October 26, 2007

The Game Up Close: Baylor at K-State

After suffering an embarrassing 17-3 loss in Waco last season, Kansas State coach Ron Prince and his Wildcats will look to make a statement against Baylor this weekend. After pushing Texas to the limit a week ago, the Bears will enter Saturday's contest with a swollen sense of confidence, but will confidence alone be enough to lift to Baylor to its second straight victory in the series?

The Game Up Close: Kansas State (4-3, 2-2) vs. Baylor (3-5, 0-4)

Saturday, Oct. 27, 2:35 p.m. kickoff
Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan

Baylor rush offense vs. Kansas State rush defense
The numbers:
KSU rush defense: 143.4 yards per game, No. 9 in the Big 12, No. 53 overall
Baylor rush offense: 72.1 yards per game, No. 11 in the Big 12, No. 115 overall

The breakdown: Kansas State has struggled to defend the run as of late, but if there was ever a game to for the Wildcats to get back on track, this is it. The Bears average just 72 yards on the ground this season, and have only attempted 183 rushes this season. Baylor running back Brandon Whitaker has gained 227 on 68 attempts yards in 2007, while playing in an offense that does not commit itself to the run, while Jay Finley, who was projected as the Bears' staring tailback before the season, has gained less that 200 yards in limited action. The Baylor running game could be medicine for an ailing K-State rush defense.

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