Time: 11 a.m.
TV: Fox Sports 1
Radio: 810 AM WHB
History: Oklahoma leads series 71-18-4
Line: K-State, -4.5
THREE 2 WATCH
1. Defensive Line
Everything the Sooners’ offense does begins with their running game. If there is no running game then the Sooners basically have no offense. Strong play from the defensive line to contain the running game will put K-State in a good position to take advantage of OU’s weaknesses in the passing game.
2. Daniel Sams
Don’t fumble, Run far.
Get those two things from Sams and K-State should be able to generate enough offense against Oklahoma’s solid defense.
3. Special Teams
Coverage units have been lacking the last few weeks. There’s even more concern coming into this week with the injury to Ty Zimmerman. K-State has to be steady there if K-State wants to extend their winning-streak to five games.
TAILGATE BEER OF THE WEEK
Schlafly’s Coffee Stout. These 11 a.m. games are a pain in the ass.
1. Trevor Knight
Knight is starting in place of Blake Bell, who was injury last week against Iowa State. Bell replaced Knight as the starter after only two games due to Knight’s poor performance. He’s thrown 3 interceptions to just 4 touchdowns and has completed less than 50-percent of his passes for the season.
What he does bring to the table is a strong arm and speed. Last week he rushed for 123 yards on just 10 carries for his second 100 yard game of the season. Containing him will not be an easy task.
2. Duel Backs
Damian Williams and Brennan Clay are each excellent backs, who have combined to rush for 1,196 yards and 11 touchdowns. When they get the quarterback going along with Williams and Clay in the running game, Oklahoma is a very tough team to defend. Just ask Iowa State.
3. Defense Exposed?
Oklahoma has one of the better defenses in the nation statistically, highlighted by being the 19th ranked team in the nation in scoring defense (20.1 ppg).
However, they have struggled to keep quality opponents off the board. They have allowed 30 points or more in three of their last five games, with Iowa State and Kanas being the two schools to fail to reach 30.
K-State score 33 points last week against a tough TCU defense and 29 points against Oklahoma State, who currently ranks 14th in the nation in points allowed. Can they keep the trend of scoring a lot of points against good defenses going?