Originally Posted by McKid A
Man, this was actually a rivalry that mean a lot to me growing up in Kansas surrounded by State fans. Took a lot of **** at school for being in red, but it was overall pretty fun. Geographically the nearest rival too.
Martinez, is the real wild card here (and probably in a lot of games moving forward). He showed against Washington he could make mediocre defenses look plain stupid. But, he was pretty lack luster (along with everyone else) in the SDSU game. I think he bounces back and puts on a solid showing against a good K-State defense.
On defense our weakness has looked like the running game, which would seem perfect for K-State. Pelini in interviews, though, seems to really not think the run D is an issue and that the gameplans were a large factor in allowing some yards early in the year. We shall see. He tends to tell the truth, positive or negative, so I lean toward thinking we will be able to handle them tonight.
I think people forget how much the D improved over the course of last year, until they were absolute monsters by year's end. I still doubt that we can quite match that level this year, but I don't see State getting more than 20 tonight. Big game to show where we are as conference play begins. I hope to see them show some dominance, but truthfully we should be happy to get out of Manhatten with a W however it comes.
Good take, and I like Martinez as well-as far as Pelini, he's the real deal, and I agree that they aren't as good as last Year, but are definitely improving. GO BIG RED!