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No. 5 Oklahoma carry road win streak into Kansas State

October 24, 2019 GMT
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Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) runs against West Virginia during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
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Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) runs against West Virginia during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

No. 5 Oklahoma (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) at Kansas State (4-2, 1-2), Saturday at 12 p.m. EDT (ABC).

Line: Oklahoma by 24.

Series record: Oklahoma leads 76-19-4.

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

Oklahoma will try to keep its College Football Playoff hopes alive with a trip to Manhattan, where the Sooners haven’t lost since 1996. They are coming off a blowout win over West Virginia but follow the Wildcats with back-to-back games against ranked teams (Iowa State and Baylor). Kansas State is looking for a statement win after snapping a two-game skid with a nip-and-tuck win over TCU last weekend.

KEY MATCHUP

Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts against the Kansas State secondary. Hurts suddenly looks as if he could follow Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray and deliver the Sooners another Heisman Trophy. He’s already thrown for 2,074 yards with 20 touchdowns and three picks while running for 705 yards and 10 more scores. He’ll face a defense that shut down the Horned Frogs last season but struggled in losses to Oklahoma State and Baylor.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Oklahoma: WR CeeDee Lamb could become the Sooners’ second Biletnikoff Award winner if he continues at this pace. He caught 185 yards worth of passes and all three touchdowns from Hurts in their win over Texas, and had 71 yards receiving against the Mountaineers.

Kansas State: RB James Gilbert, who transferred from Ball State for his senior season, needs to have a big game to kill the clock and take some pressure off the Wildcats’ defense. He had back-to-back 100-yard rushing games to start the season but was held to 38 yards by TCU.

FACTS & FIGURES

Oklahoma has won four straight over Kansas State and seven in a row in Manhattan. ... The Wildcats have not defeated a top-five team since beating Texas in 2006. ... Oklahoma is riding a nation-leading 22-game true road win streak. ... Oklahoma has scored at least 34 points in 17 straight games. ... Hurts averages 397 yards total offense per game, more than the entire Kansas State team (369). ... The Wildcats are fifth nationally in time of possession. ... Six different Wildcats have scored rushing TDs this season.

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