When/where: 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence
TV/radio: ESPN; KCSP (610 AM)
The series: Oklahoma leads series 70-27-6
The line: Oklahoma by 23 1/2
KANSAS (2-3, 0-2 Big 12)
|Sept. 7||South Dakota||W, 31-14|
|Sept. 14||at Rice||L, 23-14|
|Sept. 21||Louisiana Tech||W, 13-10|
|Oct. 5||Texas Tech||L, 54-16|
|Oct. 12||at TCU||L, 27-17|
|Oct. 26||Baylor||6 p.m.|
|Nov. 2||at Texas||2:30 p.m.|
|Nov. 9||at Oklahoma State||TBA|
|Nov. 16||West Virginia||TBA|
|Nov. 23||at Iowa State||TBA|
|Nov. 30||Kansas State||TBA|
OKLAHOMA (5-1, 2-1 Big 12)
|Aug. 31||Louisiana-Monroe||W, 34-0|
|Sept. 7||West Virginia||W, 16-7|
|Sept. 14||Tulsa||W, 51-20|
|Sept. 28||at Notre Dame||W, 35-21|
|Oct. 5||TCU||W, 20-17|
|Oct. 12||Texas||L, 36-20|
|Saturday||at Kansas||2:30 p.m.|
|Oct. 26||Texas Tech||2:30 p.m.|
|Nov. 7||at Baylor||6:30 p.m.|
|Nov. 16||Iowa State||TBA|
|Nov. 23||at Kansas State||TBA|
|Dec. 7||at Oklahoma State||TBA|
What’s at stake
Kansas began Big 12 play with losses against Texas Tech and TCU, and few will expect the Jayhawks to have a chance against Oklahoma. So with the pressure off, maybe Kansas is positioned to pull a conference shocker. That’s the hope, anyway, and an improving KU defense should be better equipped to handle an Oklahoma offense that isn’t quite vintage Sooners.
Cheers if …
The Kansas offense scores at least 24 points. It may not be enough to win, but the Jayhawks have not eclipsed 23 points in their last four Big 12 games, dating back to last year. It’ll take more production from the passing game. Last week, quarterback Jake Heaps completed 13 of 26 pass attempts for 152 yards against TCU.
Jeers if …
This game gets out of hand in the first half. Last season, Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones dissected a beleaguered KU secondary. Now Jones is gone, and Blake Bell, a graduate of Bishop Carroll in Wichita, has taken over. For one half, at least, KU’s defense should keep the Jayhawks in the game.
Three things about Oklahoma
1 Since Bob Stoops arrived at Oklahoma, the Sooners are 14-0 in games immediately following their Red River Rivalry game with Texas. And dating back to 2004, the Sooners have won 20 straight games after a regular-season loss. Yes, Oklahoma lost 36-20 last week to Texas at the Cotton Bowl.
2 Oklahoma is 123-6 under Stoops when scoring more than 30 points — including a 7-0 mark against Kansas.
3 Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is four victories shy of surpassing Barry Switzer for the most coaching victories in program history. Stoops is 154-38 since 1999, while Switzer was 157-29-4 at Oklahoma.
Kansas’ ground attack versus Oklahoma’s defense: Last week, Texas rode a run-heavy offense — 60 carries for 255 yards — as they pummeled the Sooners in a surprising 36-20 victory. The Jayhawks don’t have the same talent up front — but can senior James Sims control the clock and fire off a couple of long runs?
Rustin Dodd’s pick: Oklahoma 35-17
The jury is out on the Kansas offense until it proves otherwise. Will Charlie Weis’ coaching shakeup on offense help? The Jayhawks can’t afford an offensive no-show against Oklahoma. The KU defense has moved into the middle of the pack in the national rankings (68th in total defense), but it’ll tire out if stays on the field too much against Oklahoma.
Rustin Dodd, firstname.lastname@example.org