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Preview: Kansas Tries To Stop The Bleeding Against Deadly #6 Oklahoma

Oklahoma heads to Lawrence as heavy favorites over Kansas.



Kansas Jayhawks Zach Hannon blocks Oklahoma Sooners Amani Bledsoe - Getty Images - Icon Sportswire
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The Kansas Jayhawks host the 6th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday in what is expected to be the biggest of blowouts. The Sooner’s offense is riding high thanks to Jalen Hurts. The Jayhawks offense was abysmal after losing their most productive rusher in Khalil Herbert.

Oklahoma leads the overall series 76-27-6. They have won the last 14 meetings. The last Jayhawk win came in 1997, when Terry Allen’s Jayhawks beat John Blake’s Sooners 20-17.

The Jayhawks are just looking to rebound and take some positive momentum into the bye week. The Sooners are trying to get one final tune up before the Red River Rivalry next week.

Game Details

  • When: Sat, Oct 5 at 11:00 AM CT
  • Where: Kansas Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, KS
  • Weather: Thunderstorms, High of 74°F
  • TV: ABC
  • Stream: WatchESPN
  • Line: OKLA -31.5, O/U: 67.5

6 Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma got the conference schedule started with a bang, destroying the Red Raiders 55-16. As expected, the addition of Jalen Hurts to this offense has more than made up for any struggles the offensive line might have had. The defense looks much improved, although that may be because of a lack of challenge so far.

Through 4 games, the Sooner offense is on pace to be even more productive than last year. In 2019, they are averaging 669 yards/game compared to last year’s 570 yards/game. With the holes in the Jayhawk defense, it doesn’t seem like this will be the game where that slows down.

Oklahoma Keys To The Game

Relax – The offense is cruising, and with this many weapons, something is going to work really well. Even if Kansas gets a few stops early in the game, this offense is potent enough to not worry. The only real pressure on this offense will be the pressure they put on themselves.

Swarm The Line – The Kansas offensive line is suspect. Oklahoma has superior athletes. Until Kansas shows a willingness to move away from traditional power-run offensive sets, applying pressure to the line will be enough to stop both the run and the pass.

Stay In The Moment – The Jayhawks don’t appear to present a challenge. The Red River Rivalry is next week. As long as the team treats this as an opportunity to get better, they won’t get caught looking ahead. Kansas isn’t talented enough to beat them without help from the Sooners.

Kansas Jayhawks

Kansas was missing some very big pieces from their team last week against the TCU Horned Frogs. It showed early and often. With Dru Prox sidelined by injury, the TCU offense gashed the Jayhawks on run after run. With Khalil Herbert’s late decision to redshirt and transfer, the offense never seemed to be able to get anything going.

Herbert will not be back. There are rumors that Dom Williams will soon announce that he is redshirting. Prox is out for at least another week. The Jayhawks have holes to fill, and one of the best teams in the country is coming to town Saturday.

No one expects this game to be close. The Jayhawks will have an opportunity to shock the world again this season if they just keep the game close.

Kansas Keys To The Game

Start Fast – I feel like a broken record, but the Jayhawks can’t afford to fall behind early. The offense won’t be able to play catch-up if they don’t start right away.

Mix It Up – The offense has become too predictable. Kansas needs to mix in misdirection and RPO concepts liberally. If they can’t keep the Sooners defense off balance, they don’t stand a chance of keeping up on the scoreboard.

Keep Trying – The defense is going to give up points. Lots of points. It may seem like they will never stop the Sooners offense. But if they keep throwing enough looks out there, they might eventually find something that works. 

Game Prediction

I’m not going to be the delusional Kansas fan that assumes that his team actually has a chance. Oklahoma is more talented on both sides of the ball. They are more complete on both sides of the ball. They have better coaching, especially with Lincoln Riley being one of the top 5 coaches in the country.

The only way the Jayhawks stand a chance is if Oklahoma is looking ahead to the Red River Rivalry. Even then, I’d still have a hard time picking this game to be competitive. The Jayhawks will get down early. They will improve in the 2nd half. It will barely be enough to get them close to the line.

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