Kansas State-Oklahoma football preview

11/21/2013 8:57 PM

11/21/2013 8:57 PM

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. 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
Saturday Oklahoma 11 a.m.
Nov. 30 at Kansas 11 a.m.

OKLAHOMA (8-2, 5-2 Big 12)
Date Opponent Result/time
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

*at Dallas

K-STATE OFFENSE
P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR 16 Tyler Lockett 5-11 175 Jr.
WR 14 Curry Sexton 5-11 183 Jr.
LT 78 Cornelius Lucas 6-9 328 Sr.
LG 55 Cody Whitehair 6-4 309 So.
C 66 B.J. Finney 6-4 303 Jr.
RG 79 Keenan Taylor 6-4 290 Sr.
RT 73 Tavon Rooks 6-5 280 Sr.
TE 85 Zach Trujillo 6-5 256 Jr.
WR 86 Tramaine Thompson 5-8 167 Sr.
QB 15 Jake Waters 6-1 210 Jr.
RB 33 John Hubert 5-7 191 Sr.
K 3 Jack Cantele 6-0 193 So.

K-STATE DEFENSE
P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE 44 Ryan Mueller 6-2 245 Jr.
DT 98 Chaquil Reed 6-3 309 Sr.
DT 95 Travis Britz 6-4 293 So.
DE 94 Alauna Finau 6-1 258 Sr.
LB 50 Tre Walker 6-3 225 Sr.
LB 53 Blake Slaughter 5-10 227 Sr.
LB 21 Jonathan Truman 5-11 219 Jr.
CB 4 Dorrian Roberts 5-10 168 Sr.
SS 22 Dante Barnett 6-1 186 So.
FS 12 Ty Zimmerman 6-1 204 Sr.
CB 7 Kip Daily 5-11 180 Sr.
P 38 Mark Krause 5-11 218 Sr.

OKLAHOMA OFFENSE
P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR 5 Durron Neal 5-11 199 So.
WR 8 Jalen Saunders 5-9 157 Sr.
LT 71 Tyrus Thompson 6-5 320 Jr.
LG 74 Adam Shead 6-4 316 Jr.
C 64 Gabe Ikard 6-3 298 Sr.
RG 68 Bronson Irwin 6-5 314 Sr.
RT 79 Daryl Williams 6-6 321 Jr.
TE 82 Brannon Green 6-2 256 Sr.
WR 3 Sterling Shepard 5-10 193 So.
QB 9 Trevor Knight 6-1 201 Fr.
TB 24 Brennan Clay 5-11 201 Sr.
K 18 Michael Hunnicutt 6-1 176 Jr.

OKLAHOMA DEFENSE
P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
LE 91 Charles Tapper 6-4 261 So.
DT 98 Chuka Ndulue 6-3 274 Jr.
DT 93 Jordan Wade 6-4 296 Fr.
RE 85 Geneo Grissom 6-4 263 Jr.
LB 42 Terrell Guidry 6-0 160 Fr.
LB 20 Frank Shannon 6-1 229 So.
NB 2 Julian Wilson 6-2 199 Jr.
CB 14 Aaron Colvin 6-0 192 Sr.
SS 10 Quentin Hayes 6-0 193 Jr.
FS 9 Gabe Lynn 6-0 204 Sr.
CB 15 Zack Sanchez 5-11 176 Fr.
P 44 Jed Barnett 6-2 227 Jr.

Kellis Robinett, krobinett@kcstar.com

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