Kansas State looks to continue its trek toward a conference championship and possibly a berth in the BCS championship game when it hosts the defending Big 12 champion Oklahoma State Cowboys.
The game, which sees the Wildcats sitting as 8-point favorites on most college football odds menus, will be played in Manhattan, Kansas Saturday night (8 p.m. ET, ABC).
Kansas State began this season with non-conference wins over Missouri State, Miami and North Texas, then opened Big 12 play with an upset of Oklahoma. The 'Cats followed that up with a rivalry win over Kansas and consecutive conference road victories at Iowa State and at West Virginia.
Last week, Kansas State disposed of Texas Tech, 55-24, and now faces an OSU team that has beaten them three straight. But in eight meetings going back to the 1990s, Kansas State is just 2-6 ATS, according to the matchup report.
K State, led by Heisman candidate QB Collin Klein, has hit the 50-point mark on offense five times already this year.
So at 8-0 overall and 5-0 in conference play, the Wildcats lead the Big 12 by a game and a half over Oklahoma and Oklahoma State and are ranked No. 2 in this week's BCS standings.
The Cowboys, meanwhile, opened its season with that 84-0 scrimmage over Savannah State, then gave up 59 points in a loss at Arizona, then put up 65 points of its own in beating Louisiana-Lafayette.
OSU then lost its Big 12 opener to Texas, 41-36, but since then has won three straight conference games, beating Kansas 20-14, Iowa State 31-10 and, last week, TCU 36-14.
So the Cowboys are only a game and a half out of the lead in the Big 12, and could cut that to a half-game with a victory Saturday.
Statistically speaking, Oklahoma State is averaging 239 yards rushing per game this season and holding opponents to 128 YPG on the ground. Those numbers are a bit skewed, though, by the two non-conference blowout victories.
K State, meanwhile, is outrushing foes by a 229-101YPG margin.
Last year the Cowboys won a wild one over the Wildcats, stopping K State at the 5-yard line in the final seconds to secure a 52-45 victory.
So far this season, Kansas State is 6-1-1 ATS, while Oklahoma State is 3-3 ATS.
Both teams control their BCS destiny, making the Cowboys a danger to the KSU perfect season here.
Free Pick: K State looks like this year's OK State, rolling to victories in search of an unlikely conference title. We'll try to ride that momentum with the Wildcats (minus the points) for Saturday. (courtesy of PickShark.com)