Oklahoma is on the road against Kansas State on Saturday, October 21, in Manhattan, Kan.
The game features a Sooners (5-1, 2-1 Big 12) team fresh off of a physically and emotionally draining win over arch-rival Texas in the Red River Showdown. Kansas State (3-3, 1-2 Big 12), on the other hand, lost 26-6 to TCU last Saturday at home.
Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley never lost to the Wildcats as the Sooners offensive coordinator, and that doesn’t appear it will change with every media outlet picking Oklahoma to win on Saturday. It helps that the Sooners have historically dominated the Wildcats, leading the all-time series 74-19-4. There was even a period from 1935 to 1972 when Oklahoma went 55-2-1 against Kansas State.
Kansas State has turned into a respectable program under coach Bill Snyder, who is 8-14 against Oklahoma in his tenure. He’ll try to get another on Saturday, two years after Oklahoma beat Kansas State 55-0 in the stadium named after its head coach.
Oklahoma-Kansas State football TV channel, time, live stream
UPDATE: Oklahoma-Kansas State was delayed due to lightning in the area. Kickoff was pushed back to 3:35 p.m. CT.
TV channel: Oklahoma vs. Kansas State will be televised on FOX.
Time: The game kicks off at 3 p.m. CT.
Live stream: A live stream of the Oklahoma-Kansas State game is available on FoxSportsGo.com.
Oklahoma-Kansas State football picks, odds
Odds: Oklahoma opened as a 14-point favorite by Bovada. The over/under is set at 54.
- USA TODAY’s staff unanimously picked Oklahoma over Kansas State.
- Sports Illustrated’s staff unanimously picked Oklahoma.
- Athlon Sports’ staff unanimously picked Oklahoma.
- CBS Sports’ staff … yep, you guessed it … unanimously picked Oklahoma.
- Dallas Morning News’ staff unanimously picked Oklahoma straight up and nearly unanimously against the spread if not for writer Adam Grosbard.
- Bleacher Report’s Kerry Miller picked Oklahoma 38-17.
3 keys to the game
1. Hold on to a lead
It’s pretty obvious what Oklahoma’s biggest problem is right now. It’s as clear as day. The Sooners cannot figure out a way to keep a lead to save their life. It almost came to bite Oklahoma against Baylor, it did bite them against Iowa State and it almost doomed them against Texas.
Oklahoma is great at getting out to fast starts. Baker Mayfield and the offense have been clicking on all cylinders in the early parts of the past four weeks, but somewhere along the way, the scoring comes to a halt and the other team starts to gain momentum. It’ll be huge for Oklahoma to get the likes of Trey Sermon and Rodney Anderson going to give the team a consistent ground game, especially in the red zone.
The defense can only do so much. Say what you will about defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, but Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and the Oklahoma defense came to play against Texas, but they couldn’t hold out forever as the offense couldn’t find a way to score.
2. Prepare for everything
It’s still unclear if Iowa State is legit or not, but Oklahoma did not look like they were prepared at all for the Cyclones offense with quarterback Jacob Park sitting out. Maybe Oklahoma should have “out-talented” Iowa State, but maybe Iowa State just had the better game plan on offense.
Kansas State is a similar situation where Snyder won’t really say who’s going to be starting at quarterback on Saturday. Needless to say, Stoops needs one of his better coaching performances this season. Oklahoma’s attention to detail, focus and preparation will be key to get through a rough stretch of its Big 12 schedule.
3. Move past Texas
Oklahoma-Texas was fun, it was thrilling, it was a classic game between two rivals. But Oklahoma can’t afford to dwell on the Texas win. Coach Bob Stoops was great at getting his team up for games the week following Texas. In fact, he only lost the week after Texas once during his coaching career — against Kansas State. So it’s imperative the Sooners aren’t too physically and emotionally drained from their 29-24 win over the Longhorns.
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