4-Down Territory: Can K-State show more versatility, more production on offense?

Texas Tech will get chance to prove its unbeaten start is no fluke with home test vs. OSU

Quarterback Jesse Ertz, right, fullback Winston Dimel and the Kansas State offense need to show more offensive diversity in the wake of their 14-7 loss at Vanderbilt on Sept. 16. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)



1. Can Kansas State show more diversity on offense?

We realize the quarterback run game is a key element to the Wildcats’ attack, but running backs and blockers need to get in sync too following the disappointing loss at Vanderbilt. Dropped balls and errant passes also hurt K-State’s overall efficiency.

2. Can Oklahoma State make a case for the CFP?

To do so will force the Cowboys to win nine straight games against Big 12 rivals. Oklahoma achieved that last season, but during a 9-0 league run. The new Big 12 championship game is something OSU can still reach, but its defense must show more resolve.

3. Can TCU be the team to beat in the Big 12?

Not yet. Not as long as Oklahoma carries a 14-game overall win streak and 17-game sizz in conference play. The Horned Frogs are much improved defensively and that unit will stay fresh as long as the offense continues to control the clock.

4. Can Texas Tech rise up as a potential sleeper?

The Red Raiders’ game at home Saturday against Oklahoma State could go a long way to providing insight into any improvement at Tech. They certainly wing the football behind QB Nik Shimonek, the nation’s third-leading passer, but everyone expects that.




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