The cards are definitely stacked against K-State this afternoon, but it’s worth remembering that this certainly isn’t the first time Oklahoma State is a prohibitive favorite over the Cats... and quite often, K-State manages to take the game into the final minutes with a chance to win. Considering what this team has just missed doing against Oklahoma, Texas, and West Virginia this season, anything is possible.
Kansas State (5-5, 3-4 Big 12) visits the Oklahoma State Cowboys (8-2, 5-2 Big 12). Under Bill Snyder, K-State has an 11-6 edge over the Cowboys. However, Oklahoma State leads the all-time series 39-24, and 21-8 in Stillwater -- where the Cats have not won since 1999. Those road losses are deceptive, though. The Cats lost by four in 2003 with Ell Roberson injured; by two in 2007 with a mediocre Ron Prince squad; by a touchdown in 2011 in the infamous 52-45 game; by four points with Jake Waters in 2013; and in 2015, a .500 Wildcat squad lost by two to the Sugar Bowl-bound Cowboys to kick off that horrible six-game losing streak.
The point here is this: K-State has trouble winning in Stillwater, but in the last two decades that’s amounted to five losses by a combined total of 19 points. Which leads us to...
Oklahoma State opened as 21-point favorites, and the line has moved one point in K-State’s favor over the week. The over/under is at 64, so Vegas is looking for a 44-24 win for the bad guys. OddsShark’s predictor has the Pokes scoring four more points than that... but has the Cats getting to 29, and covering. But as the series history in Stillwater indicates, this should be an easy cover for K-State, because weird things happen there.
Saturday, November 18 at 2:30pm CT, Boone Pickens Stadium (56,790) in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
It’s sold out, and the secondary market is actually scattered and limited. You can get in the door for as little as $8 and the median price is $17, but that includes most of the upper deck ducats. The cheapest seats below nosebleed are $16, with the median at $35; the cheapest lower-level seats are $26, and range all the way up to one crisp portrait of Benjamin Franklin and beyond.
ESPN2 with Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, and Roddy Jones. In other words, the same team that called last week’s game, with Mike Golic Jr. being replaced.
K-State Sports Network, with Wyatt Thompson, Stan Weber, and Matt Walters. The Oklahoma State broadcast with Dave Hunziker, John Holcombe, and Robert Allen can be heard on Sirius 113/XM 200, as well as all over Oklahoma and even in southern Kansas and Amarillo on the Cowboy Radio Network.
Video streaming via ESPN3. Audio streaming via K-State Sports and via the TuneIn app. Live stats... well, Oklahoma State isn’t providing them, so we may have a problem.