K-State Hosts Colorado in Key Big 12 North Contest
Kansas State will look to get right back on track as Colorado visits Bill Snyder Family Stadium Saturday night in a nationally-televised Big 12 North matchup. The game, which will air across the nation on ESPN2, will kick off at 8:15 p.m. The contest pits a Colorado team (4-2, 2-0) that has opened Big 12 play with a perfect 2-0 mark and is riding a three-game win streak against a Kansas State squad (3-2, 1-1) that is looking to put itself back at or near the top of the Big 12 North standings
Jordy Nelson continues his push for All-America status as the senior caught 10 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown, a 68-yard reception from Josh Freeman in the first quarter last week. Nelson now has three straight 10-plus reception, 100-plus yard receiving games, marking the first time in school history that a player has done so. In fact, prior to this season, only seven total players in school history (12 total games) have collected 10-plus catches and 100-plus yards receiving in the same game.
Defensively, the Wildcats have collected seven interceptions in the last two weeks, which are the most in a two-game stretch since 1991. Linebacker Justin Roland led the squad in tackles for the third time this season with seven total, while Ian Campbell had yet another solid game with five tackles, a sack, three tackles for losses and a pass breakup.
K-State vs. Colorado Statistically
Kansas State and Colorado have played several entertaining games over the past three seasons and if this week’s NCAA statistical rankings are any indication, this week’s matchup should be more of the same. Heading into this weekend’s game, Kansas State and Colorado are ranked within 10 teams nationally of each other in eight NCAA statistical categories. On offense, Kansas State ranks 68th in total offense, while Colorado checks in at No. 70, and in passing efficiency, the Wildcats are ranked 74th, while Colorado checks in at No. 77. Defensively, the numbers are even closer as Kansas State ranks 20th in rush defense, while Colorado ranks 23rd. The Buffaloes are one spot higher nationally in total defense at No. 21, while the Wildcats hold the edge in scoring defense (No. 23 to No. 31) and pass efficiency defense (No. 28 to No. 33). Colorado also ranks 42nd nationally against the pass, compared to Kansas State’s No. 45 ranking.