Kansas State University

Sunflower Showdown football preview: Kansas State at Kansas

Updated: 2013-11-29T07:40:58Z

When/where: 11 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence

TV/radio: Fox Sports 1; KCSP (610 AM)

The series: KU leads 65-40-5

The line: K-State by 16

What’s at stake for K-State

The Wildcats have clinched bowl eligibility, but they can improve their stature and secure a plus-.500 finish with a victory, not to mention extending their recent domination of KU.

What’s at stake for KU

In one afternoon, Kansas could transform its 2013 season. Beat Kansas State, and the Jayhawks would own four wins — just two fewer than K-State. Charlie Weis would have bested Bill Snyder, buying himself plenty of goodwill among KU fans.

Goal for K-State

The Wildcats want to start fast and run the ball. They had to play from behind against TCU and Oklahoma, and that put pressure on their running game and their defense. The last thing they want to do is give the Jayhawks hope and an early lead.

Goal for KU

KU should try to allow freshman quarterback Montell Cozart to gain some confidence in the passing game while not going away from senior James Sims. Let Cozart complete some passes on short and intermediate routes. Let him go into the offseason on a solid note.

Three things about K-State

1 The Wildcats have locked up their fourth straight bowl berth and they can clinch their fourth straight winning season with a victory against the Jayhawks.

2 K-State’s defense is coming off its worst game of the season. Playing for the first time without injured safety Ty Zimmerman, it allowed 472 yards and 41 points to Oklahoma last week. The Sooners did most of their damage on the ground, rushing for 301 yards.

3 Junior Tyler Lockett is the hottest receiver in the Big 12, if not the nation. He caught 12 passes for 278 yards and three touchdowns against Oklahoma and has 1,103 receiving yards this season, despite missing the majority of two games because of a hamstring injury.

Three things about KU

1 Junior punter Trevor Pardula has perhaps been KU’s MVP; he’s averaging 44.0 yards per punt, the 13th-best in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

2 Kansas safety Isaiah Johnson and offensive lineman Mike Smithburg were teammates of K-State quarterback Jake Waters last season at Iowa Western Community College.

3 Senior running back James Sims, who has rushed for a career-high 1,028 yards, is one of only 13 players in college football to run for 1,000 yards in each of the last two seasons.

Key matchup

K-State’s secondary vs. James Sims: A week ago, Oklahoma used spread formations to keep the Wildcats’ defensive backs away from the line of scrimmage and then took advantage of running lanes in the middle with Brennan Clay rushing for 200 yards. Though Kansas can’t match Oklahoma’s offensive line, it may try to run a similar offense. K-State’s secondary needs to be ready to help its front seven.

Kellis Robinett’s pick: K-State 45-21

Bill Snyder owns this rivalry, and that won’t change this weekend. The Wildcats have too much offense to be challenged for more than a half.

Rustin Dodd’s pick: K-State 34-19

K-State averaged 58 points per game in its last three victories over KU. The Jayhawks’ defense should perform better on Saturday, but KU just doesn’t have enough offense to compete.

Kellis Robinett, krobinett@kcstar.com; and Rustin Dodd, rdodd@kcstar.com KANSAS STATE (6-5, 4-4 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
Nov. 23OklahomaL, 41-31
Saturdayat Kansas11 a.m.

KANSAS (3-8, 1-7 Big 12)

Date Opponent Result/time
Sept. 7South DakotaW, 31-14
Sept. 14at RiceL, 23-14
Sept. 21Louisiana TechW, 13-10
Oct. 5Texas TechL, 54-16
Oct. 12at TCUL, 27-17
Oct. 19OklahomaL, 34-19
Oct. 26BaylorL, 59-14
Nov. 2at TexasL, 35-13
Nov. 9at Oklahoma StateL, 42-6
Nov. 16West VirginiaW, 31-19
Nov. 23at Iowa StateL, 34-0
SaturdayKansas State 11 a.m.


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.


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.
FS15Randall Evans6-0190Jr.
CB7Kip Daily5-11180Sr.
P38Mark Krause5-11218Sr.


P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR8Josh Ford6-3207Sr. 
LT79Riley Spencer6-6305Sr. 
LG63Ngalu Fusimalohi6-2310Jr. 
C70Gavin Howard6-4300Sr. 
RG73Damon Martin6-3300So. 
RT77Aslam Sterling6-5315Sr. 
TE41Jimmay Mundine6-2240Jr. 
WR45Nick Sizemore6-0245Sr.
WR12Christian Matthews6-1196Sr. 
QB2Montell Cozart6-2189Fr.
RB29James Sims6-0200Sr.
K13Ron Doherty5-11205Sr.


P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE90Kevin Young6-3287Sr.
NT98Keon Stowers6-3297Jr.            
DE96Keba Agostinho6-2277Sr.
LB93Ben Goodman6-0245So.
LB31Ben Heeney6-2230Jr.
LB57Jake Love6-0220So.
NB58Courtney Arnick6-2205Fr.
CB24JaCorey Shepherd5-11190Jr.
FS33Cassius Sendish6-0195Jr.
SS5Isaiah Johnson6-1210So.
CB12Dexter McDonald6-1200Jr.
P1Trevor Pardula6-5212Jr.

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