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Oklahoma vs. Kansas State: Preview and Prediction

NCAA Football: Oklahoma at Kansas State

Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming Big 12 game in our Oklahoma vs. Kansas State preview and prediction. 

Game Info

11:00 a.m. CST, Saturday, September 26th, 2020, Memorial Stadium, Norman, Oklahoma

TV: FOX (Gus Johnson(play-by-play), Joel Klatt (analyst) and Jenny Taft (sidelines))

Radio: Sooner Sports Network (Toby Rowland); K-State Sports Network (Wyatt Thompson); Sirius 121, XM 380

Spread: Oklahoma -28.5

Fun Fact: K-State beat the Sooners last year, and will look for their first back-to-back wins over OU since a five-game winning streak from
1993 to 1997.

 

Key Players

Kansas State Wildcats

RB Deuce Vaughn

What might true freshman Deuce Vaughn have for an encore? Against Arkansas State, he be-came the first true freshman in school history to score a touchdown in the season opener. Vaughn was a bright spot against Arkansas State, with 12 carries for 47 yards and a touchdown.

DE Wyatt Hubert

Hubert had a quiet first game against Arkansas State with just one tackle, but was a Preseason All-Big 12 pick for the Wildcats. Last season, Hubert had 30 tackles and seven sacks with one forced fumble. If K-State is going to pull off the massive upset, Hubert will need to make his presence felt.

Oklahoma Sooners

QB Spencer Rattler

Rattler looked as good as one could hope for in his first game as the starter, finishing 14 of 17 for 290 yards with four touchdowns. Not too shabby for the former No. 1 dual-threat QB recruit in the nation. But Missouri State is one thing, Kansas State is another. And the Wildcats had one of the best pass defenses in the Big 12 last season and return some very good players. This is a much bigger test for Rattler.

LB Brian Asamoah

Asamoah led the Sooners against Missouri State with seven tackles, one tackle for loss and a pass defended. He received some offseason hype from those inside the facilities and had a great first game. Last season Asamoah played in 13 games and made 23 tackles, but looks poised for a break out season. Let’s see if he can continue it as Big 12 play gets underway.

 

Key Storylines

Kansas State Wildcats

The Wildcats need to get back to playing the kind of defense they did in 2019. I know they were missing a ton of players in the season opener and their offseason was thrown off due to COVID-19, shutting down fall camp twice, but K-State allowed Arkansas State to rush for nearly 5 yards per carry. If that kind of run defense shows up against Lincoln Riley’s offense, this game is going to get out of hand quickly for Chris Klieman in the Big 12 opener.

Oklahoma Sooners

The Sooners just need to keep Spencer Rattler upright and comfortable in the pocket as he ups the competition in his first year as the starting quarterback. OU needs to wear down this defense, which had a bunch of struggles as we previously noted, against Arkansas State.

Prediction

Oklahoma 48, Kansas State 24

The Sooners dominated in Week 1 against Missouri State, while Kansas State lost to Arkansas State, as the Wildcats were down a ton of players. But still, K-State looks like it has taken a step back this year, as many of us expected to happen, while OU has a new QB at the helm, but may not have missed a beat. The running game still needs to be worked out after players opted out and transferred, but OU will also be looking for revenge in this game after losing to K-State last year. That spells for a long afternoon for the Wildcats.

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