffaloes' offense. He averages 83 rushing yards and has scored five touchdowns.

Key matchup

This game could end up being all mental. Both teams proved last week that they can play at a high level. But early in the season they proved how much they can struggle. Attitude and focus play a factor.

Kellis Robinett's pick: K-State, 28-23

K-State is undefeated at Snyder Family Stadium and Colorado is winless on the road. With plenty on the line, that will make all the difference.