Oklahoma State vs. Kansas Prediction, Game Preview

Kansas (0-6) showed promise in a not-that-bad loss to Texas Tech, but it was still a loss without any real hope in sight for a massive improvement. Oklahoma State (6-0), on the flip side, is in the midst of a great season with the big games still ahead. Now it’s time to get through alive. Check out the Oklahoma State vs. Kansas prediction and game preview.

Oklahoma State vs. Kansas Game Preview


Date: Saturday, Oct. 24
Game Time: 3:30 pm
Venue: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OK
Network: FOX Sports 1

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Why You Need To Care

At least the Kansas offense moved a little bit and the defense came up with its best performance of the season. Unfortunately, it was still a 30-20 loss to Texas Tech with three of the next four games on the road. The Jayhawks have to go to Texas and TCU, and have a home date against Oklahoma – if they can stay within 20 of any of the next four games before hosting West Virginia, consider it a success.

Oklahoma State needed overtime to get by West Virginia a few weeks ago, it slipped past Kansas State by two, and needed a special teams blunder to get by Texas, but 6-0 is 6-0. The offense is starting to come into its own in a conference loaded with high-octane attacks, and it needs to use this game to be fully-loaded for the back-to-back dates against Texas Tech and TCU. Four of the final six games are in Stillwater – the schedule couldn’t be nicer.

Why Kansas Will Win

All of a sudden, there was a passing game. Texas Tech might give up 300 passing yards to you and ten guys off the street, but it was still a positive step for the Jayhawks to keep pressing and pushing on the way to a 330-yard, two touchdown day. Thrown into the first, freshman Ryan Willis looked like he might be the future with 6-4, 211-pound size and a live arm. Can he all of a sudden be the type of difference-maker who can shock an OSU secondary certain to be looking ahead? That could be a problem considering …

Why Oklahoma State Will Win

The Cowboy pass defense has been terrific. Granted, OSU hasn’t dealt with the Oklahoma Air Raid style, or TCU, or Baylor, but it held Central Michigan’s Cooper Rush in check, kept West Virginia’s Skyler Howard under wraps, and in all, has allowed just five touchdown passes, no 300-yard days, and came up with six picks. This is a very efficient, very effective team on both sides of the ball, and Kansas, obviously, isn’t. The Jayhawk defense can’t get off the field, and the offense can’t stay on it – Oklahoma State is terrific on third downs.

Player Who Matters

For all the love some of the nation’s other top pass rushers are receiving – like Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett and Michigan State’s Shilique Calhoun – Oklahoma State’s Emmanuel Ogbah has been every bit as good and even more consistent. The All-America candidate has at least one sack in every game with 33 tackles and 11 tackles for loss. He’s doing exactly what he’s supposed to, and soon he’ll do it on a big stage. However, if he can come up with the ten tackles and two sacks he cranked out last year against KU, he’ll start to get a little more attention.

What’s Going To Happen?

Last week was fun for Kansas, but with two weeks off to rest up, Oklahoma State is about to come out roaring. Willis will throw for over 200 yards for the Jayhawks, but it won’t matter.

Oklahoma State vs. Kansas Prediction

Final Score: Oklahoma State 44, Kansas 20, Line: Oklahoma State -34.5, o/u: 59

Must See Rating: 5: Bridge of Spies – 1: Rock The Kasbah … 2

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