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Kansas State-Oklahoma football preview

Updated: 2013-11-22T02:57:47Z

When/where: 11 a.m. Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan.

TV/radio: Fox Sports 1; WHB (810 AM)

The series: Oklahoma leads 71-18-4

The line: Kansas State by 4 1/2

What’s at stake

Kansas State is trying to win its fifth straight game and make a push for a respected bowl game. Oklahoma is hoping to keep its faint Big 12 championship hopes alive and to maintain its national ranking.

Cheers if …

John Hubert has a big game. Kansas State is at its best when its senior running back is heavily involved in the offense.

Jeers if …

Trevor Knight completes some early passes down field. If the Sooners become multi-dimensional on offense, they will be hard to stop.

Three things about Oklahoma

1 The Sooners aren’t at full strength on offense. Three starters — Blake Bell, Damien Williams and Lacoltan Bester — will reportedly miss Saturday’s game. Bell, from Wichita, has started the last eight games at quarterback, but is recovering from a concussion. Williams is Oklahoma’s second-leading scorer and Bester is a dependable receiver. They are both reportedly suspended for unspecified reasons.

2 Freshman Trevor Knight is expected to start at quarterback. He is a dual-threat player who opened the year as starter, but lost the job after two games. He came back and played well against Iowa State last week, leading the Sooners to a 48-10 victory after trailing late in the second half. He rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown.

3 Oklahoma has one of the nation’s best running attacks. It averages more than 230 rushing yards, and keeps defenses guessing by splitting carries among Brennan Clay and its mobile quarterbacks.

Key matchup

K-State’s Dante Barnett and Dylan Schellenberg vs. Oklahoma’s Knight and Clay: It will be up to K-State’s safeties to help the front seven stop Oklahoma’s dynamic rushing attack. That could be a challenge with Ty Zimmerman on crutches. Barnett has struggled against the run this season, taking bad angles and going for big hits instead standard tackles. Schellenberg is unproven.

Kellis Robinett’s pick: Kansas State 28-27

Both teams are missing key players and head into Saturday with question marks. But K-State has won five of at its last six home games, while Oklahoma has lost two of its last three games away from home. Snyder Family Stadium could make a big difference.

K-STATE (6-4, 4-3 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
Oct. 12BaylorL, 35-25
Oct. 26West VirginiaW, 35-12
Nov. 2Iowa StateW, 41-7
Nov. 9at Texas TechW, 49-26
Nov. 16TCUW, 33-31
SaturdayOklahoma11 a.m.
Nov. 30at Kansas11 a.m.

OKLAHOMA (8-2, 5-2 Big 12)

Date Opponent Result/time
Aug. 31Louisiana-MonroeW, 34-0
Sept. 7West VirginiaW, 16-7
Sept. 14TulsaW, 51-20
Sept. 28at Notre DameW, 35-21
Oct. 5TCUW, 20-17
Oct. 12vs. Texas*L, 36-20
Oct. 19at KansasW, 34-19
Oct. 26Texas TechW, 38-30
Nov. 7at BaylorL, 41-12
Nov. 16Iowa StateW, 48-10
Saturdayat Kansas State11 a.m.
Dec. 7at Oklahoma StateTBA

*at Dallas

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.
DE94Alauna Finau6-1258Sr.
LB50Tre Walker6-3225Sr.
LB53Blake Slaughter5-10227Sr.
LB21Jonathan Truman5-11219Jr.
CB4Dorrian Roberts5-10168Sr.
SS22Dante Barnett6-1186So.
FS12Ty Zimmerman6-1204Sr.
CB7Kip Daily5-11180Sr.
P38Mark Krause5-11218Sr.

OKLAHOMA OFFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR5Durron Neal 5-11199So.
WR8Jalen Saunders5-9157Sr.
LT71Tyrus Thompson6-5320Jr.
LG74Adam Shead6-4316Jr.
C64Gabe Ikard6-3298Sr.
RG68Bronson Irwin6-5314Sr.
RT79Daryl Williams6-6321Jr.
TE82Brannon Green6-2256Sr.
WR3Sterling Shepard5-10193So.
QB9Trevor Knight6-1201Fr.
TB24Brennan Clay5-11201Sr.
K18Michael Hunnicutt6-1176Jr.

OKLAHOMA DEFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
LE91Charles Tapper6-4261So.
DT98Chuka Ndulue6-3274Jr.
DT93Jordan Wade6-4296Fr.
RE85Geneo Grissom6-4263Jr.
LB42Terrell Guidry6-0160Fr.
LB20Frank Shannon6-1229So.
NB2Julian Wilson6-2199Jr.
CB14Aaron Colvin6-0192Sr.
SS10Quentin Hayes6-0193Jr.
FS9Gabe Lynn6-0204Sr.
CB15Zack Sanchez5-11176Fr.
P44Jed Barnett6-2227Jr.

Kellis Robinett, krobinett@kcstar.com

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