Each week Sooners Illustrated will set the stage for every game of Oklahoma’s 2016 season. This time around Kansas State comes to Norman
OU (3-2, 2-0) vs. Kansas State (3-2, 1-1)
When: 11 a.m. CST
Przybylo’s final thought
There is no way the Wildcats come to Norman and take down the Sooner for the third consecutive trip. Right? Just doesn’t seem fathomable.
The difference it feels this time around is KSU simply lacking those explosive playmakers who can make up for some of the perceived talent issues for the Wildcats. Tyler Lockett isn’t about to make plays as a receiver and in special teams.
The key is for OU to stick to the plan. We’ve seen it all year where somebody is just trying to do too much. Baker Mayfield against Houston and Ohio State. Joe Mixon was all about that last week vs. Texas.
These guys are so talented that it feels like sometimes it’s hard for them to accept what is being called by Lincoln Riley and trust the system.
We’ve seen glimpses of it. The second and third quarters vs. TCU and the second half vs. Texas, but it always seems like OU needs to stubs its toe a time or two before the group comes together and executes the way it can.
Stick with the plan. It’s a good plan. It’s still “In Riley We Trust” for OU.
Player to watch
Going a combo here just because of the type of style Kansas State brings to Norman. So different from the rest of the schools in the Big 12 so shouldn’t this be the breakout game for Kapri Doucet and/or Caleb Kelly? These guys are just waiting for that moment to make a big-time play. KSU’s style of offense should allow OU’s bigger linebackers to have an impact in the game.
It’s so hard. OU’s defense has allowed at least 40 points in the last three games. KSU’s offense doesn’t have that firepower, or so we think. This has to be the game where OU’s defense starts to turn the corner like the first half vs. Texas. OU knows it’s in for a fight, but it’s a fight the Sooners should be able to win. We’ll go, oh, 38-21.