Series Record: Oklahoma State leads 35-22.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Oklahoma State can match the best start in school history while staying on the path to the BCS national title game. After suffering its first loss last week, Kansas State needs to bounce back to stay in the thick of the race for the Big 12 title.
Kansas State rush offense vs. Oklahoma State defense. The Wildcats are averaging 210 yards rushing and will likely try to grind out a win with a ground-based offense that has committed only eight turnovers this season. The Cowboys’ 111th-ranked defense thrives on turnovers, leads the nation in takeaways (29), interceptions (17) and turnover margin (plus-2.34) and is tied for first in fumbles forced (12).
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Oklahoma State: WR Justin Blackmon. The 2010 Biletnikoff Award winner is coming off his best game of the season, tying his career-high with 13 catches for 172 yards. Now, he faces a pass defense that just gave up 505 yards and ranks 103rd in the nation.
Kansas State: CB Nigel Malone. A semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, Malone leads the Big 12 and ranks second in the nation with six interceptions. He had his second two-interception game of the season last week against Oklahoma.
FACTS & FIGURES
Oklahoma State has only started a season 9-0 once _ and it finished that way, too. Known as the Oklahoma A&M Aggies back then, the school won all nine of its games, including the Sugar Bowl, in 1945. … A ninth straight win would also mark the second-longest winning streak for the program, behind a 13-game run from 1944-46. … Kansas State will go for its first three-game Big 12 road win streak since 2002.
Line: Stanford by 21.
Series Record: Stanford leads 49-25-3.
WHAT’S AT STAKE