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Three-minute preview: Kansas State at West Virginia

Kansas State defensive back Morgan Burns ran for a 97-yard kickoff return touchdown in last year’s 24-23 Wildcats win over West Virginia.
Kansas State defensive back Morgan Burns ran for a 97-yard kickoff return touchdown in last year’s 24-23 Wildcats win over West Virginia. The Wichita Eagle

When/where: 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Milan Pusker Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.

TV/radio: ESPNU; WHB (810 AM)

The series: K-State leads 5-1

The line: West Virginia by 3  1/2

What’s at stake

Both teams are trying to prove they are Big 12 championship contenders. West Virginia can stay undefeated with a victory, and K-State can notch its first quality win.

Cheers if ...

K-State continues to run the ball well. The Wildcats have struggled mightily on the ground against West Virginia in recent years, and still found a way to win. Things would be easier with a balanced offense.

Jeers if ...

West Virginia takes a double-digit lead in the first half. The Wildcats couldn’t come back on the road against Stanford. They would prefer to play from ahead.

Kellis Robinett’s pick: West Virginia 28-24

K-State won the last two games in this series by a combined seven points. Things are bound to bounce West Virginia’s way at some point. Playing at home with a 3-0 record, this feels like the year.

Three things about West Virginia

1. The Mountaineers have the best nonconference resume of any Big 12 team. They went 3-0, beating Missouri, Youngstown State and BYU.

2. Skyler Howard is one of the nation’s most accurate passers. The WVU quarterback has completed 74 of 108 passes for 974 yards and six touchdowns.

3. Dana Holgorsen has never coached West Virginia to a victory against K-State. The Wildcats are 4-0 against the Mountaineers as league foes.

Key matchup

K-State defensive backs vs. West Virginia receivers: The Wildcats are more than capable of slowing the Mountaineers’ rushing attack, but there are questions in the secondary. K-State hasn’t faced a spread offense this season, and its defensive backs will be asked to make tackles in space for the first time.

Kellis Robinett: @KellisRobinett

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