The No. 14-ranked Cowboys (4-1, 3-1 Big 12) fell 41-34 in overtime to Texas Longhorns last week to likely end their hopes of a College Football Playoff spot, but a spot in the Big 12 Conference Championship Game is still in play. OSU is a half game back of K-State (4-2, 3-1) and No. 17 Iowa State (4-2, 3-1) atop the conference standings. The Cowboys hold a 24-21 win over the Cyclones, who host Baylor on Saturday. ISU and K-State clash on Nov. 21 in Manhattan.
Chuba Hubbard rushed for a career-high 296 yards and 11.8 yards per carry in OSU’s 26-13 win against K-State a year ago. His 550 yards this season ranks 16th in the country and third in the Big 12 behind ISU’s Breece Hall and West Virginia’s Leddie Brown. Hubbard had only 72 yards on 25 carriers last week.
OSU coach Mike Gundy said he’ll stick with Spencer Sanders after the quarterback had a career-high 400 yards and four touchdowns, but committed three turnovers (one interception, two fumbles) against Texas. Sanders was playing in just his second full game this season after recovering from ankle injury from the season opener.
After its season-opening loss to Arkansas State, K-State won four straight games before an embarrassing 37-10 loss at WVU. Will Howard was 19 of 37 for 184 yards and a touchdown, but threw three interceptions with returned for a score. His lone touchdown was a 35-yard pass to Malik Knowles. WVU’s defense contained Deuce Vaughn and kept him to only 22 yards on nine carries and only one yard on two catches.
The scoring outburst by WVU elevated K-State’s already poor defensive numbers. The Wildcats have allowed 437.3 yards and 26 points per game. They’re fourth in scoring defense and eighth in total defense.
K-State’s front-seven on defense is the problem area and the strength is its secondary with cornerbacks Ekow Boye-Doe and Justin Gardner and safety Jahron McPherson. They’ll be tasked with trying to slow down Tylan Wallace, who has a team-high 588 yards and four scores. Braydon Johnson and Dillon Stoner also pose a threat, while Landon Wolf showed up against Texas with three catches for 37 yards and a touchdown.
The Cowboys lead the all-time series against Wildcats, 40-26, but had lost two straight before a 26-13 home win. OSU has lost three of the past four meetings in Manhattan dating back to 2012, with its lone win being a 43-37 victory Nov. 5, 2016.
Recent series history
2019: OSU 26-13 in Stillwater
2018: KSU 31-12 in Manhattan
2017: KSU 45-40 in Stillwater
2016: OSU 43-37 in Manhattan
2015: OSU 36-34 in Stillwater
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How to watch
What: No. 14 Oklahoma State at Kansas State
When: 3 p.m. Saturday
Where: Bill Snyder Family Stadium; Manhattan, Kansas
Live stream: fubo TV (try for free)