Big 12 football: Go with Iowa State over Kansas State in Ames

by Berry Tramel Published: October 12, 2012
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The Cyclones and Wildcats have an underrated rivalry. Iowa State leads 49-42-4 in a series that once matched the old Big Eight's least successful programs.


And though K-State has won four straight in the series, all have been closely-contested games: 38-30 in 2008, 24-23 in 2009, 27-20 in 2010 and 30-23 in 2011. The first and last of those games were played in Manhattan, Kan. The two middle games were staged at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.

Now Iowa State gets KSU in Ames, Iowa, for the first time since 2007.

The Cyclones under Paul Rhoads are good for one big upset a year. In 2009, the Cyclones won at Nebraska for the first time in 32 years. In 2010, the Cyclones won at Texas, beating the Longorns for the first time ever. And last year, Iowa State knocked OSU out of the national title game with an overtime shocker.

KSU is ranked sixth and is a 71/2-point favorite. But let's go with Iowa State in the upset.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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