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
Whats 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.
John Hubert has a big game. Kansas State is at its best when its senior running back is heavily involved in the offense.
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 arent at full strength on offense. Three starters Blake Bell, Damien Williams and Lacoltan Bester will reportedly miss Saturdays game. Bell, from Wichita, has started the last eight games at quarterback, but is recovering from a concussion. Williams is Oklahomas 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 nations best running attacks. It averages more than 230 rushing yards, and keeps defenses guessing by splitting carries among Brennan Clay and its mobile quarterbacks.
K-States Dante Barnett and Dylan Schellenberg vs. Oklahomas Knight and Clay: It will be up to K-States safeties to help the front seven stop Oklahomas 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 Robinetts 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)
|Aug. 30||North Dakota State||L, 24-21|
|Sept. 7||Louisiana-Lafayette||W, 48-27|
|Sept. 14||Massachusetts||W, 37-7|
|Sept. 21||at Texas||L, 31-21|
|Oct. 5||at Oklahoma State||L, 33-29|
|Oct. 12||Baylor||L, 35-25|
|Oct. 26||West Virginia||W, 35-12|
|Nov. 2||Iowa State||W, 41-7|
|Nov. 9||at Texas Tech||W, 49-26|
|Nov. 16||TCU||W, 33-31|
|Nov. 30||at Kansas||11 a.m.|
OKLAHOMA (8-2, 5-2 Big 12)
|Aug. 31||Louisiana-Monroe||W, 34-0|
|Sept. 7||West Virginia||W, 16-7|
|Sept. 14||Tulsa||W, 51-20|
|Sept. 28||at Notre Dame||W, 35-21|
|Oct. 5||TCU||W, 20-17|
|Oct. 12||vs. Texas*||L, 36-20|
|Oct. 19||at Kansas||W, 34-19|
|Oct. 26||Texas Tech||W, 38-30|
|Nov. 7||at Baylor||L, 41-12|
|Nov. 16||Iowa State||W, 48-10|
|Saturday||at Kansas State||11 a.m.|
|Dec. 7||at Oklahoma State||TBA|
Kellis Robinett, firstname.lastname@example.org