Preview: Sooners Up Next For The 'Cats

The final month of the season begins tonight at 6 p.m. in Norman, Okla., for Kansas State. Ironically, the Wildcats have the better record at 3-1 and 5-3 to the Sooners 2-1 and 4-3. OU has won six of the last seven games against K-State with the lone exception being the 2003 Big 12 title game.

No one says it better than Kansas State defensive end Jeffrey Fitzgerald: "We are preparing for their best guys. We just have to do our best and bring our A-game."

That's how the Wildcat senior is preparing for Saturday's 6 p.m. kickoff at No. 22 Oklahoma at Memorial Stadium, which is a venue where the Sooners have won 27 consecutive games.

"I did not even know about it until now, but we are getting ready to play our game," said Fitzgerald. "Home or away, between those white lines, we just have to go out and play. We just have to try and not let the crowd be a factor."

While K-State is 3-1 in the Big 12 and 5-3 overall, Oklahoma is 2-1 and 4-3. The record is a tad deceiving as the losses have been by one point to BYU, by one point to Miami, and by three points to Texas.

Oklahoma has stayed in games due to its defense that has allowed more than 14 points only twice – 21 to Miami and 16 to Texas.

The Sooner's defense that has allowed just eight touchdowns and an average of 10.1 points per game.

"As their numbers indicate, they have been very impressive this year. Secondly, their coaching background that they have is very talented, as well as the talent level of the players that on are their roster," said KSU coach Bill Snyder.

"But what is the most impressive to me, is the ability that they have shown to overcome adversity. They lost Sam Bradford and his replacement (Landry Jones) has been playing lights out. He is becoming more comfortable now that he knows that the offense is his and since then the rest of the team seems to have more confidence in him.''

Sooner coach Bob Stoops agrees by saying that Jones has been playing well when it comes to the X and O part of the game, but perhaps more importantly with the leadership of the team.

"When Sam was healthy he was the boss and Landry was sitting there quiet and paying attention. But I mean to tell you, as soon as Sam was down in BYU, Landry was on it and it was maybe a little bit surprising how natural it was for him," Stoops said. "He didn't blink a bit and the players sensed that. They were right with him right of the bat."

In looking at the Wildcats, Stoops says of K-State's offense, "They really make you work to understand formations and where they are trying to out-gap you and get an extra man somewhere to create opportunities to run the football. Then if you get too aggressive, they are going to run verticals on you and try to get behind you, so you have to be very disciplined to defend it."

OU defensive back Jonathan Nelson adds of K-State's offense, "They don't sugarcoat things. They don't try to do a whole lot of motion so they confuse you. They have a bunch of different formations and will try to pound the ball right down your throat."

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