Oklahoma State vs. Kansas: TV Schedule, Radio, Game Time and More

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IOctober 9, 2012

STILLWATER, OK - SEPTEMBER 29: The Oklahoma State Cowboys take the field before the game against the Texas Longhorns on September 29, 2012 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Texas defeated Oklahoma State 41-36. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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The Oklahoma State Cowboys take a disappointing 2-2 record into their Saturday Big 12 showdown with Kansas, but their season is not without hope. 

The Cowboys' offense is playing phenomenally. They have scored at least 36 points in each of their four games. 

They will likely keep that streak going, as they will face a Jayhawks defense that is 86th in the nation in points allowed at 29.6 per game. 

Kansas (1-4) is not doing much right this season, but they will hope to get their offense on track against a generous Cowboys defense. 


Where: Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas 

When: Saturday, October 13 at 3:30 p.m. ET

Watch: FSN

Listen: List of Oklahoma State radio networks, list of Kansas radio networks

Betting Line: Oklahoma State -24 (according to Bet Online on Oct. 9)


Who Might Not Play for Oklahoma State

*Injury information according to the USA Today on Oct. 9. Click the link for updated info. 

Questionable: Christian Littlehead, DT (personal); Wes Lunt, QB (knee); Torrance Carr, WR (foot); Andrae May, CB (knee)

Out: Jonovan Griffin, CB (knee); Jeremiah Tshimanga, LB (knee)


Who Might Not Play for Kansas

*Injury information according to the USA Today on Oct. 9. Click the link for updated info. 

Out: Prinz Kande, LB (knee) 

What They're Saying: Mike Gundy is not tipping his hand regarding the starting QB

 Wes Lunt began the season as the Cowboys' starter, but he went down with an injury on Sept. 15. J.W. Walsh has filled in since and been solid. Lunt is getting closer to playing, but Gundy isn't saying who will start on Saturday. 

The Associated Press has more

True freshman Wes Lunt won a three-way competition during the spring to become the starter, but went down with a knee injury early in a Sept. 15 win over Louisiana-Lafayette. Redshirt freshman J.W. Walsh came in to finish that game and went the distance in a 41-36 loss to Texas on Sept. 29.

Walsh proved effective in both games, passing for 347 yards and four touchdowns against Louisiana-Lafayette and 301 yards and two touchdowns against Texas. He also rushed for 130 yards in the two wins. Lunt went 11-for-11 passing in the season opener—an 84-0 romp over Savannah State—and passed for 436 yards and four touchdowns in a 59-38 loss at Arizona.

Gundy called Lunt's status "day-to-day" on Monday, saying Lunt has returned to throwing drills during practice but hasn't yet run plays. Lunt has missed just one game so far, as Oklahoma State (2-2, 0-1 Big 12) had bye weeks before and after the game against Texas.

Gundy said he thinks Lunt will mentally be ready to play Saturday afternoon against Kansas (1-4, 0-2), but Lunt's physical status will be evaluated during the rest of the week.

"The fairest way to put it is Wes' reps in practice will increase as his body allows," Gundy said, later adding that "we're not going to put him out there until he's ready."


Oklahoma State Player to Watch: Joseph Randle, RB

Junior running back Joseph Randle is following up an outstanding sophomore year with a spectacular season.

Randle has rushed for 534 yards and done so at an average of 7.1 yards per carry. He also can't be slept on in the pass game, as he enters with 11 catches for 89 yards.

Randle has found the end zone six times (all of which came on the ground). 

Kansas Player to Watch: Dayne Crist, QB

In his first season with Kansas, after transferring from Notre Dame, senior quarterback Dayne Crist has not made any Irish fans lament his departure. 

He carries a lowly rating of 98.6 into this game after firing seven interceptions to just three touchdowns. 

Crist is not without talent, but he has little to work with on this offense, and he is pressing himself into bad decisions as a result. 


Key Matchup: Randle vs. Kansas' Rush Defense

Kansas has to get drastically better in its run defense if it wants to keep this game close. We talked about Randle's greatness above, and he has to be licking his chops this week as he prepares to face a Jayhawks defense that has allowed 5.6 yards per rush. 

If Kansas can't slow Randle down, they are in for a long, forgettable day. 


Prediction: Oklahoma State 45, Kansas 24

Oklahoma State has way too much firepower for Kansas. The Jayhawks will have a terrible time trying to get the Cowboys' offense off the field, and there offense will not be able to keep up.