It was a tough week for the Oklahoma State Cowboys as they came up short on the road to the West Virginia Mountaineers. While they lost the game in upsetting fashion, they still happen to be a favorite to win the Big 12 and they need to avoid overlooking yet another lesser conference opponent heading into the halfway-point of the season.
On the other side of the field, it has been a tough season for the Kansas State Wildcats who are currently 2-2, including a tough loss to an FCS team in week one. It’s too early to tell if this team can compete in the Big 12, but if we were to off of what has already happened this season, they would fall short of contention.
Oklahoma State had a bit of a quarterback controversy to begin the season, but J.W. Walsh has won the starting job and passed for 964 yards and eight touchdowns. He also leads the team in rushing, sadly, with 234 yards and two scores — it’s easy to see why they have the 72nd ranked run offense in the nation. Josh Stewart is one of the best wide outs in the nation and has yet to break out majorly yet — the Wildcats need to be aware of him.
Losing Collin Klein was definitely a big blow to this team’s confidence. He led them in many regards in 2012 and it seems like the Wildcats are missing a leader on offense. Quarterback Jake Waters has 948 yards and four touchdowns this season while it seems like the Wildcats could score a few more touchdowns in Big 12 play to keep them in games. Tyler Lockett has been Waters’ favorite receiver with 29 catches for 469 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, the Wildcats have given up at least 24 points in every game but one. They even allowed an FCS school in North Dakota State to score 24 points on them en route to a victory. The Cowboys have been up-and-down on defense, allowing under seven points twice against lesser opponents and over 30 points somewhat better opponents.
Kansas State will travel to Oklahoma State to take on the Cowboys at 3:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 5. The game will be broadcasted on ABC.
PREDICTION: Kansas State 20, Oklahoma State 41