Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Kansas Jayhawks Pick & Prediction NOVEMBER 5th 2022

Stadium: Memorial Stadium Lawrence
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No. 18 Oklahoma State will look to rebound from its worst loss in 23 seasons but will visit a rested Kansas team determined to clinch a postseason spot and beat the Cowboys for the first time since 2007 when the two old rivals meet Saturday for a key Big 12 Conference game in Lawrence, Kan.

The Cowboys, who were ranked as high as eighth in the nation before losing at TCU in double overtime on Oct. 15, were the third of four Big 12 teams listed in the initial College Football Playoff rankings. TCU is the league's highest ranked team at No. 7, with Kansas State at No. 13 and Texas 24th.

Oklahoma State (6-2, 3-2 Big 12) enters Saturday's game with losses in two of its last three games after starting the season 5-0. Most recently, the Cowboys were lambasted in a 48-0 loss at Kansas State on Oct. 29.

Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said his evaluation of the review of the loss to Kansas State confirmed that his team was "outcoached" and "outplayed."

"Kansas State was just more physical than us," Gundy said. "We weren't ready to play. I didn't do a very good job getting our guys ready. We finished all that Monday. We went through all the plays and tape and such at practice. Back at it to get ready to roll for this week."

Oklahoma State was limited to a season-low 54 yards rushing and 217 yards of total offense in the loss to Kansas State. It didn't help that the Cowboys were missing receivers Jaden Bray and Braydon Johnson for a second successive game and were also without running back Dominic Richardson.

Kansas has dropped three consecutive games and out of the Top 25 but remains on the cusp of becoming bowl eligible for the first time since 2008.

The Jayhawks (5-3, 2-3 Big 12) enjoyed an open week on Oct. 29 and, according to several players and coaches, used the time to clear their minds and get their bodies ready for the final month of the season.

"Open weeks are always challenging a little bit on the mental side as you're trying to get healthy and you're trying to get a break, but you still have things you want to do," Kansas coach Lance Leipold said. "I was pleased especially for the younger players -- players that haven't played a lot -- that were able to get some extra work."

Kansas has scored 42 total touchdowns in eight games this season, marking the most TDs in a season since the Jayhawks racked up 42 in 12 contests in 2009.

Injured Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels returned to practice this week and is listed first on the Jayhawks' Week 10 depth chart along with recent starter Jason Bean. Daniels missed the past two games with a shoulder injury sustained in the first half of the Jayhawks' home loss to TCU on Oct. 8. His status for Saturday's game remains to be determined; Leipold said the bye week helped, "but we'll see."

Although Kansas has lost all three games in which Daniels has missed time, Bean and the offense have scored 93 points in five halves without him. The Kansas defense, meanwhile, has given up 115 points in those five halves.

Oklahoma State has won the past 12 meetings, with the Jayhawks' only victory since 1995 -- 18 meetings -- coming during Kansas' epic 2007 season. That year, Kansas was ranked 5th at the time of the game, beat the Cowboys 43-28, and went on to win the Orange Bowl.

--Field Level Media

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Freshman quarterback Shane Illingworth passed for 265 yards and three touchdowns Saturday as No. 17 Oklahoma State generated 593 total yards of offense and blistered Kansas 47-7 at Lawrence, Kan.

The start was the second for Illingworth in place of Spencer Sanders, who remained out after spraining his right ankle in the season opener.

Chuba Hubbard, the nation's leading rusher last season, added 145 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. Standout receiver Tylan Wallace contributed nine catches for 148 yards with two scores.

Oklahoma State is the only undefeated team left in the Big 12, climbing to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the conference. The Cowboys head into a bye week, giving Sanders, last year's Big 12 freshman of the year, additional time to recover and leaving Gundy with a QB choice because of Illingworth's effectiveness.

Backup Ethan Bullock replaced Illingworth midway through the third quarter with the Cowboys leading 41-0.

Kansas (0-3, 0-2) suffered its seventh consecutive defeat under Les Miles, the second-year coach who guided Oklahoma State to three bowl appearances in four seasons from 2001-04 before moving on to LSU.

The Jayhawks showed little offensive might, converting just 2 of 17 third and fourth downs while generating 193 total yards. Their first score came with 12:04 left on a 1-yard burst by Velton Gardner. Oklahoma State recorded four sacks.

Oklahoma State executed 20 plays in Kansas territory in the first quarter before claiming a 31-0 halftime margin.

The Cowboys took a 10-0 lead, then scored on their first play of the second quarter, a 66-yard touchdown strike from Illingworth to Braydon Johnson.

Wallace slipped behind blown coverage and scored an easy 55-yard pass from Illingworth to make it 24-0 with 9:22 still left in the first half. Hubbard added a 12-yard scoring rush with 1:58 remaining.

The Cowboys generated 362 first-half yards and 17 first downs, outmatching a battered Kansas defense that allowed 85 points in its first two games.

True freshman quarterback Jalon Daniels drew his second consecutive start for the Jayhawks but hobbled off early in the second quarter and was replaced by Miles Kendrick.

--Field Level Media