To put it lightly, Kansas State took it to Iowa State up front last year. The offensive line of the Wildcats dominated Iowa State at the line of scrimmage. That can’t happen again this year. Kansas State ran for over 200 yards last year and only threw for 58 yards. The game was completely dominated on ground.
Enyi Uwazurike is going to have to be one of the main reasons for the turn around in this seasons contest. Uwazurike hasn’t put up big numbers but he has been hanging around the opposing backfields a ton this season. To date, Uwazurike has piled up 22 total tackles and 3 sacks. He is continually forcing the opponent to check elsewhere when going to his side. Which is part of the reason Iowa State has a top 25 rush defense nationally. The defensive line has created havoc to allow Mike Rose and Jake Hummel roam free to swallow up the ball carries.
This week will be no different. Kansas State runs the ball 56% of the time and the passing game isn’t one of major threat to pick up chunk yardage. If Iowa State can shut down the run game and make the freshman Will Howard throw the ball and force him into some tough decisions, this game should go much better than the 2019 version. Though, this game tends to always have some fun twist and turns. Should be on par for 2020. Sit back and enjoy.