This week, it gets no easier for
We all know what happened last season when the Wildcats met the Sooners – a dominating K-State victory to win the Big 12 Championship.
However, that was with Ell Roberson and a group of other
great, proven Wildcats at the helm. And
As for K-State, a lot has changed. K-State is still breaking in new sophomore quarterback Dylan Meier and learning how to cope with a depleted offensive line. But, perhaps the biggest difference is that K-State hasn't tackled anyone yet on defense and is still actually find a defense.
So with that in mind, here are five key elements of question to watch for in the game Saturday which kickoffs at on ABC television:
- Can K-State stop the run?
It will be a long day if the Wildcats can't slow down Peterson. This young guy is running through, over, and around defenses. I'm not sure K-State can stop him, but slowing him down might be doable. However, they'll have to play above their No. 66 ranked run defense up to this point. It will have to if the Wildcats have any chance at all to win the game. K-State can't allow OU to control the game clock with a ground attack. The key is to make White throw the ball to beat you – making the Sooners one-dimensional.
- Will Meier step and be a leader?
Meier really got under my skin
last week, unable to start the
The actions of Meier did nothing but prove he still has some growing up to do and that he has yet to be leader to this point. I truly think Meier will be a great quarterback someday. He's already shown that he has the tools to do great things passing the ball. And if K-State is to have any chance on offense, they need Meier. But for everyone's sake, let's hope Meier's antics last week were a one-time thing because K-State really needs him to take control of the offense and lead.
- How will Darren Sproles react to not returning punts?
I'm hoping that now without the
burden of returning punts, Sproles can focus more on running the football and
doing what he does best – making people miss en route to touchdowns. Sproles
has had an up and down season so far, but maybe taking him off the punt return
unit will lighten the load on him physically and mentally. His return muffs
this season are only a result of over-thinking and now he can focus on his real
job – tearing up
- How will K-State head coach Bill Snyder scheme the game?
Though K-State's defense looked
great last season against
- What will the offensive line do?
They have to show up. We've all
seen them be great this season and then we've all seen them look atrocious at
times too. They have to fight in the trenches to give Sproles a chance to break
big plays. There can be no middle ground this week. They have to be great. A
lot of the problem for Sproles has been the play of his line. Against