The Oklahoma Sooners surprisingly lost to the Texas Tech Red Raiders last Saturday and took a drop in the polls and the BCS standings. This Saturday, the Sooners will look to be the team to send a team to the ranks of the defeated. They will face the 7-0 Kansas St. Wildcats (3:30 om ET, ESPN; shoot here for Oklahoma-Kansas State score updates and here for college football stories from around the country).
Oklahoma fans are already teetering on the edge of oblivion with this season, especially with this game against the Wildcats. Over at Crimson and Cream Machine, five keys to keeping the season afloat have emerged. One of to keep a relentless assault going against opposing defenses. The Sooners have strong offensive weapons in quarterback Landry Jones and his 21 touchdown passes, as well as Dominique Whaley's nine rushing touchdowns.
But the Wildcats allow just 19.7 points per game, 23rd in the nation. This will be there first real test of the season since squeaking out a 36-35 victory over then No. 15 Baylor. Could the Wildcats pick up the win and set themselves on the path to a BCS bowl game? Bring on the Cats, our Kansas State blog, believes it's possible, but calls a potential victory more of a "first step." After this game, they still must face Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Texas.
Game date, time: 3:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, Oct. 29
Location: Bill Snyder Stadium, Manhattan, KS
TV channel: ESPN/ESPN3
Spread: Oklahoma favored by 14 points
Series history: Oklahoma leads, 69-17-4
For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Oklahoma blog Crimson and Cream Machine and Kansas State blog Bring On The Cats. Here’s this week’s college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.