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Quick Rundown: Oklahoma v. Kansas State

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The Sooners travel to Manhattan this Saturday for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff against the Kansas State Wildcats. While the Wildcats are unranked, Kansas State has two conference losses with only nine points separating them from a perfect conference record so far this season.

The Wildcats fell to TCU late in the fourth quarter last weekend and finishing the game 52-45. But Kansas State was even closer to beating the Cowboys at home two weekends ago. OSU trailing the majority of the game, the Cowboys came back to hold the win in Stillwater, 36-34.

So what does this mean for the Sooners this weekend after a disappointing game in Dallas last weekend? Here are the facts:

K-State boasts the best run defense in the Big 12 but are only 8th in offense this season.

Snyder’s teams are generally very physical so it should be pretty tough matchup for the OU team that had some trouble with physicality last weekend.

Sooners Charles Tapper, Jordan Evans, Jordan Thomas and Dominique Alexander are getting down to the nitty gritty as the players are ready for a strong, physical game against the Kansas State Wildcats.

Defensive Coordinator Mike Stoops said he knows Coach Snyder of Kansas State keeps his offensive fresh from week to week, a variation to keep the game new for each team. It is going to be about accounting for the quarterback better.

Defensive End Charles Tapper is hoping for the Big 3 to be able to make big plays this weekend.

Linebacker Jordan Evans knows Coach Snyder of Kansas State keeps the game physical, and he knows the Sooners are going to have to give that right back to Kansas State in order to take home the win.

Linebacker Dominique Alexander said he knows the Wildcats will play the same run game as Texas did. It will be a chance for the Sooners to show they can do it, too.

Cornerback Jordan Thomas said he will be cautious of K-State’s QB, as it is going to be important to respect his running and passing game.

The Sooners could not get a hold of Texas QB Jerrod Heard last weekend after he racked up 186 total yards. Texas Head Coach Charlie Strong’s defense harassed QB Baker Mayfield when the offensive line could not hold them back.

Key players and key plays are going to have to be made in order for the Sooners to be able to play such a physical Kansas State. The display last weekend did not prove that the Sooners are prepared for such a game, but players such as Tapper, Evans, Thomas and Alexander are prepared to fight for it.

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Head Coach Bob Stoops spoke Monday at the weekly press conference about the Sooners disappointing loss in Dallas last weekend to the Longhorns, but we are onto Kansas State this weekend.

Against Texas, the Sooners were too inconsistent. Oklahoma missed three to four sacks during Texas’ first scoring drive, and five games into the season these mistakes are not usual. A team sees these mistakes during the first games of the season, just not this late in the season.

While the Sooners can look back, Stoops is looking forward. Kansas State is in the same positions as the Sooners, with a loss last weekend. While the Sooners lost to Texas, the Wildcats trailed TCU at the end of the fourth quarter finishing the game 52-45.

The Sooners are currently 1-1 in conference play. The Sooners meet the Wildcats Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The Wildcats traveled to Norman last season, sliding past with a win 31-30. The Sooners play well against Kansas State coming of a loss. In 2011 and 2013, the Sooners regained momentum for the rest of the season after Kansas State.

Next weekend Texas Tech travels to Norman for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff.

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