Oklahoma State vs. Kansas State fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, October 13
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, KS
Oklahoma State (4-2) vs. Kansas State (2-4) Game Preview
One Reason Why Oklahoma State Will Win
And here comes the pass rush.
There might be a whole slew of issues lately with an Oklahoma State team that’s lost two of its last three games, but the pass rush has been fantastic, cranking up 28 sacks so far and living behind the line.
The Kansas State offensive front continues to be a massive disappointment. It’s giving up plays behind the line on a regular basis, and it’s last in the Big 12 in pass protection.
The Wildcat O might have finally done something right in last week’s loss to Baylor, but it doesn’t have the consistent downfield passing game or steady rushing production to keep up if the Cowboys get up early.
And because of that OSU pass rush, the worst offense in the Big 12 on third downs is going to have a massive issue moving the chains.
One Reason Why Kansas State Will Win
Yeah, that whole thing about the the offensive line not keeping defenses out of the backfield? Oklahoma State’s front five is worse at it than Kansas State.
The Cowboys are lousy in pass protection and get hit hard by anyone and everyone who tried to get into the backfield, allowing a Big 12-worst 8.33 tackles for loss per game.
Kansas State might not have a pass rush so far, and it’s not doing enough against the run, but if there was ever a week to turn it loose, this would be it.
So what worked for the struggling offense last week against the Bears? The Wildcats ran for 319 yards and four scores, with Alex Barnes coming up with 250 yards and three scores. So far in his career, give him the ball 20 times, and he hits 100 yards – except in last year’s win over Oklahoma State.
No one has committed to the run against the Cowboys, partly because it’s been hard to get success early on. This is the week Kansas State has to give it a shot.
What’s Going To Happen
Oklahoma State’s big problem is in the secondary – getting hit with 325 passing yards or more in three of the last four games, and allowing 12 touchdowns during the stretch. Fortunately for the Cowboys, Kansas State can’t throw consistently well enough to take advantage of the opportunity.
The Cowboy defensive front will make too many big plays against the Wildcat running game, and the offense will set too fast a pass for K-State to keep up.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Oklahoma State 38, Kansas State 26
Line: Oklahoma State -6.5, o/u: 61.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 4
Must See Rating: 2.5
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