The Iowa State Cyclones get an early start on the Big-12 race when they host 20th ranked Kansas State. A victory on Saturday would be the first for a Paul Rhoads coached ISU team against the Wildcats, and Rhoads says non of the players have beaten K-State, so to do it when they are ranked team would be even better.

Rhoads does not mind the early start to the league race. “All 12 games are hard, and all 12 games count toward what our goal is, and that is the postseason,” Rhoads says. He says it provides a great focus in the second week of the season to be playing a conference game.

Council Bluffs native Jake Waters is the quarterback for K-State. Rhoads says Waters is a more confident player than he was a year ago when they ran a 2 quarterback system. Rhoads says Waters shows the poise and control of a leader, he is a competitor and he is a playmaker.

Iowa State opened with a loss to North Dakota State.