Two years ago, K-State traveled to Norman, Okla., as a solid underdog and upset the Oklahoma Sooners en route to the 2012 Big 12 championship.
If history is to repeat itself this year in the form of K-State winning a Big 12 championship, history will probably have to repeat itself with the Wildcats winning in Norman. Oklahoma opened as a double-digit favorite, though the line has since dropped to around a touchdown.
It won't be easy, not that it ever is. Oklahoma has already lost to TCU in conference play, and another loss would all but eliminate them from conference title contention. You can rest assured that we will have the Sooners' full attention.
Players to Watch
Passing: Jake Waters, 93-143-3, 1,206 yards, 8.4 yards/attempt, 7 TDs, 241.2 yards/game
Rushing: Charles Jones, 57 carries, 293 yards, 5.1 yards/carry, 8 TDs, 58.6 yards/game
Receiving: Tyler Lockett, 29 receptions, 399 yards, 13.8 yards/reception, 3 TDs, 79.8 yards/game
Passing: Trevor Knight, 102-185-5, 1,503 yards, 8.1 yards/attempt, 6 TDs, 250.5 yards/game
Rushing: Samaje Perine, 109 carries, 568 yards, 5.2 yards/carry, 9 TDs, 94.7 yards/game
Receiving: Sterling Shepard, 34 receptions, 714 yards, 21.0 yards/reception, 4 TDs, 119.0 yards/game
That Shepard guy is pretty good. Presumably, he will draw Danzel McDaniel in coverage, which will be a fantastic matchup to watch. K-State's rushing defense is one of the best in the business, and the game plan will almost certainly involve shutting down Perine and Knight on the ground and making Knight beat us through the air. While he hasn't been bad, Knight hasn't taken as big a step forward as many expected.
Oklahoma's defense has looked a little less ferocious the last few weeks than it did early in the year, but the Sooners are still good. In lieu of Lockett having another huge game Saturday, there is legitimate concern on K-State's side about where the yards and points will come from. There's no consistent, established rushing attack. And while Waters is as good or better than last year and Lockett is still Lockett, the passing game hasn't been as fearsome as most had hoped. Curry Sexton has stepped up lately. Let's hope he can better the four passes for 66 yards that he and Tramaine Thompson combined for last year against Oklahoma.