- Associated Press - Thursday, November 3, 2016

No. 22 Oklahoma State (6-2, 4-1 Big 12, No. 18 CFP) at Kansas State (5-3, 3-2), Saturday 3:30 p.m. (ABC/ESPN2)

Line: Kansas State by 2½.

Series record: Oklahoma State leads 38-24


Oklahoma State controls its own destiny in the Big 12 because it still has to play Oklahoma, the only remaining unbeaten team in league play. The Wildcats are likely out of title contention, but another win makes them bowl eligible, and two more would give 77-year-old coach Bill Snyder his 200th.


Prolific passer Mason Rudolph, who directs the Cowboys’ often potent offense, against Kansas State’s defense. Rudolph has already thrown for 2,532 yards with 17 touchdowns and just two picks, but he will be going against arguably the Big 12’s best defense - one that mostly shut down West Virginia and Texas.


Oklahoma State: Rudolph’s favorite target is James Washington. The junior WR has 43 catches for 857 yards and six touchdowns this season, and is coming off a 117-yard receiving effort in last week’s win over the Mountaineers.

Kansas State: QB Jesse Ertz needs to be able to put up points for the Wildcats. Sure, their defense should be able to keep them in the game, but Oklahoma State’s propensity for high-scoring affairs means that Ertz will need to match the Cowboys at some point in the game.


The series is tied 6-6 since 1998 with the home team winning each of the last five meetings … Oklahoma State kicked a 37-yard FG with 32 seconds left for a 36-34 victory last year … Cowboys coach Mike Gundy won his 100th game last weekend … Oklahoma State is riding a four-game Big 12 win streak … Cowboys lead league in turnover margin … Kansas State is fifth nationally in rush defense … The Wildcats ran for 247 yards last week against Iowa State … Ertz ran for career-best 106 yards vs Cyclones … Kansas State has held seven of its first eight opponents below their season average for scoring … The Wildcats have not allowed any points off their seven turnovers this season.


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