Oklahoma vs. Kansas State Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Oklahoma vs. Kansas State fearless prediction and game preview.
Oklahoma (5-1) vs. Kansas State (3-3) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, October 21st
Game Time: 4:00 pm ET
Venue: Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, KS
You got anything left in the tank, Oklahoma?
After a tough, emotional win over Texas, Baker Mayfield was hobbling, defensive players were struggling, and the 29-24 win turned out to be a massive gut-check moment for the program in the young start Lincoln Riley era.
That somewhat masked that the Sooners are grinding a bit too much.
Look, Iowa State is better. Yes, it’s playing strong defensively, and it’s putting up a good fight now, but that’s still a bad loss for a program with national title aspirations.
It was too much of a struggle to get by a miserable Baylor team, and if it wasn’t for the heroics of Mayfield and TE Mark Andrews, it would’ve been an ugly narrative in Norman.
It’s not going to get any easier after this with Texas Tech, at Oklahoma State and TCU up next.
OU could use a breather, and it’s not going to get one.
Kansas State isn’t exactly desperate, but after losing three of its last four games, and without a win over a team of substance – fun stat: the two FBS teams the Wildcats have beaten are winless – something has to kickstart the season.
Lose, and all of a sudden, a bowl isn’t a sure thing. Win, and there’s still a shot at getting into the Big 12 title chase.
No pressure, Wildcats.
One Reason Why Oklahoma Will Win
Kansas State doesn’t dial up enough pressure.
That’s not to say it can’t turn it up a few notches and start to own the backfield, by selling out a bit, but even a banged up Mayfield is still going to be one of the nation’s most efficient passers.
Kansas State has just nine sacks on the year, and seven of those came against wins over Central Arkansas and Baylor. There was next to nothing happening behind the line against Texas and TCU’s passing games, and there was no pressure in the Vanderbilt loss.
One Reason Why Kansas State Will Win
Kansas State will need to manufacture points and get a little bit of luck along the way. That means winning the turnover battle.
The Wildcats have only given it up five times on the year, with two of those coming in the loss to Vanderbilt. On the other side, for all the good things Oklahoma does, it doesn’t take the ball away – at least it hasn’t in the last two weeks. The Sooners have just five takeaways.
QB Jesse Ertz is still very, very questionable, but if he can’t go, or struggles, Alex Delton is just enough of a baller to bother the Sooner defensive front like Texas QB Sam Ehlinger did last week. Mobile quarterbacks are an X factor at the moment against OU.
The Sooner defense can be moved on. The Wildcats just have to do it for a full 60 minutes.
What’s Going To Happen
Kansas State showed great fight on the road against Texas a few weeks ago, but it didn’t have anything against TCU in the bad weather conditions. The Oklahoma game will be somewhere in the middle.
There will be times when the Sooners look like they’re running in sand – Kansas State will creatively put together some big runs – but the Wildcat secondary that’s been hammered over the last month is about to give up over 300 yards to Mr. Mayfield.
Oklahoma vs. Kansas State Prediction
Oklahoma 34, Kansas State 26
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