- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

No. 2 Baylor (7-0, 4-0 Big 12, No. 6 CFP) at Kansas State (3-4, 0-4), 6:30 p.m. CT (FS1)

Line: Baylor by 17

Series Record: Kansas State leads 7-5

WHAT’S AT STAKE

The Bears try to stay in contention for college football’s playoffs with freshman Jarrett Stidham under center for the injured Seth Russell. The Wildcats try to avoid their first 0-5 start to league play since 1989, the first year of coach Bill Snyder’s rebuilding job.

KEY MATCHUP

Baylor RB Shock Linwood against the Kansas State defense. The strength of the Wildcats’ defense has been in stopping the run, but few teams are as strong on the ground at Baylor. Linwood is closing in on 1,000 yards for the season. The Bears are averaging 338 yards, second-best nationally.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Baylor: Stidham hasn’t started a game since last year’s Texas high school playoffs. But in mop-up duty - and he’s gotten a lot of that this year - Stidham has showed the arm strength and accuracy of Russell, who sustained a neck injury in the Bears’ last game against Iowa State. He will challenge a Kansas State pass defense that was gutted by Oklahoma a couple of weeks ago.

Kansas State: QB Joe Hubener has been good at times, disastrous at others. He needs to be the guy who helped to lead the Wildcats to first-half leads against Oklahoma State and TCU.

FACTS & FIGURES

Baylor has won three straight in series. … The Bears have won 20 of their last 22 Big 12 games. … The Bears are ranked in the top 10 nationally in 17 statistical categories, including the top mark in scoring offense, total offense and pass efficiency. … The Bears are 7-0 for the third team in school history. They started 8-0 in 2012. … Baylor WR Corey Coleman is third nationally in yards receiving and has nation-best 18 TD receptions. … Stidham has thrown for 331 yards and six TD passes in backup duty. … Kansas State is playing its fourth ranked team in the past five games. … Wildcats coach Bill Snyder needs 10 victories for 200 in his career. … Kansas State lost to then-No. 2 TCU in Manhattan earlier this season.

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