Kansas State University

Kansas State-Baylor football preview

Updated: 2013-10-11T01:41:17Z

When/where: 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan.

TV/radio: Fox (Ch. 4); WHB (810 AM)

The series: Kansas State leads 7-3

The line: Baylor by 17

What’s at stake

K-State is trying to bounce back from two road losses and gt back to .500. Baylor is out to prove its hot start was no fluke, and that its offense can churn out huge numbers on the road.

Cheers if …

K-State doesn’t commit a turnover. If Daniel Sams and Jake Waters can manage the game well, the Wildcats will have a shot.

Jeers if …

Baylor comes remotely close to its rushing average of 347.2 yards. If the Bears are successful running the ball, the Wildcats have no shot at stopping the pass.

Three things about Baylor

1 Lache Seastrunk is living up to his preseason Big 12 offensive player of the year hype. The Baylor running back has 589 rushing yards through four games. He is also averaging 11.1 yards per carry.

2 Bryce Petty might be the most underrated quarterback in the conference. Though this is his first season as a starter, he has completed 72.8 percent of his passes and thrown 10 touchdowns compared to one interception.

3 Baylor has struggled lately on the road, and has lost eight of its last nine conference road games. It is also 0-4 at K-State. The Bears’ last loss in Manhattan, a 36-35 defeat in 2011, stuck with players. Tevin Reese said he remembers that game more vividly than last year’s victory over K-State.

Key matchup

K-State’s defensive line vs. Seastrunk: Baylor’s offensive line has created massive holes for its running back this season. If K-State has any chance of stopping Baylor, it needs to clog running lanes and make Seastrunk work for his yards.

Kellis Robinett’s pick: Baylor, 52-37

K-State is better than the four teams Baylor rolled in its first four games, and Bill Snyder Family Stadium is a difficult place to play. This game won’t be decided at halftime. But the Wildcats don’t have enough defensive speed or offensive firepower (if top receivers Tramaine Thompson and Tyler Lockett remain sidelined) to expect an upset.

K-STATE (2-3, 0-2 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
Oct. 5at Oklahoma StateL, 33-29
SaturdayBaylor2:30 p.m.
Oct. 26West VirginiaTBA
Nov. 2Iowa StateTBA
Nov. 9at Texas TechTBA
Nov. 16TCUTBA
Nov. 23OklahomaTBA
Nov. 30at KansasTBA

BAYLOR (4-0, 1-0 Big 12)

Date Opponent Result/time
Aug. 31WoffordW, 69-3
Sept. 7BuffaloW, 70-13
Sept. 21Louisiana-MonroeW, 70-7
Oct. 5West VirginiaW, 73-42
Saturdayat Kansas State2:30 p.m.
Oct. 19Iowa State6 p.m.
Oct. 26at KansasTBA
Nov. 7Oklahoma6:30 p.m.
Nov. 16vs. Texas Tech*TBA
Nov. 23at Oklahoma StateTBA
Nov. 30at TCUTBA
Dec. 7TexasTBA

*at Arlington, Texas

K-STATE OFFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR16Tyler Lockett5-11175Jr.
WR14Curry Sexton5-11183Jr.
LT78Cornelius Lucas6-9328Sr.
LG55Cody Whitehair6-4309So.
C66B.J. Finney6-4303Jr.
RG79Keenan Taylor6-4290Sr.
RT73Tavon Rooks6-5280Sr.
TE85Zach Trujillo6-5256Jr.
WR86Tramaine Thompson5-8167Sr.
QB15Jake Waters6-1210Jr.
RB33John Hubert5-7191Sr.
K3Jack Cantele6-0193So.

K-STATE DEFENSE

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.

BAYLOR OFFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR5Antwan Goodley5-10225Jr.
WR16Tevin Reese5-10170Sr.
LT58Spencer Drango6-5315So.
LG68Cyril Richardson6-5340Sr.
C54Stefan Huber6-4295Sr.
RG67Desmine Hilliard6-4330So.
RT77Kelvin Palmer6-4290Sr.
WR42Levi Norwood6-1195Jr.
WR4Jay Lee6-2215So.
QB14Bryce Petty6-3230Jr.
RB25Lache Seastrunk5-10210Jr.
K43Aaron Jones6-3190Sr.

BAYLOR DEFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE31Chris McAllister6-3255Sr.
DT93Suleiman Masumbuko6-2290So.
NT95Beau Blackshear6-4300So.
DE11Terrance Lloyd6-3245Sr.
LB5Eddie Lackey6-0220Sr.
LB44Bryce hager6-2235Jr.
NB25Sam Holl6-2210Sr.
CB3Demetri Goodson6-0200Sr.
S6Ahmad Dixon6-0205Sr.
S13Terrell Burt5-10185So.
CB8K.J. Morton5-10190Sr.
P36Spencer Roth6-4225Jr.

Kellis Robinett, krobinett@kcstar.com

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