K-State taking on Tech without top wideouts

Kansas State and Texas Tech kick off in Lubbock at 7 p.m. ET Saturday night, but the Wildcats will be without two of their top five receivers, according to the Kansas City Star/Wichita Eagle.

Senior Sheldon Smith (12 rec., 74 yards, touchdown) and junior Brodrick Smith (five rec, 55 yards) will both miss Saturday's game.

A team spokesman declined to comment on their absence.

Life is already difficult for the Kansas State passing game, which ranks last in the Big 12 by a full 89 yards per game.

Look for leading receiver Chris Harper to get a lot of work Saturday night against a suspect secondary at Texas Tech.