Kansas State is a touchdown favorite heading into Saturday’s game at Iowa State, but one look at the above picture should be all it takes to realize a winner might not be decided until the final seconds at Jack Trice Stadium.
The Wildcats own a four-game winning streak over the Cyclones, but all four games have come by single-digit margins (K-State had to block an extra point in the final moments to win 24-23 in Arrowhead Stadium in 2009) and none of them were played in Ames.
Throw in the fact that Iowa State has proven itself as a giant-killer under coach Paul Rhoads by beating Nebraska (2009), Texas (2010), then No. 2 Oklahoma State (2011) and previously undefeated TCU last week, and this game could turn out to be one of the most interesting Big 12 matchups of the weekend.
Not everyone has respect for the Cyclones, though. Rhoads is 22-21 in the middle of his fourth season. But Missouri receiver T.J. Moe, of all people, did his best to make sure everyone takes notice of them. He hopes his team can follow in the Cyclones’ footsteps when it takes on top-ranked Alabama this weekend.
“For us, the way our season is going, it’s kind of our opportunity to be an Iowa State of last year,” Moe told Missouri reporters earlier this week. “It happens every year. Somebody does it … knocks off the No. 1 team. It would definitely be an upset. There’s no getting around that one.”