Beginning the season as one of the top teams in the Big 12, the Oklahoma State Cowboys remain one of the best teams in the conference and could be considered one of the best in the country. The Cowboys are no 7-1 after four consecutive victories and they are one team that could win the wide open Big 12.
On the other side of the field, the Kansas Jayhawks are led by Charlie Weis who was once a big-time college coach, but has since been tamed. The Jayhawks, unlike the Cowboys, do not have a chance to win the Big 12 as they are 2-6 on the season with an 0-5 record in conference play.
Oklahoma State is somewhat leaning toward Clint Chelf to start for the remainder of the year at quarterback. After a relatively slow start to the year by J.W. Walsh, the senior quarterback has taken over in the past couple of game and has accumulated 760 yards and six touchdowns through the air on the season. Walsh had 1,324 yards and nine touchdowns on the season with a sub-60 percent completion rate and five interceptions; Chelf has given the offense a bit of a spark. Josh Stewart has excelled in the receiving game, catching 40 passes for 510 yards and two touchdowns.
Kansas has not been one of the most impressive teams in the league, the Jayhawks rank near the bottom of all college football teams in points per game, passing yards and rushing yards per game. Jake Heaps leads the team as quarterback, passing for 1,148 yards and seven touchdowns on the season while completing just a fraction about 50 percent of his passes. The run game is a little better, ranking 96th nationally in rush yards per game behind James Sims‘ 637 yards and four touchdowns this season.
Defensively, the Jayhawks rank 97th in the nation in points allowed and 101st in yards allowed per contest this season. On the other hand, the Cowboys rank 28th in points allowed per game and 60th in yards allowed nationally.
Kansas will travel to Oklahoma State to take on the Cowboys at 4 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 9. The game will be broadcasted on FOX Sports 1.
PREDICTION: Oklahoma State 35, Kansas 14