- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

No. 14 KANSAS STATE (4-1, 2-0 Big 12) at No. 11 OKLAHOMA (5-1, 2-1), noon ET (ESPN)

Line: Oklahoma by 8.

Series Record: Oklahoma leads 72-18-4

WHAT’S AT STAKE

It’s essentially an elimination game for playoff contention. Neither team can afford a second loss. Neither has defeated a ranked team this season, so they both seek a quality win to boost their resumes. Both have lost to ranked teams - Oklahoma lost 37-33 at TCU; Kansas State lost 20-14 at home to Auburn.

KEY MATCHUP

Oklahoma rushing offense vs. Kansas State run defense. Oklahoma freshman Samaje Perine is the Big 12’s No. 2 rusher with 94.7 yards per game, but Kansas State allows just 81.4 yards rushing per game, lowest in the conference. Oklahoma is better at hitting the deep ball to Sterling Shepard when its running game works.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Kansas State: QB Jake Waters. The dual threat has passed for 1,206 yards and rushed for 320 in five games. Oklahoma struggled to contain Texas dual-threat quarterback Tyrone Swoopes last week and will need to be more disciplined to contain Waters.

Oklahoma: KR Alex Ross. The speedster leads the nation with 45.7 yards per kickoff return, and his touchdowns on returns against West Virginia and Texas played a major part in those wins for the Sooners. Kansas State allows the Big 12’s highest net average on kickoffs.

FACTS & FIGURES

Oklahoma has a 12-7 record against Kansas State coach Bill Snyder. … Shepard ranks second in the Big 12 with 119 yards receiving per game. … Oklahoma has scored on 23 of its 24 trips to the red zone. … Kansas State leads the Big 12 in time of possession. … Kansas State has the fewest average penalty yards in the conference. … The Sooners are 7-0 the past two years when DB Zack Sanchez intercepts a pass.


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