University of Kansas

Kansas-Oklahoma football preview

Updated: 2013-10-17T17:00:02Z

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)

Date Opponent Result/time
Sept. 7South DakotaW, 31-14
Sept. 14at RiceL, 23-14
Sept. 21Louisiana TechW, 13-10
Oct. 5Texas TechL, 54-16
Oct. 12at TCUL, 27-17
SaturdayOklahoma2:30 p.m.
Oct. 26Baylor6 p.m.
Nov. 2at Texas2:30 p.m.
Nov. 9at Oklahoma StateTBA
Nov. 16West VirginiaTBA
Nov. 23at Iowa StateTBA
Nov. 30Kansas StateTBA

OKLAHOMA (5-1, 2-1 Big 12)

Date Opponent Result/time
Aug. 31Louisiana-MonroeW, 34-0
Sept. 7West VirginiaW, 16-7
Sept. 14TulsaW, 51-20
Sept. 28at Notre DameW, 35-21
Oct. 5TCUW, 20-17
Oct. 12TexasL, 36-20
Saturdayat Kansas2:30 p.m.
Oct. 26Texas Tech2:30 p.m.
Nov. 7at Baylor6:30 p.m.
Nov. 16Iowa StateTBA
Nov. 23at Kansas StateTBA
Dec. 7at Oklahoma StateTBA

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.

Key matchup

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?

KANSAS OFFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR19Justin McCay6-2210Jr.
LT61Pat Lewandowski6-5295Jr.
LG63Ngalu Fusimalohi6-2310Jr.
C70Gavin Howard6-4300Sr.
RG65Mike Smithburg6-3300Jr.
RT77Aslam Sterling6-5315Sr.
TE41Jimmay Mundine6-2240Jr.
WR25Brandon Bourbon6-1225Jr.
WR8Josh Ford6-3207Jr.
QB9Jake Heaps6-1210Jr.
RB29James Sims6-0200Sr.
K28Matthew Wyman6-1200So.

KANSAS DEFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE90Kevin Young6-3287Sr.
NT98Keon Stowers6-3297Jr.
DE96Keba Agostinho6-2277Sr.
LB93Ben Goodman6-3245So.
LB57Jake Love6-0220So.
LB58Courtney Arnick6-2205Fr.
NB27Victor Simmons6-1220Jr.
CB24JaCorey Shepherd5-11190Jr.
FS33Cassius Sendish6-0195Jr.
SS5Isaiah Johnson6-1210So.
CB12Dexter McDonald6-1200Jr.
P1Trevor Pardula6-5212Jr.

OKLAHOMA OFFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR11Lacoltan Bester6-3195Sr.
WR8Jalen Saunders5-9157Sr.
LT71Tyrus Thompson6-5320Jr.
LG74Adam Shead6-3298Jr.
C64Gabe Ikard6-3295Sr.
RG68Bronson Irwin6-5314Sr.
RT79Daryl Williams6-6321Jr.
WR3Sterling Shepard5-10193So.
QB10Blake Bell6-6252Jr.
FB33Trey Millard6-2253Sr.
RB24Brennan Clay5-11211Sr.
K18Michael Hunnicutt6-1176Jr.

OKLAHOMA DEFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE85Geneo Grissom6-4263Jr.
DT80Jordan Phillips6-2309Sr.
DT98Chuka Ndulue6-3274Jr.
DE91Charles Tapper6-4261So.
LB42Dominique Alexander6-2216Fr.
LB20Frank Shannon6-1229So.
NB2Julian Wilson6-2199Jr.
CB15Zack Sanchez5-11176Fr.
FS9Gabe Lynn6-0204Sr.
SS10Quentin Hayes6-0193Jr.
CB14Aaron Colvin6-0192Sr.
P44Jed Barnett6-2227Jr.

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, rdodd@kcstar.com

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