3-2-1 KICK­OFF


Ok­la­homa State vis­its Kansas State at 11 a.m. Satur­day look­ing to ex­tend its seven-game road win­ning streak. Here’s what to look for:

3 Play­ers to Watch

Teven Jenk­ins: Af­ter a move from right to left tackle, the Topeka, Kansas, na­tive can help steady an of­fen­sive line that has re­cently strug­gled.

Mal­colm Ro­driguez: Bat­tling a hip pointer, the sopho­more safety has been mostly ab­sent the past two weeks. Given the strug­gles in OSU’s se­condary, the Cow­boys need him at full strength.

Tay­lor Cor­nelius: With the ex­cep­tion of a poor per­for­mance against Texas Tech, Cor­nelius has im­proved in each game of his ten­ure as OSU’s start­ing quar­ter­back.

2 Big Ques­tions

Can OSU clean up the penal­ties? OSU has the most penal­ties (8.3) and penalty yards (84) per con­fer­ence game in the Big 12. Can the Cow­boys dis­cover the “dis­ci­pline” that coach Mike Gundy has sought for weeks?

How does cold weather af­fect the game? The tem­per­a­ture at kick­off should be be­low 50 de­grees, the cold­est for an OSU game this sea­son. How will that af­fect Cor­nelius, and could it mean a big day for run­ning back Jus­tice Hill?

1 Wild Pre­dic­tion

Jor­dan Brail­ford records four sacks. This would match a school record. Brail­ford ranks first na­tion­ally in sacks, and the Wild­cats have al­lowed the most sacks in the Big 12 and are one of seven teams na­tion­ally that have al­lowed at least 20. They have yet to al­low fewer than three sacks in a game, but South Dakota’s Alex Gray and Texas’ Charles Omenihu are the only play­ers to record at least two sacks against Kansas State.

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