Kansas wraps up the season Saturday trying to snap several long losing streaks during a trip to No. 11 Kansas State. The Wildcats, who are tied atop the Big 12 Conference with Baylor and TCU, have outscored the Jayhawks 222-64 in the five straight rivalry wins. Kansas has lost 29 straight true road games, including 25 conference road games.
The Jayhawks have shown signs of life despite a 1-6 record under interim head coach Clint Bowen, but the Wildcats know records don't matter in rivalry matchups. "You see exactly what it means to the people that live here in this state," record-setting Kansas State receiver Tyler Lockett told the media Tuesday. "It's like a second bowl game. Nobody looks down at this game." Kansas State will try to get its ground game going - after gaining just 1 rushing yard in a win against West Virginia - against a Jayhawks team that allowed 510 yards to Oklahoma last week.
TV: 4 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1. LINE: Kansas State -28
ABOUT KANSAS (3-8, 1-7 Big 12): Michael Cummings has hit 112-of-198 passes for 1,505 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions in six games as a starter. Tight end Jimmay Mundine (43 catches, 564 yards, three TDs) and receiver Nick Harwell (41 catches, 429 yards, four scores) have been his top targets. Cornerback JaCorey Shepherd (Big 12-leading 18 passes defended) and linebacker Ben Heeney (conference-best 7.3 solo tackles and 11 total tackles) lead a defense that's allowing 31.6 points and 448.5 yards.
ABOUT KANSAS STATE (8-2, 6-1): Lockett (team-high 70 catches, 1,074 yards, six touchdowns) already owns the school record for career receiving yards and needs five receptions and three TDs to break his father Kevin's Kansas State career marks. Jake Waters, coming off a career-high 400-yard performance against West Virginia, has completed 63.7 percent of his passes for 2,569 yards, 14 touchdowns and five interceptions. Waters and running back Charles Jones have combined for 853 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns.
1. Kansas ranks first in the Big 12 and 14th nationally in red-zone defense, allowing 32 scores in 44 trips.
2. Lockett is the only FBS player with 1,000 receiving yards, 200 kickoff return yards and 200 punt return yards.
3. Kansas State coach Bill Snyder is 18-4 against the Jayhawks and Bowen played for Kansas in two of its wins (1990, 1992).
PREDICTION: Kansas State 38, Kansas 13