Oklahoma vs. Kansas State prediction roundtable with the Campus Insiders staff. Breaking down what will happen in the game between the Sooners and Wildcats.
It was easy to count out the Sooners after their losses to Houston and Ohio State. But Bob Stoops has his team rolling again, and Kansas State won’t be able to keep up. Put me down for four Baker Mayfield touchdowns and an Oklahoma victory as the home team finally wins one in his this series.
When facing a lackluster defense, the Wildcats can put up plenty of points. They hung 44 on Texas Tech last week, and 63 earlier in the year against FAU. They should find the end zone more than a few times against a porous Oklahoma unit. There’s also the fact that the road team has won this matchup for the past half-decade – a quirky trend that has baffled both Bob Stoops and Bill Snyder. Still, I’m going to go with Oklahoma (based on talent alone) to end that streak and march forward with the country’s most intriguing, yet under-discussed, plotline: that the Sooners can still finish the year 10-2 and undefeated in conference play.
Uh oh, don’t look now, but here come the Sooners, and they’re boomin’. Okay, that was extremely lame, but it does appear that Bob Stoops has gotten his guys’ minds right. Oklahoma just put up 97 points in back-to-back wins versus TCU and Texas. Having said that, the Sooners also allowed 86 points. They won’t have to worry about that this weekend. Kansas State isn’t going to do too much offensively, and Oklahoma will pick up its third win in a row.
The Sooners’ running back duo of Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon may be the best in the country. Perine ran for 214 yards last week against Texas, while Mixon averages 6.5 yards per carry. Kansas State, however, surrenders just over 80 yards per game on the ground, which leads the Big 12. Oklahoma won last year’s meeting 55-0 in the Little Apple, but it will be much closer this time around. However, despite a big day in the return game from Byron Pringle, K-State will have trouble containing wide receiver Dede Westbrook in a runaway Sooners win.
The road team has won the last five games in this series, but I expect that to stop this year as the Sooners are locked and loaded after a big win over rival Texas. Too much Baker Mayfield in this one as Oklahoma makes its second-half stretch to be everyone’s No. 1 in the offseason polls.