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Kansas State-Oklahoma college football preview

When/where: 11 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla.

TV/radio: ESPN; WHB (810 AM)

The series: Oklahoma leads 72-18-4

The line: Oklahoma by 8

KANSAS STATE (4-1, 2-0 Big 12)

Date

Opponent

Result/time

Aug. 30

Stephen F. Austin

W, 55-16

Sept. 6

at Iowa State

W, 32-28

Sept. 18

Auburn

L, 20-14

Sept. 27

UTEP

W, 58-28

Oct. 4

Texas Tech

W, 45-13

Saturday

at Oklahoma

11 a.m.

Oct. 25

Texas

11 a.m.

Nov. 1

Oklahoma State

TBA

Nov. 8

at TCU

TBA

Nov. 20

at West Virginia

6 p.m.

Nov. 29

Kansas

TBA

Dec. 6

at Baylor

TBA

OKLAHOMA (5-1, 2-1 Big 12)

Date

Opponent

Result/time

Aug. 30

Louisiana Tech

W, 48-16

Sept. 6

at Tulsa

W, 52-7

Sept. 13

Tennessee

W, 34-10

Sept. 20

at West Virginia

W, 45-33

Oct. 4

at TCU

L, 37-33

Oct. 11

vs. Texas*

W, 31-26

Saturday

Kansas State

11 a.m.

Nov. 1

at Iowa State

TBA

Nov. 8

Baylor

TBA

Nov. 15

at Texas Tech

TBA

Nov. 22

Kansas

TBA

Dec. 6

Oklahoma State

TBA

*at Dallas

What’s at stake

K-State is hoping for a win that will validate it as a Big 12 championship contender. Oklahoma is trying to stay in the playoff hunt by beating a ranked opponent.

Cheers if …

K-State runs the ball effectively. Oklahoma has won 46 consecutive games when leading at halftime. If the Wildcats can take an early lead and control the game with their rushing attack, they will take their chances.

Jeers if …

Oklahoma connects on some long passes. The Sooners are at their best when Trevor Knight and Sterling Shepard connect on the deep ball.

Three things about Oklahoma

1 The Sooners have been nearly unbeatable at home under Bob Stoops since he took control of the program in 1999, going 89-5. That is a winning percentage of .947. Of course, they aren’t unbeatable at home. K-State is one of the five teams to beat Stoops in Norman, winning there two years ago.

2 Trevor Knight has not lived up to expectations. A year after leading Oklahoma to a win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, the quarterback has amassed 1,635 yards in six games. He has thrown six touchdowns and five interceptions.

3 Freshman running back Samaje Perine has been a big surprise for the Sooners, rushing for 568 yards and nine touchdowns. Few expected him to play at the beginning of the season.

Key matchup

Trevor Knight vs. Ryan Mueller. Knight’s breakout game came against K-State a year ago, leading Oklahoma to a 41-31 victory in Manhattan. Knight rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown on top of throwing for 171 yards and a score. Much of his success came on zone-read plays in which he continually fooled Mueller, K-State’s best pass rusher. Whenever Mueller went after Knight, the ball went to running back Brennan Clay, who rushed for 200 yards. Mueller needs to win the battle this time to give the Wildcats a chance.

KANSAS STATE OFFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

WR

16

Tyler Lockett

5-11

175

Sr.

WR

14

Curry Sexton

5-11

183

Sr.

LT

55

Cody Whitehair

6-4

309

Jr.

LG

77

Boston Stiverson

6-4

312

Jr.

C

66

B.J. Finney

6-4

303

Sr.

RG

68

Luke Hayes

6-6

295

Jr.

RT

65

Matt Kleinsorge

6-5

306

Jr.

TE

85

Zach Trujillo

6-5

256

Sr.

WR

6

Deante Burton

6-2

205

So.

QB

15

Jake Waters

6-1

210

Sr.

RB

20

DeMarcus Robinson

5-7

209

Sr.

K

16

Matthew McCrane

5-10

165

Fr.

KANSAS STATE DEFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

DE

44

Ryan Mueller

6-2

245

Sr.

DT

60

Will Geary

6-9

290

Fr.

or

99

Valentino Coleman

6-2

285

Sr.

DT

95

Travis Britz

6-4

293

Jr.

DE

75

Jordan Willis

6-5

250

So.

LB

9

Elijah Lee

6-3

214

Fr.

LB

35

Will Davis

6-0

223

So.

LB

21

Jonathan Truman

5-11

219

Sr.

CB

33

Morgan Burns

5-11

195

Jr.

SS

22

Dante Barnett

6-1

186

Jr.

FS

20

Dylan Schellenberg

6-9

195

Sr.

CB

7

Danzel McDaniel

6-1

205

Jr.

OKLAHOMA OFFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

WR

5

Darron Neal

5-11

201

Jr.

WR

3

Sterling Shepard

5-10

195

Jr.

LT

71

Tyrus Thompson

6-5

336

Sr.

LG

74

Adam Sheed

6-4

339

Sr.

C

56

Ty Darlington

6-2

286

Jr.

RG

75

Tyler Evans

6-5

339

Sr.

RT

79

Daryl Williams

6-6

329

Sr.

TE

10

Blake Bell

6-6

259

Sr.

WR

1

K.J. Young

6-0

177

Fr.

QB

9

Trevor Knight

6-1

201

So.

RB

28

Alex Ross

6-1

221

So.

K

18

Michael Hunnicutt

6-1

180

Sr.

OKLAHOMA DEFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

DE

91

Charles Tapper

6-4

281

Jr.

DT

80

Jordan Phillips

6-6

334

So.

DE

98

Chuka Ndulue

6-3

289

Sr.

LB

19

Eric Striker

6-0

221

Jr.

LB

26

Jordan Evans

6-3

223

So.

LB

1

Dominque Alexander

6-0

227

So.

LB

85

Geneo Grissom

6-4

252

Sr.

CB

2

Julian Wilson

6-2

201

Sr.

FS

13

Ahmad Thomas

6-0

209

So.

SS

10

Quentin Hayes

6-0

190

Sr.

CB

15

Zack Sanchez

5-11

179

So.

P

44

Jed Barnett

6-2

215

Sr.

Kellis Robinett’s pick: Oklahoma, 20-17

This game is closer to a coin-flip than the spread indicates. Oklahoma has not played well, particularly on offense, in its last two games, and Tyler Lockett shredded the Sooners’ secondary for 278 yards a year ago. Things won’t be decided until the fourth quarter, but home field gives Oklahoma a slight edge.

To reach Kellis Robinett, send email to krobinett@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @KellisRobinett.

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