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PFB Predictions for OSU-Kansas State

The Pistol Firing staff previews OSU’s trip to Manhattan.



The Cowboys head north to Manhattan to face the Wildcats. Both teams will be looking to bounce back from a loss in a tilt with Big 12 title implications.

Here’s how the Pistols Firing staff sees things shaking out on Saturday.

Marshall Scott

Final Score: Oklahoma State 35, Kansas State 10

Biggest Question for OSU: Can the Cowboys win the turnover battle?

I’ll be disappointed if… this game is close down the stretch. Kleiman has done an admirable job with this group, but with no Skylar Thompson, this is a game OSU should win comfortably.

Steven Mandeville

Final Score: Oklahoma State 49 Pokes, Kansas State 13

Biggest Question for OSU: Can we see a defense that hasn’t been opportunistic concerning turnovers take advantage of an errant freshman quarterback figuring it out — especially if all-world ballhawk Kolby Harvell-Peel isn’t in the game. K-State will be creative in how it gets the ball into Deuce Vaughn’s hands but they love to do it through the air. Can a nickel back or a linebacker take advantage of that?

I’ll be disappointed if… Spencer Sanders turns it over more than once. K-State has continued to play sound football under Kleiman but an encouraging step will be less than two fumbles/interceptions.

Kyle Cox

Final Score: Oklahoma State 42, Kansas State 17

Biggest Question for OSU: How healthy is OSU? If the Cowboys that left the game, namely Kolby Harvell-Peel, Tre Sterling and Jake Springfield — which will be in action against K-State and which should sit out and heal up through the bye week preceding Bedlam.

I’ll be disappointed if… the Cowboys don’t win comfortably. The Pokes need to bounce back with a confidence-building win and should be able to, even they are short a couple of their stars.

Kyle Boone

Final score: Oklahoma State 31, Kansas State 10

Biggest Question for OSU: Can OSU handle its business in Manhattan with no drama? It feels like shenanigans happen every other time the Pokes head north. But OSU is far superior to K-State on virtually every level. It should — should! — be drama-free.

I’ll be disappointed if… Chuba and LD don’t combine for 40+ carries. This game has a real Big Ten showdown in the middle of winter feel. Both teams love to play physical up front and both coaches would probably be the most happy if it was a contest to see which team could be most conservative. With that, coupled with Spencer Sanders’ turnover issues, I think we have to expect a heavy dosage of OSU’s running backs in this one.

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