Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 10/28/11

Kansas State looks to stay undefeated at home this week when they take on the Oklahoma Sooners in a must win game for both teams if they want to win the Big 12.

Before last week, many people thought that these two teams would be undefeated heading into this game, but Oklahoma didn’t live up to their end of the bargain.  At this point in the season, both teams have a legit shot at making a BCS Bowl game, and a lot will be riding on this game.  Oklahoma has not lost two games in a row in thirteen years, so Kansas State has a major challenge ahead of them.

Here is what you can expect in this game.

WHEN KANSAS STATE IS ON OFFENSE

Kansas State is a very physical team that is run-first, and it all starts at the quarterback position with Collin Klein.  The Wildcats are 19th in the nation in rushing, averaging 213.9 yards per game on the ground.  Klein’s 670 rushing yards leads the team and so far this season, and he has three games with over 100 yards rushing.

To compliment Collin Klein in the running game is sophomore running back John Hubert who has been very solid this season averaging 5.2 yards per carry.  Hubert’s breakout game this season came against Miami; in that game he rushed for 166 yards.

Kansas State is not of much of passing team and Collin Klein has never thrown the ball more than thirty times in a game this season.

WHEN OKLAHOMA IS ON OFFENSE

It is no secret what Oklahoma wants to do on offense, and that is throw the ball all over the field.  Oklahoma is averaging 379 yards per game through the air, which ranks 4th in nation.  Landry Jones is one of the best quarterbacks in the country and last week he threw for 5 touchdowns in their loss.

Oklahoma has some very talented wide receivers that are headlined by senior Ryan Broyles.  Broyles has had a truly remarkable college career and barring injury is going to go over 1,000 yards receiving for a third straight season.   In a conference full of great receivers, Broyles is leading the Big 12 in both receptions (67) and in receiving yards (899).

Oklahoma’s offense is getting a little better this week with the return of running back Dominique Whaley.  Whaley missed last weeks game because of illness and is averaging 5.5 yards per carry to go along with 9 touchdowns.

WHEN KANSAS STATE IS ON DEFENSE

Kansas State has been able to stay undefeated because they have the number one defense in the Big 12.  Kansas State is only giving up 337.1 yards per game and last week held Kansas to 286 yards of total offense.

Kansas State is one of the best at stopping at the run and teams are averaging less than 100 yards rushing against them.

One thing that could hurt Kansas State in this game is that they can give up big plays in the passing game.   Baylor’s RG3 completed 22-of-31 for 346 yards and five touchdowns against the Wildcats earlier this season.

WHEN OKLAHOMA IS ON DEFENSE

The good news for the Sooner defense is that they are facing a team that is not good at passing the ball.  In their loss last week to Texas Tech, Oklahoma had no answer for Seth Doege as he threw for 441 yards.

Oklahoma has been very good at stopping the run and they are going to have to continue this if they want to win this game.  The Sooner defense ranks third in the Big 12 in run defense and has only given up 6 rushing touchdowns all season.

KANSAS STATE KEY TO VICTORY

It is simple for Kansas State and that is stop Oklahoma from throwing the ball all over the field.  With all the success that Baylor had throwing the ball against them, you got to believe that Bob Stoops is going to throw it as much as possible in this game.

OKLAHOMA KEY TO VICTORY

Stop the run. That is what Kansas State is best at and if they can make Collin Klein throw the ball than they will have a great chance of winning.

PREDICTION

I want to say that Oklahoma is going to win this game, but it has very hard to pick against Bill Snyder, especially since his team is at home.  The Wildcats are on an incredible run right now and I like them to continue to shock the nation.  Kansas State wins 31-28.

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Oklahoma v Kansas State Game Info:

  • Oklahoma-Kansas State Date: Saturday, October 29
  • Oklahoma-Kansas State Kickoff Time: 3:30 PM ET
  • Oklahoma-Kansas State TV: ESPN
  • Oklahoma-Kansas State Point Spread: Oklahoma -14

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 * – Ryan Broyles photo credit: via News OK

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