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Landry Jones and the Oklahoma Sooners will face off against the Kansas State Wildcats on Saturday night. (Photo: REUTERS)
Two undefeated Big 12 teams face off Saturday night as the No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners take on the No. 15 Kansas State Wildcats. The game will be broadcast live on FOX at 7:50 p.m. ET, and you can also watch a live stream online for free here.
Both teams are currently undefeated on the season, though neither has faced a true test yet. The Sooners struggled to run the ball and protect the quarterback in their season opener against Texas El-Paso, but they still won by 17 points. The following week, Oklahoma destroyed Florida A & M, 69-13, and has not played another game since.
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Kansas State, meanwhile, handily beat Missouri State in its season opener and forced three turnovers and five sacks in a 52-13 win over Miami (FL). The Hurricanes did not score a touchdown until the final minutes of that game. The following week, the Wildcats beat North Texas by a score of 35-21.
On paper, this should be a close matchup between two talented and highly-ranked teams. Both squads are in the top 15 in the nation in scoring offense and in the top 20 in the nation in scoring defense. Oklahoma has the edge in both categories, particularly on defense. The Sooners rank eighth in the country in scoring defense and have allowed an average of only 245 yards per game.
The Wildcats, meanwhile, have an advantage with their pass rush. Kansas State has eight sacks this season, and only one has come from defensive end Meshak Williams, a preseason watch list candidate for the 2012 Hendricks Award. The Sooners have allowed six sacks through two games after giving up 11 all of last season.
Last season's matchup also featured a showdown between two highly-ranked schools. But the Sooners ran away with the game from the start, thanks to 505 yards and five touchdowns from quarterback Landry Jones. Oklahoma led 14-3 at halftime and dominated even further in the second half on its way to a 58-17 win.
Jones similarly stole the show in the 2009 matchup between the schools, as he threw for nearly 300 yards and four touchdowns in another Oklahoma win.
Thus, the Wildcats top priority on Saturday will be to try to stop the Oklahoma quarterback, but that is easier said than done. Still, their defensive line may be able to put some pressure on Jones and force him into mistakes.
Kansas State likely won't be able to keep up with the Sooners in the air, as the Wildcats average barely 200 yards passing per game. Instead Kansas State is best off trying to run the ball on an Oklahoma defense that is giving up 134 yards on the ground per contest. The Wildcats are 18th in the nation in rushing, led by 296 yards from junior John Hubert. By racking up yards on the ground, Kansas State should be able to keep the ball away from Jones and the rest of the Sooners offense.
Despite last year's lopsided score, Saturday's matchup is one of the most highly-anticipated contests of the season so far. We just hope that this year the game actually lives up to the hype.