Kansas State University

K-State-Oklahoma State football preview

Updated: 2013-10-04T01:59:32Z

When/where: 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla.

TV/radio: ABC (Chs. 2, 9); WHB (810 AM)

The series: Oklahoma State leads 36-23

The line: Oklahoma State by 14

K-STATE (2-2, 0-1 Big 12)

Date Opponent Result/time
Aug. 30North Dakota StateL, 24-21
Sept. 7Louisiana-LafayetteW, 48-27
Sept. 14MassachusettsW, 37-7
Sept. 21at TexasL, 31-21
Saturdayat Oklahoma State2:30 p.m.
Oct. 12Baylor2:30 p.m.
Oct. 26West VirginiaTBA
Nov. 2Iowa StateTBA
Nov. 9at Texas TechTBA
Nov. 23OklahomaTBA
Nov. 30at KansasTBA

OKLA. STATE (3-1, 0-1 Big 12)

Date Opponent Result/time
Aug. 31vs. Mississippi State*W, 21-3
Sept. 7at Texas-San AntonioW, 56-35
Sept. 14LamarW, 59-3
Sept. 28at West VirginiaL, 30-21
SaturdayKansas State2:30 p.m.
Oct. 26at Iowa StateTBA
Nov. 2at Texas TechTBA
Nov. 9KansasTBA
Nov. 16at TexasTBA
Nov. 23BaylorTBA
Nov. 30OklahomaTBA

*at Houston

What’s at stake

Both teams are trying to prove the road losses they suffered in their last games were out of the ordinary. Oklahoma State is trying to hold on to a national ranking. K-State is trying to get back above .500.

Cheers if ...

K-State wins the turnover battle. The Wildcats currently rank 113th nationally in turnover margin, a major reason why they have lost two games.

Jeers if ...

The Wildcats can’t run the ball. They all but abandoned the running game after falling behind 17-0 at Texas. A one-dimensional offense is too easy for Big 12 defenses to stop.

Three things about Oklahoma State

1 The Cowboys looked like the class of the Big 12 until last weekend’s head-scratching loss at West Virginia. The defeat sent them tumbling down the national rankings from No. 11 to No. 21.

2 Oklahoma State’s top rusher is a quarterback. J.W. Walsh leads the Cowboys with 234 yards and two touchdowns on 41 attempts. Running backs Jeremy Smith and Desmond Roland have rushed for 312 yards combined.

3 The Cowboys pride themselves on stopping the run. Their defense ranks 23rd nationally against the run and is allowing 108.8 yards rushing yards.

Key matchup

K-State’s offensive line vs. Oklahoma State’s front seven: The Wildcats have won the line of scrimmage and ran the ball effectively in their two wins. They have been pushed around up front and unable to find running room in their two losses. K-State will need a balanced offense to win on the road.


P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR16Tyler Lockett5-11175Jr.
LT78Cornelius Lucas6-9328Sr.
LG55Cody Whitehair6-4309So.
C66B.J. Finney6-4303Jr.
RG79Keenan Taylor6-4290Sr.
RT73Tavon Rooks6-5280Sr.
TE85Zach Trujillo6-5256Jr.
WR14Curry Sexton5-11183Jr.
QB15Jake Waters6-1210Jr.
FB48Glenn Gronkowski6-3234Fr.
RB33John Hubert5-7191Sr.
K3Jack Cantele6-0193So.


P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE44Ryan Mueller6-2245Jr.
DT98Chaquil Reed6-3309Sr.
DT95Travis Britz6-4293So.
DE45Marquel Bryant6-3241So.
LB50Tre Walker6-3225Sr.
LB53Blake Slaughter5-10227Sr.
LB21Jonathan Truman5-11219Jr.
CB4Dorrian Roberts5-10168Sr.
SS22Dante Barnett6-1186So.
FS12Ty Zimmerman6-1204Sr.
CB15Randall Evans6-0190Jr.
P38Mark Krause5-11218Sr.


P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR81Jhajuan Seales6-2185Fr.
WR17Charlie Moore6-2202Sr.
LT71Parker Graham6-7315Sr.
LG51 Brandon Webb6-3326Sr.
C54Jake Jenkins6-3298Jr.
RG75Chris Grisbhy6-5325Jr.
RT58Daniel Koenig6-6310Jr.
WR5Josh Stewart5-10185Jr.
WR87Tracy Moore6-2215Sr.
QB4J.W. Walsh6-2205So.
RB31Jeremy Smith5-10208Sr.
K19Ben Grogan6-1175Fr.


P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE92Jimmy Bean6-5245So.
DT91James Castleman6-2296Jr.
DT99Calvin Barnett6-2200Sr.
DE40Tyler Johnson6-1245Sr.
LB11Shaun lewis5-11225Sr.
LB45Caleb Lavey6-3235Sr.
LB52Ryan Simmons6-0242So.
CB1Kevin Peterson5-11185So.
SS7Shamiel Gary6-0210Sr.
FS8Daytawion Lowe5-11205Sr.
CB4Justin Gilbert6-0200Sr.
P35Kip Smith6-1209Jr.

Kellis Robinett’s pick: Oklahoma State 35-24

Oklahoma State will be out to prove its loss to West Virginia was a fluke. Playing at home, where it has won 14 of its past 15, will help that cause. So will a strong run defense. This is not a good matchup for K-State. The Wildcats’ best chance is to create turnovers, something they have done little of this season.

| Kellis Robinett, krobinett@kcstar.com

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