Kansas State will follow its bye week with one of the most difficult games on its schedule. The Wildcats face the Oklahoma Sooners at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla.
The No. 8 Sooners (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) are favored by 24 1/2 points, and they haven’t lost at home this season. They are coming off a 52-27 win at TCU.
The Wildcats (3-4, 1-3) are coming off a 31-12 victory over Oklahoma State that will provide momentum entering this game. Bill Snyder spent the bye week preparing for Oklahoma.
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Memorial Stadium, Norman, Okla.
Radio: KQAM (1480 AM) in Wichita, KCSP (610 AM) in Kansas City
The line: Oklahoma by 24 1/2
Five things to know
- Kyler Murray picked up where Baker Mayfield left off. The Sooners once again have a playoff-level offense. Murray is a big reason why. The Oklahoma quarterback is following in Mayfield’s footsteps this season. So far, he has thrown for 1,977 yards, 25 touchdowns and three interceptions. He has also added 428 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.
- History is on K-State’s side this week. The last two times the Wildcats played Oklahoma on the road coming off a bye week, they won. K-State defeated OU 24-19 in 2012 and 31-30 in 2014. The Sooners have won the last three in this series.
- Oklahoma running back Trey Sermon’s playing status is up in the air. Sermon, the Sooners’ leading rusher, injured his leg against TCU last week and did not finish the game. OU coach Lincoln Riley says it will be a few days before he knows if Sermon will be able to play against K-State.
- There is a new defensive coordinator in Norman. Riley cut ties with Mike Stoops following a 48-45 loss to Texas. Ruffin McNeill took over, and the defense seemed to respond against the Horned Frogs. Oklahoma held TCU to 275 yards.
- Alex Barnes will try to keep rolling in this game. Barnes, who leads the Big 12 in rushing yards (788) by a wide margin is coming off a pair of monster games. The Wildcats would love to feature him again against the Sooners, but stopping him will likely be their top defensive priority. Can he keep his streak of big games going?