The Nebraska vs. Kansas State game on Thursday night is even bigger than advertised. This game matches up two Big 12 schools that are still undefeated in the 2010 college football season, and gives Kansas State a chance to really impress the home town fans. Kansas State currently leads the Big 12 North standings with a victory over Iowa State already this season, and now they look to bring a huge upset to Bill Snyder Stadium on Thursday night.
The game will be broadcast live on ESPN beginning at 4:30 p.m. PT (7:30 p.m. ET), and it is a game that could definitely put the Kansas State program on the map this season. The talk of the Big 12 Conference is Nebraska and Oklahoma right now, especially after Texas just lost its second game of the young season. The week six college football rankings have Oklahoma at No. 6, Nebraska at No. 7, and undefeated Kansas State unranked to this point. Oklahoma State and Missouri are also ranked with 4-0 records, so it isn’t just Kansas State that is under the radar.
So far this season, Kansas State has beaten UCLA, Missouri State, Iowa State, and UCF. Yes, that is the same UCLA team that beat Texas, so it has to have Kansas State fans wondering if this is a team that could make some waves in the Big 12 Conference this season. Right now the most valuable player for Kansas State is running back Daniel Thomas, who has rushed for 628 yards and six touchdowns in their first four games, and would love to eat up some more yardage against Nebraska. Senior quarterback Carson Coffman will have to play within himself, and if he can spread the field, Kansas State stands a chance at home.
On the other side of the ball is a Cornhuskers team that is seventh in defense and fourth in rushing offense in the country. They average 40 points per game on offense to go along with 309 rushing yards, all while giving up just 12.8 points per game. Nebraska has no quality wins this year, beating South Dakota State, Washington, Idaho, and Western Kentucky, so you might as well say that this is their first test before playing Texas next week. They will come with a balanced attack on offense and a defense that wants to rack up the sacks. It all equates to a very interesting game on paper this Thursday night.