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Preview: Oklahoma State at Kansas State

The Cowboys venture to The Little Apple to take on the Wildcats

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After another hard to explain loss to Iowa State, The Cowboys will look to salvage their season in Manhattan when they take on the Wildcats. With the schedule not getting any easier, the Cowboys could be looking at not making a bowl game.


Game Info:

Where: Bill Snyder Stadium- Manhattan, Kansas

When: Saturday Oct.10-11 A.M. CST

TV: ESPNU

Stream: WatchESPN

Radio: Okstate.com or radio list


Get to know the Kansas State Wildcats(2-4,0-3 Big 12):

NCAA Football: Kansas State at Baylor Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

The 2018 Wildcats are unlike Bill Snyder teams of yore. They have yet to win a conference game and Snyder seems to be slowly losing his mind. He has forgotten players names completely and other various woes. Let's just say after talking to the Bring on the Cats guys, things are bleak for the program.

The defense, which has been a staple for K-State during Snyder’s tenure as head coach has given up 180.7 yards on the ground so far this season. In other words this could be a problem for them when Justice Hill is on the opposing team.

On offense, their run game kept it close against Baylor. They ran the ball for 319 yards in Waco. The thing about the Wildcats that I find interesting is that despite not winning a Big 12 game yet, the only one that was a blow out was West Virginia. Which was expected considering West Virginia might be playing for the Big 12 title and has a Heisman contender at quarterback. They lost the Texas game by 6 points and to Baylor by a field goal. They just haven’t been able to close despite being able to almost make the comeback.

What to Watch For- Oklahoma State(4-2, 1-2 Big 12):

I fully expect the game plan to be do just the amount needed to get out of there with a W and move on to the bye week and prepare for Texas. However, the Pokes can’t get too far ahead of themselves. As I said earlier, this is a must win game. With the schedule just getting more challenging toward the end of the season, they have to take this win. That week off will come after you get home from Manhattan. With the way the K-State defense has struggled to stop the run, I fully expect Oklahoma State to unleash Justice Hill. However, for that to happen the O-line has got to play better. You can’t go through holes that aren’t there. Defensively, I expect them to let K-State have a few good drives. I also expect them to have trouble with Alex Barnes. Quarterback Skyler Thompson can run as well so they’ll have to be alert and pick on that.

Player to Watch: Alex Barnes

Alex Barnes had 22 carries for 250 yards last week. He also scored three touchdowns. The junior running back is a player who you want to have the ball. He’s averaging 101.2 yards/game.

NCAA Football: Kansas State at Baylor Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

Prediction:

I think this is going to be a close game. I’m going to say that the Pokes escape Manhattan with a TD late in game that makes it 28-35.