Oklahoma Looks To Survive And Advance In Manhattan
WHO: Kansas State (3-3)
WHEN: Saturday, October 21st @ 3:00 PM CT
WHERE: Manhattan, Kansas
HOW TO WATCH: FOX
SCOUTING Kansas State: The Wizard is back with another team that has the “look”. This is a team that has not found a way to get on the winning side of things, but they continue to compete and play with 100% effort all the time. Long story short: Bill Snyder has another Bill Snyder team.
With Jesse Ertz still on the sideline, Alex Delton looks to be getting the call once again. Delton is a unique quarterback that is more impressive in the run game than he is in the passing game–A perfect Bill Snyder QB, right? The Wildcats have not changed their offensive philosophy from years prior like most teams have. This is an offense predicated on making the defense play smart, disciplined football. They will roll out sets from four wide receivers to two running backs and a fullback. Snyder will show all sorts of different formations with multiple motions trying to get the defense to look away from their keys. This will be a huge test for an Oklahoma defense that looks to be trending in the right direction.
Defensively, Kansas State is going to force you to beat them. What does that mean? The Wildcats are not going to make any mistakes that is going to cost them a big play or a touchdown. Lincoln Riley said on Monday that this will be the best corners they will face in the Big 12. DJ Reed and Shelley Duke received even more credibility as Pro Football Focus did a spotlight on them that showed Reed had not allowed a touchdown in 222 consecutive attempts his way. Up front, Will Geary and Reggie Walker are the names to keep an eye on. Those two look to be the next in line of Kansas State defensive linemen in the NFL, and Oklahoma struggled to pick up blitzes last week. The Sooners offense will need to be focused and ready to go if they want to have a good showing.
After playing in a physical dog fight last week, this game will be a great barometer for the determination and leadership of this Oklahoma team. Baker and Co. will have to overcome some nicks and bruises if they truly want to get out of Manhattan with a win. This is a team that has struggled to put teams away the last three weeks, but if Oklahoma’s defense shows up, there should not be any concern that they can get out of Manhattan with a win.