Oklahoma is looking to extend its road winning streak to 23 consecutive games when the Sooners travel to Manhattan, Kansas to take on the Wildcats this Saturday. The winning streak is the longest in the nation (next longest is 10 by Clemson; third longest is six by Alabama).
Here are ten things that you’ll want to know before Saturday’s game.
1. Yes, it really has been that long
Oklahoma is 7-0 for the first time since 2004. That Sooners team went 12-1 with its only loss to USC in the BCS Championship.
2. Ground and Pound coming your way
Kansas State has rushed for 1,183 yards (197.2 yds/gm) through its first six games, while it eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in the fifth game. It marked just the eighth time since 2000 – but just the second since 2013 – that the Wildcats hit the 1,000-yard rushing mark through the first five games of the season.
The Wildcats also have 14 rushing touchdowns after tallying only 20 rushing scores a year ago. Of the 14 scores, 11 have come from running backs after the group accounted for only 13 last season.
3. Owning the Series
OU’s 76 all-time wins against Kansas State are its third most among all opponents (88 vs. Oklahoma State and 77 vs. Kansas). The Sooners have won 10 of the last 12 matchups vs. K-State and 13 of the last 16.
4. Here comes the test
The K-State defense enters the week ranked highly in many statistical categories, including third down defense (2nd; 23.9%), passing yards allowed (5th; 152.5 yds/gm), first downs allowed (6th; 98), pass efficiency defense (10th; 105.88) and scoring defense (19th; 18.7).
The Wildcats have surrendered only 2.7 third-down conversions this year to rank second in the nation behind Wisconsin (2.1).
5. I don’t think it’s supposed to work that way
The road team has won six of the last eight meetings in the Oklahoma -Kansas State series. The two times the home team won in the last eight years were in 2016 and 2018 (OU won 38-17 and 51-14, respectively).
6. Two Dominant Programs
Saturday’s match up between K-State and Oklahoma features two teams that rank in the top three in Big 12 wins since the league’s inception in 1996. The Sooners lead with 149 wins, while the Wildcats are third with 114 victories
7. Scoring by land or air
Oklahoma is the nation’s only team this year with at least 22 rushing touchdowns (22) and at least 22 passing TDs (23).
8. Keeping the laundry off the field
Kansas State enters the week ranked second in the Big 12 and 17th nationally in fewest penalties (34), while it is second in the league and 14th in the country in fewest penalty yards (293).
9. On a Roll!
The Sooners have scored at least 34 points in 17 straight games (longest streak in school history) and in 28 of the last 29. The 17-game streak is the second longest nationally since at least 1980.
10. He’s the best around!
Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts has recorded five passing efficiency ratings of at least 245.0 this year and is the only FBS player since at least 1996 to record more than three such outings (min. 15 attempts) in a season. He ranks first nationally with his 226.1 season pass efficiency rating and owns five of the nation’s top 15 figures this year (national-best 308.5 vs. West Virginia, 253.6 vs. South Dakota, 251.3 vs. Houston, 249.0 vs. Texas Tech and 245.9 at UCLA). Hurts also averages 100.7 rushing yards per contest and ranks second in the country by averaging 8.4 yards per carry. His 397.0 yards of total offense per game are more than Kansas State averages (369.0).
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