Oklahoma State-Kansas State Preview Capsule

The Associated Press Published:

Oklahoma State (5-2, 3-1 Big 12) at No. 3 Kansas State (8-0, 5-0), 8 p.m. (ABC)

Line: Kansas State by 8.

Series Record: Oklahoma State leads 36-22.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Everything is at stake for the third-ranked Wildcats. They moved up to No. 2 in the BCS standings, but unbeaten Notre Dame and Oregon are close behind. Kansas State also leads the Big 12, but the Cowboys can pull into a tie for first place with an upset win.

KEY MATCHUP

Oklahoma State QB Wes Lunt vs Kansas State S Ty Zimmerman. Lunt returned from a knee injury sustained Sept. 15 to throw for 324 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys' 36-14 victory over TCU. The freshman quarterback will be facing a rapidly improving Wildcats secondary that has shut down Geno Smith and Seth Doege the past two weeks. Zimmerman has four INTs the last five games.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Oklahoma State: RB Joseph Randle ripped off four straight 100-yard rushing games to start the season before he was stonewalled by Texas. He's been back on track the past two weeks, going for 151 yards and two scores against Iowa State and 126 yards and a touchdown against TCU.

Kansas State: It's always QB Collin Klein, isn't it? The Heisman Trophy frontrunner has thrown for more than 550 yards the past two weeks, and he hasn't thrown an interception since the third game of the season. He's also topped 100 yards rushing twice this year, and has accounted for 16 touchdowns on the ground to go with the 12 he has through the air.

FACTS & FIGURES

Kansas State hasn't beaten Oklahoma State since 2006. ... The Wildcats are 8-0 for the first time since 1999, and their No. 2 spot in the BCS is the highest ranking in school history. Oklahoma State is No. 24 in the BCS. ... The Cowboys are No. 1 nationally in total offense and sixth in scoring offense. ... Kansas State has not allowed more than 24 points this season while scoring at least 50 five times. ... Klein is 19-4 as a starting quarterback, including 13-3 in the Big 12. ... Randle leads the Big 12 in rushing with 127.3 yards per game. Kansas State RB John Hubert is second at 90.2 yards, and Klein is fourth with 79.2 yards. ... Kansas State LB Arthur Brown, a Butkus Award candidate, leads the team with 60 tackles. He returned an interception 37 yards for his first career TD last week. ... Oklahoma State is 17-4 in Manhattan. The last five games in the series have been decided by an average of 5.4 points.