We were all wrong about how OSU’s trip to Manhattan last Saturday would play out. Very, very wrong. So can we get our predictions right as the Cowboys head back to the state of Kansas for a trip to Lawrence?
Let’s hope so. Despite the 48-0 loss to K-State, we remain optimistic about OSU’s chances to bounce back this weekend. And historically, that seems to be the right bet, too: OSU has won seven consecutive games following a loss. That’s one win shy of matching the program’s second-longest streak.
Here’s how we are thinking this weekend will unfold as the Pokes try to get back into the win column.
Score: OSU 35, Kansas 32
Thoughts: I really don’t know. Spencer Sanders’ status is as big a question mark as it has been this season. After failing to score for the first time since 2009, surely the Cowboys have figured some things out during the week and can return to their high-scoring ways. I expect this to go down to the wire with Kansas’ ability to score points (what a timeline), but whether it’s Sanders or Gunnar Gundy, I expect the Pokes to bounce back.
Score: OSU 42, Kansas 37
Thoughts: The fact that OSU is only a very marginal favorite in this game worries me . . . a lot. As does the fact that Jalon Daniels, the KU starting QB who was the catalyst to the Jayhawks’ fast start, could very well make his return from injury this weekend. But I am still taking OSU in a close one. The team that showed no fight at K-State is not the team we will see Saturday. They’ll be extra feisty after that loss. KU can keep this game close but the bounceback factor combined with OSU’s edge in the talent department gets them back on track.