When/where: 11 a.m. Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan.
TV/radio: Fox Sports 1; WHB (810 AM) for the K-State broadcast and KCSP (610 AM) for KU
The series: KU leads 65-43-5
The line: Kansas State by 27
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What’s at stake
K-State is already bowl eligible, but it can improve its postseason stock with a strong finish. Kansas is looking to win its first road game since 2009.
Cheers if …
KU: The Jayhawks find a way to move the football. KU’s offense had a combined three points in its first 15 offensive possessions against Texas, and the one scoring drive started in Longhorns’ territory. That production won’t be good enough Saturday if KU wants to make it a game.
K-State: Alex Barnes builds on the way he played against Baylor. K-State will almost certainly win this game if he tops 100 yards and finds the end zone four times.
Jeers if …
KU: The Jayhawks are dominated on special teams. KU coach David Beaty has made this a priority the last two years, though in recent weeks, it has proven to once again be a weakness rather than a strength. Special teams is typically an area K-State dominates in this matchup.
K-State: K-State turns the ball over. The Wildcats want to make the Jayhawks travel the length of the field for their scores. The last thing they want to do is give them good field position and extra possessions.
Three things about Kansas
1 The Jayhawks are coming off their biggest victory in years, a 24-21 overtime win against Texas. The Jayhawks rallied from a 24-13 deficit in the fourth quarter to upset the Longhorns. Kansas was chosen national team of the week by the Football Writers Association of America.
2 Kansas has looked like a different team with Carter Stanley at quarterback. He has thrown for 657 yards and four touchdowns in his two starts, allowing the Jayhawks to compete with Iowa State and beat Texas.
3 Defensive end Dorance Armstrong leads the Big 12 in tackles for loss with 17. He has 10 sacks this season and will be one of the best defensive linemen K-State has faced this season.
Three things about K-State
1 The Wildcats have won 20 of the last 24 games in the series, including the last three in Manhattan. K-State coach Bill Snyder also is 20-4 against KU, which includes an 11-1 record at home.
2 Comparing the two teams, K-State has a significant advantage in Kansas-born players. The Wildcats list 48 players from Kansas (40 percent of the team’s roster) while KU has 20.
3 K-State is tied for the Big 12 lead with a plus-nine turnover margin, while KU is last in the statistic at minus-12. The Jayhawks have given the ball away 33 times — a number that is more than triple the Wildcats’ total (10).
K-State running backs vs. KU’s defensive front: The Jayhawks have not stopped the run well this season, allowing 226.8 yards per game. That makes this a good matchup for the Wildcats, who are averaging 211.7 yards per game on the ground. If Barnes and company top 200 yards against Kansas, it will be difficult for the Jayhawks to keep pace in this game.
Jesse Newell’s pick: K-State, 48-10
Here is how much KU has lost road games by this season: 36 (Memphis), 36 (Texas Tech), 42 (Baylor), 53 (Oklahoma) and 27 (West Virginia). While the Jayhawks have shown enthusiasm and competitiveness at home, that hasn’t translated elsewhere. Expect Snyder’s Wildcats to continue their recent dominance over the Jayhawks on Saturday.
Kellis Robinett’s pick: K-State, 45-14
KU hasn’t won a road football game since 2009, and that streak won’t end Saturday in Manhattan. This is a good matchup for K-State, and Snyder always has the Wildcats ready to play the Jayhawks.
Kellis Robinett: @KellisRobinett