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OU vs. Kansas State: Breaking down the matchups

Jake Trotter Modified: April 18, 2013 at 4:41 pm •  Published: October 29, 2009
Quarterbacks
Dual-threat Grant Gregory has done a nice job since replacing Carson Coffman.

But not as good a job as Landry Jones has filling in for Sam Bradford.

Edge: OU

Running backs
When healthy, DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown form one of the best 1-2 punches in the nation.

But Daniel Thomas could be the Big 12′s offensive newcomer of the year.

Edge: Even

Wide receivers
Brandon Banks is one of the top slot backs in the Big 12.

Ryan Broyles is one of the top slot backs in the country.

Edge: OU

Tight ends
Jeron Mastrud is off to another fine year, with 17 catches for 207 yards.

The Sooners didn’t even play a tight end last week.

Edge: K-State

Offensive line

The Sooners are still searching for consistency, going with yet another lineup last week.

The Wildcats have paved the way for Thomas, who leads the Big 12 in rushing.

Edge: K-State

Defensive line
Jeff Fitzgerald has been disruptive for the ‘Cats at DT.

The entire OU d-line, however, has been disruptive for everyone.

Edge: OU

Linebackers
Senior MLB Ulla Pomele leads a solid K-State unit.

But the trio of Ryan Reynolds, Travis Lewis and Keenan Clayton have been much better than solid.

Edge: OU

Defensive backs

Free safety Tysyn Hartman has been a big-time playmaker for the Wildcats.

But no CB duo is playing as well as OU’s Dom Franks and Brian Jackson.

Edge: OU

Special teams
Josh Cherry has struggled with FG attempts longer than 30 yards; Banks is an electric returner.

The Sooners are testing out Tress Way at place-kicker; Broyles only career punt return TD came at K-State last year.

Edge: Even

Prediction: OU 41, K-State 13

K-State is one of the Big 12′s surprises, but is yet to defeat anyone of substance. The ‘Cats are on the right path, but they don’t have near the talent to deal with the Sooners in Norman.

-JT

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