Oklahoma must not look past Kansas State when the two Big 12 teams face off at the Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium on Saturday.
Kansas State comes into the game on an impressive four-game winning streak, during which time the Wildcats knocked off Texas Tech, among others. With a 6-4 record (4-3 in the Big 12), this team has faced some tough opponents and won't be easily defeated.
Heading into this game, Oklahoma features an 8-2 record.
After getting hammered by Baylor to open up the month of November, the Sooners bounced back last weekend with a big 48-10 win over Iowa State, and Oklahoma State is looming to close out the season.
It's a perfect storm for a trap game, and the Sooners must bring their best effort on Saturday to avoid a costly loss to the Wildcats.
Here's a look at when and where you can catch the game, along with injury reports for both teams.
When: Saturday, Nov. 23, at noon ET
Where: Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium, Manhattan, Kan.
Watch: Fox Sports 1
Betting Lines (via Covers)
- Over/Under: 54.5 points
- Spread: Kansas State (-3.5)
Oklahoma Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Jordan Evans||LB||Ques Sat - Undisclosed - 11/18/13|
|Keith Ford||RB||Ques Sat - Undisclosed - 11/18/13|
|Sterling Shepard||WR||Ques Sat - Undisclosed - 11/18/13|
|D.J. Ward||DE||Ques Sat - Stomach - 11/18/13|
|Trey Metoyer||WR||Out indefinitely - Disciplinary - 10/16/13|
|Corey Nelson||LB||Out for season - Pectoral - 11/2/13|
|Jake Reed||OL||Out indefinitely - Suspension - 8/26/13|
|Jordan Smallwood||WR||Out indefinitely - Foot - 8/17/13|
Kansas State Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Logan Thompson||LB||Ques Sat - Disciplinary - 11/17/13|
Who Will Start at QB for the Sooners?
Junior quarterback Blake Bell was hurt last weekend against Iowa State, leaving the game in the second quarter with an injured leg. In his stead, freshman Trevor Knight and sophomore Kendal Thompson got a chance to play, and both performed admirably in the team's blowout win against the Cyclones.
In particular, the freshman Knight had a big impact on the team's running game, utilizing the read-option to rush for 123 yards and a touchdown while adding another 61 yards passing.
''No need in presenting that,'' Stoops said. ''Why would I give that? The quarterback issue, it does no possible good to define all of that today or Friday. We will just go into the game and hopefully have all of them ready.''
While Bell certainly has more experience than the other two quarterbacks, there's no doubt Knight sparked Oklahoma's offense last weekend.
By not naming his starter this week, Stoops is giving the Wildcat coaches something extra to chew on when game-planning for this upcoming contest.
There's a good chance this game turns into a defensive struggle.
Both teams allow under 24 points per contest, and they both rely heavily on their running games to sustain offensive drives.
Kansas State has been really tough to beat at home this year.
Baylor scored just 35 points against the Wildcats when the Bears came into town to win by 10 points (the lowest scoring output of the season), and the only other loss at home occurred in Week 1—a 24-21 heartbreaker to North Dakota State.
Oklahoma has only lost twice this season, but this Sooners team isn't scaring anyone.
Kansas State wins 31-27.
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