Kansas State no doubt sees No. 5-ranked West Virginia on the horizon. But they shouldn't look past hard charging Iowa State, who will host the Wildcats in Big 12 action Oct. 13.
The balance of the Wildcats, on paper, may be more than the Cyclones (4-1, 1-1 Big 12) can handle. Quarterback Collin Klein has played well overall, but more than anything, K-State's plus-10 turnover differential has led them to a 5-0 start. Offensively, the Wildcats average 43.6 points a game (11th in FBS) and allow 15.6 points a game (16th in FBS).
That's a lot for the Cyclones, who upset then-15th-ranked TCU 37-23 on Oct. 6.
Iowa State hasn't cracked the top 25 rankings since 2005, but the win over TCU nearly got them a spot. They should be upset-minded again, 7.5 point underdogs playing at home.
Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. CT at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa. FX will have the TV broadcast.