Cowboys Ready For Showdown With Wildcats

Oklahoma State will be looking for a win the first win over Kansas State in Manhattan since 2010.

MANHATTAN, Kansas – A quick 45-minute flight from Stillwater Regional Airport to Manhattan Municipal Airport got the Oklahoma State Cowboys into their hotel at just after 5 p.m. Friday on the eve of a very important Big 12 Conference game with Kansas State (5-3/3-2) at 2:36 p.m. on Saturday.

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy kept with the new tradition of not going to the stadium the day before the game. It used to be an automatic that the Cowboys would walk through at a visiting stadium, and Bill Snyder Family Stadium has changed since the Cowboys last played there at it is now completely enclosed. 
Another new aspect of the road trip to Kansas State is the Cowboys travel party is actually staying in Manhattan after staying in nearby Junction City for the past 10-12 years. Oklahoma State has found a new hotel home in Manhattan closer to the stadium which is something Gundy likes to be on trips with short bus rides to get to the playing site. 
Kansas State is a three-point favorite in the game, but honestly, I feel the Cowboys have more of a decided athletic advantage than they have had in past trips to play the Wildcats.

Another good aspect of this trip is the team health. Defensive end Jordan Brailford, wide receiver Marcell Ateman, and right guard Larry Williams are still out, but linebacker Jordan Burton is a game-time decision and all other players that were bruised or beat up coming out of the 37-20 homecoming win over West Virginia like wide receiver James Washington, wide receiver Chris Lacy and cornerback Ashton Lampkin are all good to go and practiced this week.
The Cowboys last win in Manhattan was in 2010 with a 24-14 win. However, in an oddity, Bill Snyder is 11-6 vs. Oklahoma State and Mike Gundy is 5-3 vs. Kansas State.

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