Oct 12, 2013; Manhattan, KS, USA; Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Daniel Sams (4) is congratulated by wide receiver Curry Sexton (14) following a touchdown against the Baylor Bears at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The Wildcats lost the game, 35-25. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

The Pregame: K-State Tries to Get Back on Track Against West Virginia


VITALS

Time: 2:30 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports 1

Radio: 810 AM WHB

History: K-State leads the series 7-3.

Line: K-State, -10.5

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1. Return of Lockett and Thompson

K-State should get Tyler Locket and Tramaine Thompson back from injury this week. This should help all three phases of the team in one way or another. Is it enough to get K-State back on track for the long haul?

2. Turnovers

Keeping the ball was an issue for the Wildcats in the first half of he season. Did they get those things ironed out over the break?

3. Daniel Sams or Jake Waters

Are the Wildcats going to continue to use both quarterbacks? If so, will they be used differently?

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WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS

1. Red Zone

West Virginia ranks ninth in red zone offense and seventh in red zone defense. Continuing WVU’s poor play inside the 20 is going to be a key if K-State wants to win.

2. Special Teams

It is a good thing Lockett and Thompson are back because WVU is pretty good on special teams coverages, ranking third in the Big 12 in kickoffs and first in punting. Their return units are very weak, however.

3. Passing game

The Mountaineers have gone through three quarterbacks this season and it shows in the numbers. They rank 8th in passing efficiency, ahead of the hapless Jayhawks and Horned Frog offenses, and 8th in yards per attempt. Still, they will throw the ball around a lot as they’ve attempted more passes than anyone in the conference except for Texas Tech.

 

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