SB Nation Kansas City previews the pivotal K-State run game:
Kansas State for all intents and purposes relies on the run. The Wildcats rank 26th in the nation in terms of their ground attack while reaching the opposite end of the spectrum with the 107th ranked passing attack. Daniel Thomas ran wild through three weeks of the season and is viewed as one of the top runners in the nation. A solid offensive line and a consistently solid gameplan by Bill Snyder only adds to the effectiveness of the Wildcat running game. What Kansas State doesn't have is a particularly potent weapon at quarterback.
But again, that's where the strength of the Kansas defense lies. The Jayhawks contained one of the best option attacks in the nation against Georgia Tech and while they didn't completely shut it down by any means, they were able to limit it enough to get a win. No Kansas isn't great against the run, but they are serviceable and the same linebackers that struggle to cover in space are strong in run support.