Oklahoma football matchup with Kansas State in doubt over COVID-19

This week’s Oklahoma football game against Kansas State is in serious doubt.

Oklahoma football may be the latest Big 12 program whose season will be impacted by COVID-19.

It’s not because of the Sooner’s numbers though. Their opponent, Kansas State, might be in trouble.

The Wildcats aren’t certain they will be able to play on Saturday, according to Dean Blevins of KWTV in Oklahoma City.

On his Monday night report, Blevins quoted an anonymous Kansas State staffer who sounded particularly pessimistic about the game going forward.

“Ain’t gonna be a game, have to be a miracle,” the source said.

Kansas State isn’t sure they will meet Big 12 thresholds to play.

Earlier this month, the Big 12 set a standard requiring 53 players to be available for each team each week. Specifically, there must also be seven offensive linemen, four defensive linemen and at least one quarterback cleared to play.

Kansas State head coach Chris Klieman told reporters on Monday his team currently meets Big 12 thresholds to keep the game from being canceled, but they’re on the edge.

“I hope we can still meet ‘em on Wednesday and Friday,” Klieman said. “Our kids want to play. Whether we’re down guys or not. But we also have to make sure it’s safe for the guys that are out there. And I know that everybody’s kind of waiting on this on a day-to-day basis.”

The Wildcats were missing 35 or more players when they were upset by Arkansas State last weekend.

They have 12 players from that number back coming back for the Oklahoma game, but another 10 will be missing. So it’s one step forward, one step back on the roster front. If the numbers don’t hold steady or decrease, they can kiss the game against the Sooners goodbye.

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