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OU’s 25 sacks in seven games this season place them two behind the Cowboys, who lead the Big 12 and rank third in the nation. Both teams are averaging just under four sacks per game, and the Sooners, who hit Texas Tech for four sacks in a 63-27 victory last week, could have the luxury of facing a KU team playing without its top tackle.
With the wounds of that woeful performance so fresh in their minds, the who played or coached in that game a year ago are using it as motivation to slow Perine’s roll this time around. Given the fact that the OU back is coming off a 23-carry, 201-yard effort in last week’s victory over Texas Tech (both season-highs), the Jayhawks (0-7 overall, 0-4 Big 12) know they have their work cut out for them. With that said, they’re not exactly dwelling on last year’s historic outing.
According to ESPN Stats and Information, Willis has been pressured on 24.4 percent of his dropbacks since taking over as the starter against Baylor on Oct. 10. Only Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, Iowa State's Sam B. Richardson and West Virginia's Skyler Howard have a higher pressure rate in the Big 12 during that span. Willis' competitive nature has been a key piece of the puzzle, helping him to keep competing despite the physical toll and lack of wins for the 0-7 Jayhawks.
A football coach has to be able to sell. He's got to sell his program to recruits and he's got to sell confidence to his players. Of course he's not going to take the podium and question whether his team can play with Oklahoma. He's knows it's a challenge and he's excited to see his team step up to it. If he wasn't then he should have never even left his office to come a meet with the media. Any team can win on any given day, right?
In this week's episode, Shaffer picks on KU run game coordinator/offensive line coach Zach Yenser.
First-year Kansas football coach David Beaty speaks with media members about KU's Saturday homecoming game against No. 14 Oklahoma. Beaty addresses the Sooners' formidable running game, led by Semaje Perine, who last season set an FBS single-game rushing record with 427 yards against the Jayhawks.
Schnider Herard to reveal college choice next Wednesday; Harry Giles to announce on Nov 14; Marcus Morris starts for Pistons
"I have a goal to go to the Final Four," senior forward Perry Ellis said. "We have been in the system and we know what the coaches are expecting. We feel really confident and I can see it."
Overall, it's set up to be a good season for the Big 12 specifically because it will have three teams ranked in or around the top 10 from November through March. Even if Oklahoma, KU or ISU were to slip and wind up underachieving, Baylor and Texas have serious promise, too. (Mr. Ed says: They have K-State ranked too high.)
The Cyclones jumped out of the gate with a 25-20 first-set victory, in which the Cyclones hit .370 with 20 kills and 27 digs. It marked just the third time this season Kansas has lost the opening set of a match. Kansas bounced back with an epic 28-26 equalizer in the second set.
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At an emotional press conference Wednesday, Kill said he was retiring on the advice of his doctors. He was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2005, has suffered seizures on the sideline during games, and as recently as 2013, was forced to take a seven-game leave of absence to focus on his health. Kill confirmed Wednesday that he suffered two recent seizures.
Could the Big 12 earn a spot in the College Football Playoff without one of its teams going undefeated? Fat chance. That and more in this week's edition of Inside College Football.
"Anything that you do nowadays, everyone has a camera around, and first of all, it's a terrible setup down there … it's bush league. They shouldn't have two teams going out [on the field] from the same place," Swinney said.
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In Game 2, Mets starter Jacob deGrom didn't give up a base-runner until the third and didn't allow a hit until the fourth. That said, deGrom managed just two strikeouts through five innings, and only one swing-and-miss through the first four innings. This, of course, is a pitcher who struck out 27.3 percent of opposing hitters during the regular season (good for third place among NL qualifiers) and registered a swinging-strike rate of 12.7 percent (good for fourth among NL qualifiers).
Kauffman Stadium's upper deck tapers down to a single seat at each the right field and left field corners. Here's our view from the right-field side.
Yankees closer Andrew Miller has won the 2015 Mariano Rivera Award as the top AL relievers. (Mr. Ed says: Um. Ok.)
Former big leaguer Lenny Dykstra admitted to spending "half a million bucks" on private investigators to dig up dig on umpires during his playing career.