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Week 5 Preview: Oklahoma at Kansas State

College Football Week 5 Preview
PC: John Williams. Oklahoma clashes with Kansas State after a tough battle last year.

College Football takes over the little apple as Oklahoma visits Kansas State.

Kansas State is coming off its first loss of the season. But the Wildcats don’t have time to dwell on their 31-20 defeat at Oklahoma State. They need to prepare for perhaps their most anticipated home game of the year next up on the schedule.

K-State (3-1, 0-1 Big 12) will host No. 6 Oklahoma (4-0, 1-0) at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Why Kansas State Will Win

The Oklahoma running game is just okay. Spencer Rattler isn’t going to take off on the ground. This has been a problem for a Sooner attack that went ballistic when Kyler Murray and Jalen Hurts were able to explode out of the backfield.

The running back tandem of Kennedy Brooks and Eric Gray are okay for the Sooners, but the Kansas State defensive front has been solid so far against the run – it’s not getting gouged and it should get to Rattler enough to matter.

Why Oklahoma Will Win

The Oklahoma offense isn’t working like it’s supposed to, and this hasn’t been the dominant force everyone was expected, but it’s 4-0, it’s been pushed, and this might just be a case of getting through the early problems before it all starts to rock.

Last year at this time OU was 1-2 – with a loss to Kansas State – because of a massive turnover problem. The mistakes have been limited a bit with just three turnovers in the first four games.

Spencer Rattler has been fine. There were a few turnovers against Tulane, but he’s hitting 74% of his passes for an offense that’s been more about control than fury – and that’s okay.

The D is doing what it’s supposed to with a whole lot of sacks, takeaways, and big plays on third downs.

What Will Happen

It will depend on if Kansas State can get steady play out of it’s quarterback. This will be a huge question mark as Skylar Thompson is injured and its unsure if he will play or not. Will Howard struggled against Oklahoma State and got banged up, but Jaren Lewis stepped in and threw well enough to keep the game alive.

This will be on the Kansas State defense.

The Oklahoma offense would have to take things up a few levels to put this away with an explosive scoring day, and that’s not happening against a K-State D that keeps the game alive.

The Wildcats have won two straight in the series, but I think that ends this week due to the QB play of the Wildcats.

Prediction: Oklahoma 21 – Kansas State 17

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