- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

Kansas State (3-0, 0-0 Big 12) at No. 20 Oklahoma State (4-0, 1-0), 4 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

Line: Oklahoma State by 7.5

Series Record: Oklahoma State leads 37-24

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Both schools probably didn’t play as well as they’d have liked in their last games, but still pulled out dramatic victories. Oklahoma State is coming off a 30-27 comeback win over Texas in which kicker Ben Grogan connected on field goals from 41 and 40 yards in the final 1:33. Kansas State, which enjoyed its bye last weekend, prevailed 39-33 in three overtimes over Louisiana Tech on Sept. 19.

KEY MATCHUP

Oklahoma State’s running game, which averaged just 2.2 yards per carry last week against Texas, against Kansas State’s rushing defense that tops the Big 12 and ranks eighth in the nation, allowing just 78.3 yards per game and 2.4 yards per carry. Cowboys RB Chris Carson, who gained 39 yards on 12 rushes (a 3.2-yard average) before sustaining an undisclosed injury Saturday, is questionable.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Kansas State: RB Justin Silmon. The freshman stepped forward with an outstanding performance last week against Louisiana Tech, rushing for 119 yards on 24 carries, which marked the first time a K-State running back reached 100 yards since 2013. He leads the squad with 210 yards.

Oklahoma State: QB Mason Rudolph. The sophomore endured his first real dose of adversity last weekend in his seventh career game, tossing two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown, with another pick called back due to a penalty. He also lost a fumble that also was returned for a score. Still, he did complete 22 of 34 passes for 290 yards and a touchdown.

FACTS & FIGURES

Oklahoma State has won each of the last four meetings between the schools in Stillwater, although the average margin of victory on those games was just 4.5 points. . K-State has the most victories, 27, of any Big 12 school since 2011. . Oklahoma State has won 28 of its last 29 home games against unranked opponents, dating back to 2010. . Under coach Bill Snyder, the Wildcats own an 18-7 record in games following their bye week.

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