The #2 Kansas State Wildcats (8-0, 5-0 in Big 12) are almost there, they are so close that they can begin to smell the undefeated season as the first week of November rolls in and they get set to take on Big 12 rival the #24 Oklahoma State Cowboys (5-2, 3-1 in Big 12) inside of Bill Snyder Family Stadium this Saturday night. Both teams are entering the game on the momentum of winning streaks, Oklahoma State three games and of course Kansas State eight games, so it will be interesting to see which team has more positive vibes rolling their way in this one.
The Kansas State offense has looked sound all season long scoring 50 points or more in five of the eight games and average 205 passing yards (90th in FBS), 228.8 rushing yards (17th in FBS) and 44.4 points scored (5th in FBS) per game while their defense has also been solid allowing just 341.6 total yards (32nd in FBS) and 17.1 points (13th in FBS) per game. These types of numbers should be easily obtainable this week for them due to the fact that their opponent has yet to face an opponent that has the talent level which they do on both sides of the ball.
Senior signal caller Collin Klein is the lifeline of this offensive unit which is why he is currently amongst the top candidates for this year’s Heisman Trophy. This season Klein has passed for 1,630 yards, 12 touchdowns and just two interceptions while completing 70.9% of his pass attempts and has also rushed for 634 yards and 16 trips to the end zone on 122 carries. John Hubert is also a huge part of this team’s offensive attack as well rushing for 722 yards and 10 scores on 128 carries. The Wildcats will once again call upon this dynamic backfield duo to carry the load versus another conference opponent as they have for the past few weeks. Tyler Lockett (29 receptions for 453 yards and 3 TD), Chris Harper (30 receptions for 453 yards and 2 TD) and Tramaine Thompson (22 receptions for 336 yards and 4 TD) could also have huge implications on this game based on their play.
The Oklahoma State offense is firing on all cylinders this season and is averaging 347.1 passing yards (6th in FBS), 239 rushing yards (13th in FBS) and 44.3 points scored (6th in FBS) per game while their defense has been pretty good allowing 362.7 total yards (43rd in FBS) and 23.1 points (44th in FBS) per game. This week will be by far the Cowboys toughest test of the season which means if they don’t put forth their best effort in all three phases of the game then they might as well not even show up.
The Cowboys will once again rely on freshman Wes Lunt to control the action for them behind center this week with J.W. Walsh out for the remainder of the season. Last week versus TCU Lunt passed for 324 yards and a touchdown while completing 18 of his 33 pass attempts in the Cowboys 36-14 victory. Head coach Mike “I’m a Man, I’m 40″ Gundy will hope that Lunt can have another productive game as he did last week versus a very solid defense. Running back Joseph Randle will also be a huge part of the Cowboys game plan in order to take some of the pressure off of Lunt just a bit. This season Randle has rushed for 891 yards and nine touchdowns on 160 carries and will look to rush for well over 100 yards in this contest as well. Lunt will look to get the ball into the hands of Josh Stewart (48 receptions for 574 yards and 3 TD) and Blake Jackson (21 receptions for 449 yards and a TD) to make plays for him for their passing attack.
This game will end just as Kansas State’s previous eight contests this season, with a win for the Wildcats and them gaining more and more respect around the nation. K-State 41 – Oklahoma State 27.