Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Kansas Jayhawks: Complete Game Preview

Ricky FrechCorrespondent INovember 7, 2013

Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Kansas Jayhawks: Complete Game Preview

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    The Oklahoma State Cowboys are coming home after a huge road victory against the Texas Tech Red Raiders last weekend to face a Kansas Jayhawks team that has yet to win a Big 12 game this season.

    Oklahoma State looks like an overwhelming favorite here, holding an edge at virtually ever single position.

    However, this has the makings of a classic trap game, with OSU possibly looking forward to an extremely important road game against the Texas Longhorns.

    This should be a three-touchdown or more victory for the Pokes, but don't be surprised if the Jayhawks find a way to stay in this one until the end.

    Date: Saturday, Nov. 9

    Time: 4 p.m. ET

    Place: Boone Pickens Stadium (60,218 cap.) Stillwater, Okla.

    TV: Fox Sports 1

    Radio: Cowboy Radio Network

    All-Time Series: Oklahoma State holds a 32-29-2 advantage all time.

Oklahoma State Key to Victory

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    Don't Look Past Kansas

    As I mentioned in the first slide, this game has potential to be a trap game for the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

    It comes right in between the team's two biggest road games of the season—Texas Tech and Texas—and Pokes fans could be in for a letdown.

    That said, this team has too much veteran talent, particularly on defense, to let that happen.

    Look for players like Shaun Lewis, Tracy Moore and Justin Gilbert to set the tone early and ensure that the Cowboys get the big win they need.

Kansas Key to Victory

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    Don't Play it Safe

    At this point, the Kansas Jayhawks have nothing to lose.

    They sit at 2-6 overall this season, with an 0-5 conference record. That means they can afford to play loose and try some things most teams wouldn't.

    To me, that means they need to take a lot of chances deep. The Oklahoma State defense puts its corners on an island in most situations and relies on them to make solid one-on-one plays.

    Kansas has to figure out a way to take advantage of that and make some big plays to take the crowd out of the game early.

    That's pretty much the only way I see the Jayhawks have a chance in this one.

Oklahoma State Key Player

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    Clint Chelf

    Chelf upped his play quite a bit last week, producing decent numbers through the air, while adding big yardage and a few scores on the ground.

    Chelf needs to use this week to improve his decision-making in the passing game before the Cowboys hit the stretch run.

    He's slowly been playing better and better, but he has to get his "A" back if this team is going to beat Texas, Oklahoma or Baylor.

Kansas Player to Watch

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    James Sims

    I'll be honest, I don't know who would step up for the Jayhawks at the receiver position, so I'm picking Sims here as somewhat of a cop-out.

    Sims has been one of the few bright spots for Kansas this year, and he'll probably need to have a huge game for the Jayhawks to have a chance.

    If he can get somewhere in the neighborhood of 125 yards and a score or two, he might be able to will Kansas to a gigantic road win.

Final Prediction

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    While there is always the chance that Oklahoma State comes out flat and gift-wraps Kansas a huge upset, I just don't see if happening.

    Look for Oklahoma State to dominate from whistle to whistle and have the backups in by the early third quarter.

    Kansas just doesn't have the horses, on either side of the ball, to keep up with the Cowboys.

    Oklahoma State 49, Kansas 24