Well as much fun as the first three weeks were, the Kansas State Wildcats fell back to Earth, hard, in week four. It was the first road game of the season for K-State, and the Wildcats looked shell-shocked like most teams have this season in their first road game. The offense had trouble moving the ball, and the defense had trouble stopping the ball. About the only unit that consistently did well last weekend was the punt unit. Yeah, it was that kind of night.
But the Cats are back in town, and this time it’s the Oklahoma Sooners who are headed north for their first road game of the season. The Sooners were supposed to open the season against Tulane in New Orleans before Hurricane Ida forced the relocation of the game to Norman. OU has not looked great this season, winning their first three “real” games by 5, 7, and 3 points (respectively), and progressively scoring less each game. Against West Virginia last week, the Sooners put up just 57 rushing yards and 256 passing yards, and settled for three field goals late to eek out the victory. Not exactly inspiring.
But if there is one thing Big 12 fans now, it’s that OU can turn it on at any moment. They have the talent, they have good coaches, they are still the juggernaut this conference has to contend with (for at least a couple more years). Just last year, the Sooners lost their first two Big 12 games before turning things on and winning the Big 12 championship and stomping Florida in the Cotton Bowl.
So is today the day the Sooners let loose and get their train rolling? It’s a revenge game for them; losing their last two against K-State should have them ready to go. But it’s their first road game, and as K-State fans saw against SIU and Nevada, the crowd at BSFS should cause some problems, at least early, for the visitors.
But it can’t just be the fans. If the Wildcats want to keep their streak alive, they’re going to have to show back up and ready to play, because a similar performance to last week is going to end up very, very poorly for the Wildcats.
Let’s hope home is a safe place for the Wildcats.
We’re finally back on terrestrial television this week, with a 2:30pm CT kickoff from Bill Snyder Family Stadium being aired for a national audience on FOX with Aaron Goldsmith (play-by-play) and Brock Huard (analyst) on the call. The game should also be available streaming via Fox Sports Live, if you already have the correct TV subscription.
If for some reason you don’t get FOX, or can’t access the stream, the game can be heard across the 39-station K-State Sports Network with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play), former K-State quarterback Stan Weber (analyst), and Matt Walters (sidelines) calling the action. The game will also be on Sirius channel 83, XM Channel 83, and available on the The Varsity Network app. Live stats are available at k-statesports.com, and Twitter updates (@KStateFB) will also be a part of the coverage.