Oddly enough we follow up our 'best potential Big 12 wins' post with a look ahead to this weekend's game against Oklahoma State. What's odd about that? Nothing, unless you consider a 23+ point line as our best chance to win a little concerning.
Nonetheless that's what we've come to. Kansas isn't a very solid team this year. I do believe there is improvement and I think Charlie Weis can hopefully be a stop gap or help put out the fire started by Turner Gill, but this isn't going to be easy. Oklahoma State is in the middle to bottom tier of Big 12 teams. Offensively they are still very good, defensively they leave something to be desired. Oddsmakers seem more than willing to take their chances with that defense against a Jayhawk offense that has really turned into a bit of a trainwreck at times.
For Kansas it's going to be a different kind of test defensively. Kansas State put up points but they really are a more run focused team. Oklahoma State will balance it out, although they have been more run heavy this year than in years past.
The good news is that this one is in Lawrence. Hopefully the home field will give the team a little boost and we can get a little fight out of the crimson and blue. I'm not a betting man so I obviously won't be touching this line, but I guess my goal today would be four quarters of football like we saw in the first half last Saturday. Four quarters like we saw in the first quarter would be even better. That's a Kansas team that can compete, unfortunately everyone knows that the game is four quarters and Kansas hasn't done much to deserve a line any different than this.