After all of my gawking at people's opinions about FARMAGEDDON I have yet to come across any article that analyzes what role the potential rain/storms will play on Saturday. Some people have been saying that it's going to rain early then quit during the game, then rain once again after the game. This would be the best for the game, but yeah, it's going to suck for tailgating so this kind of puts a damper on things, no pun intended.
I am no sports expert but I assume the rain is going to have more affect on the passing game than the running game ergo ISU. Colin Klein has 887 passing yards and 7 passing touchdowns compared to the combined effort of Iowa State's 1033 passing yards and 11 passing touchdowns. It's obvious that ISU rely's more on the passing game because even ISU having 4 more passing touchdowns than Kansas State, KSU has scored 16.8 more points per game on average. ISU might look more to the run this game which has been a goal for Rhoads all season and I hope the O-line comes to play on Saturday.
Here is what the Ames weather forecast looks like for Saturday:
Rain / Thunder
Potential for severe thunderstormsCHANCE OF RAIN: 70% WIND: S at 16 mph
Obviously there is going to be an affect on the running game as well. Neither team has played in this type of environment yet this year (as far as I know) and so both ISU and KSU will have new obstacles to deal with while running ball. I feel that KSU hasn't been up against a defense like Iowa State's and so coupled with the weather and the Super Smash Bro's, K-State is going to come under a little more pressure than what they have seen this season. I was impressed with the way the D went after the ball post-contact and how many turnovers they forced last week. I think that kind of play is exactly what will win this game for ISU, assuming out offense can produce.
This is going to be a hard fought game, mud or not. Will weather be a deciding factor? I guess we will have to wait and see...