College Football Preview: No. 20 Oklahoma at Kansas State Pick
This Saturday, the twentieth ranked Oklahoma Sooners will travel to Manhattan, Kansas to take on the unranked Kansas State Wildcats. The Cats are 3.5 point favorites over the Sooners even though the Sooners have won four of their last five, including a 48-10 blow out victory over the Iowa State Cyclones last week.
The Sooners are 8-2 on the season and 5-2 within the Big 12. Kansas State is 6-4 on the season with a big 12 record of 4-3. The road team has managed to cover the spread in the last four meetings between these two teams but that trend will probably change this Saturday. First off, Oklahoma's starting quarterback Blake Bell will miss the game due to a concussion he suffered in last week's game. Freshman and Oklahoma native Trevor Knight will be at the helm instead. This problem is compounded by the suspension of running back Damien Williams and wide out Lacolten Baster. The Wildcats enter Saturday's game with the momentum over conference rival TCU last week. Kansas state has been victorious in its past four outings and they may find some success against a Sooners' offense missing so many key players.
The Sooners average 236 rushing yards per game but without Damien Williams, who leads the team in rushing TDs, their attack could falter. The Wildcats already allow just 23.3 points per game and Oklahoma could have a lot of trouble scoring. Kansas State quarterback Jake Waters has thrown for nearly 1,700 yards and rushed for 784 yards with 21 combined touchdowns. He could get a lot of opportunities against an exhausted Sooners defense if Oklahoma can't move the ball. The Sooners will still have their leading rusher, Brennan Clay but all the obstacles could be too much to overcome on the road. I expect the Wildcats to win 24-14 at home and keep the Sooners from covering the spread. The game has a kickoff time of 11:00 a.m.. and will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1. If the Sooners can manage the upset, it will be Bob Stoops' 158th career win which will push him past Barry Swisser as the all-time Winingest coach in Sooner's history.