Welcome back to Big 12 football! The Mountaineers and Horned Frogs have already kicked off the party with TCU thumping West Virginia last night. There’s six more teams in action this week though, so let’s take a look at the matchups!
Oklahoma vs Kansas
Last year, in the rain-soaked grass on Owen Field, Samaje Perine ran into the history books with a 427-yard-curb-stomping of the Kansas defense. This year, Perine returns with a new shiny side kick in Joe Mixon. For Oklahoma, this is another game to assert their dominance since the embarrassing loss to Texas and show the improvement of their once terribly inept offensive line. Kansas hopes the curse of Michael Myers overcomes the invading Sooners and helps them to a season-defining upset victory.
After a week where Kansas had the misfortune of playing an OSU squad looking to honor the tragedy in Stillwater, the Jayhawks now have to play against another inspired squad in Oklahoma looking to position themselves for a Big 12 title run. Sadly, there is no statistic that can be used to help the Jayhawks cause in this one. Pick your category; passing offense, rush defense, scoring offense, the Jayhawks do not rank higher than 8th in any major statistical category in the Big 12. One thing playing in their favor is the loss of defensive leader Zach Sanchez for the Sooners. However, the backup, Dakota Austin impressed many by having a better than solid game off the bench against an impressive Tech passing attack.
Baker Mayfield is coming off a so-so performance where the running game was the obvious killer for the Sooner and his passing exploits weren’t needed. Look for Mayfield to sling the ball around to get the receivers Sterling Shepard, Duron Neal and Mark Andrews involved.