Kansas football vs. Kansas State preview: How to watch, weather, odds

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Get up Jayhawks it’s game day! Kansas football will take on #22 Kansas State in the Sunflower Showdown later this afternoon. Here’s everything you need to know for the game.

Kansas football vs. #22 Kansas State at a glance:

Time: 2:30 PM

Place: David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, KS.

Weather: 48º, 10 MPH wind

Watch: FS1

Listen: FM- KKSW 105.9, or AM- KLWN 1320 (Lawrence Stations)

Line: Kansas State -5.5 (odds courtesy of The Action Network)

Last Meeting: 21-17 Kansas State

Full Preview: Kansas vs. Kansas State Preview: The Sunflower Showdown

Kansas Heads-Up

Kansas picked up its first conference win over Texas Tech last week in a 37-34 thriller. The Jayhawks will try to carry that momentum into this week against in-state rival Kansas State.

Quarterback Carter Stanley has looked extremely good in his past three games, throwing a minimum of three touchdown passes in each one. By default, the Kansas receivers have also looked incredible. Stephon Robinson Jr. had a huge game against Texas Tech, totaling two touchdowns and 186 receiving yards. Andrew Parchment had a big game as well, scoring one touchdown and gaining 109 receiving yards against the Red Raiders.

Kansas thrived on homerun plays last week, and will probably rely on them this week too. The Kansas State defense is formidable and should challenge offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon more than Texas and Texas Tech. The good news is that Dearmon seems to have everyone’s trust, and he’s certainly earned in the past two weeks.

#22 Kansas State Heads-Up

The Wildcats come into this week having won their biggest game in recent memory. Despite being outgained on offense by the Sooners, Kansas State dominated the time of possession 38:08 to 21:52. Oklahoma also committed two fatal turnovers; however, one was an interception thrown by a receiver and another was a fumble on a kickoff.

The Wildcats have won games this year by doing what they did to Oklahoma: winning the time of possession, dominating special teams, and running the football.

Every single one of the Wildcats’ touchdowns came on the ground, with quarterback Skylar Thompson scoring four times. Interestingly, Kansas State totaled 426 offensive yards with exactly half of them being rushing and the other half through the air.

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This is going to be a huge game for both teams. Especially with both teams having new head coaches, this year’s Sunflower Showdown will probably be extra impactful on in-state recruiting. The Kansas defense will have to play one of its best games of the season if the Jayhawks are going to win, and of course, the offense will have to do its thing.

This is a very winnable game for Kansas football, and once again, it could signify a turning point in the program. The Jayhawks haven’t beat Kansas State in 10 years, and as Les Miles said on Miles to go: “It’s time.”