When/where: 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan.
TV/radio: Fox (Ch. 4); WHB (810 AM)
The series: Kansas State leads 7-3
The line: Baylor by 17
What’s at stake
K-State is trying to bounce back from two road losses and gt back to .500. Baylor is out to prove its hot start was no fluke, and that its offense can churn out huge numbers on the road.
K-State doesn’t commit a turnover. If Daniel Sams and Jake Waters can manage the game well, the Wildcats will have a shot.
Baylor comes remotely close to its rushing average of 347.2 yards. If the Bears are successful running the ball, the Wildcats have no shot at stopping the pass.
Three things about Baylor
1 Lache Seastrunk is living up to his preseason Big 12 offensive player of the year hype. The Baylor running back has 589 rushing yards through four games. He is also averaging 11.1 yards per carry.
2 Bryce Petty might be the most underrated quarterback in the conference. Though this is his first season as a starter, he has completed 72.8 percent of his passes and thrown 10 touchdowns compared to one interception.
3 Baylor has struggled lately on the road, and has lost eight of its last nine conference road games. It is also 0-4 at K-State. The Bears’ last loss in Manhattan, a 36-35 defeat in 2011, stuck with players. Tevin Reese said he remembers that game more vividly than last year’s victory over K-State.
K-State’s defensive line vs. Seastrunk: Baylor’s offensive line has created massive holes for its running back this season. If K-State has any chance of stopping Baylor, it needs to clog running lanes and make Seastrunk work for his yards.
Kellis Robinett’s pick: Baylor, 52-37
K-State is better than the four teams Baylor rolled in its first four games, and Bill Snyder Family Stadium is a difficult place to play. This game won’t be decided at halftime. But the Wildcats don’t have enough defensive speed or offensive firepower (if top receivers Tramaine Thompson and Tyler Lockett remain sidelined) to expect an upset.
K-STATE (2-3, 0-2 Big 12)
|Aug. 30||North Dakota State||L, 24-21|
|Sept. 7||Louisiana-Lafayette||W, 48-27|
|Sept. 14||Massachusetts||W, 37-7|
|Sept. 21||at Texas||L, 31-21|
|Oct. 5||at Oklahoma State||L, 33-29|
|Oct. 26||West Virginia||TBA|
|Nov. 2||Iowa State||TBA|
|Nov. 9||at Texas Tech||TBA|
|Nov. 30||at Kansas||TBA|
BAYLOR (4-0, 1-0 Big 12)
|Aug. 31||Wofford||W, 69-3|
|Sept. 7||Buffalo||W, 70-13|
|Sept. 21||Louisiana-Monroe||W, 70-7|
|Oct. 5||West Virginia||W, 73-42|
|Saturday||at Kansas State||2:30 p.m.|
|Oct. 19||Iowa State||6 p.m.|
|Oct. 26||at Kansas||TBA|
|Nov. 7||Oklahoma||6:30 p.m.|
|Nov. 16||vs. Texas Tech*||TBA|
|Nov. 23||at Oklahoma State||TBA|
|Nov. 30||at TCU||TBA|
*at Arlington, Texas
Kellis Robinett, email@example.com