Oklahoma State Looks To Keep Big 12 Championship Hopes Alive
WHO: Kansas State Wildcats (5-5)
WHEN: Saturday, November 18th @ 2:30 PM CT
WHERE: Stillwater, Oklahoma
HOW TO WATCH: ESPN 2
SCOUTING Kansas State: This is a much different Kansas State football team than what many predicted before the season. Bill Snyder returned a lot of experience on the defensive side of the football, but the Wildcats have underachieved under those kinds of conditions for the first time in a long time. However, the Wizard is still one win away from getting his team bowl eligible for the ninth straight season.
The Wildcats’ offense is predicated on setting a physical tone up front early in the game. Surprisingly, they have been unable to find that groove consistently for much of the year. Snyder will be relying on third string quarterback Skylar Thompson again today with Jesse Ertz and Alex Delton battling injuries. There is only so much that Thompson is capable of doing at quarterback, and it will be imperative that Bill Snyder and Dana Dimel game plan around his style of football if they want to have any sort of success against a stingy Oklahoma State defense.
Defensively, Kansas State is still Kansas State–they are going to run their base defense and force offenses to beat them at what they do best. Although TCU has put up respected numbers on defense against the Big 12, the Wildcats may be the most disciplined defense out of anyone in the conference. It starts up front with defensive tackle Will Geary and defensive end Reggie Walker. Both players are extremely physical with potential to play on Sunday’s later on in their career. Lincoln Riley mentioned Kansas State’s corners being some of the best in the Big 12 the week of their game, and Duke Shelley and D.J. Reed have continued to prove that week-in and week-out. Reed has recorded four interceptions with nine pass break-ups while Shelley has one interception with ten pass break-ups on the season.
This is an intriguing matchup as Oklahoma State has flown under the radar this week with Oklahoma’s College Football Playoff meltdown and TCU-Texas Tech receiving most of the Big 12 hype. Any time you face Bill Snyder, there is a possibility that he has instilled a game plan and mindset to pull off any upset. The line on the game favors Oklahoma State by 20 points, but if the Cowboys come out sloppy following two emotional football games, this is one that could get interesting fairly quickly.