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
Whats 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.
Whats 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-States 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 KUs MVP; hes 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.
K-States 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 cant match Oklahomas offensive line, it may try to run a similar offense. K-States secondary needs to be ready to help its front seven.
Kellis Robinetts pick: K-State 45-21
Bill Snyder owns this rivalry, and that wont change this weekend. The Wildcats have too much offense to be challenged for more than a half.
Rustin Dodds 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 doesnt have enough offense to compete.
|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. 23||Oklahoma||L, 41-31|
|Saturday||at Kansas||11 a.m.|
KANSAS (3-8, 1-7 Big 12)
|Sept. 7||South Dakota||W, 31-14|
|Sept. 14||at Rice||L, 23-14|
|Sept. 21||Louisiana Tech||W, 13-10|
|Oct. 5||Texas Tech||L, 54-16|
|Oct. 12||at TCU||L, 27-17|
|Oct. 19||Oklahoma||L, 34-19|
|Oct. 26||Baylor||L, 59-14|
|Nov. 2||at Texas||L, 35-13|
|Nov. 9||at Oklahoma State||L, 42-6|
|Nov. 16||West Virginia||W, 31-19|
|Nov. 23||at Iowa State||L, 34-0|
|Saturday||Kansas State||11 a.m.|