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Oklahoma Preview

Oh boy.

NCAA Football: Texas Christian at Kansas Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

What’s that? A 2:30 PM game on ESPN?

Oh. At Oklahoma.

Yippee.

PREGAME

Kansas has not defeated Oklahoma since 1997. The Sooners have won 15 in a row against Kansas.

The Jayhawks are 27-77-6 vs OU all-time; however, that number includes 13 wins in Norman.

Since 1965, KU has defeated OU just 6 times.

OU has scored at least 28 points in 58 consecutive games, the longest such streak nationally. The next-closest streak over the last 40 years was Central Florida’s 31-game streak from 2017-19.

OU has won 21-straight November games.

First Down

Kansas is outmatched in every aspect of the game. KU must play like the underdog. Be aggressive. Anything past the 40-yard line should be four-down territory. Break out some fake punts, etc. Punting on 4th-and-2 from the 45-yard line only delays the inevitable.

Second Down

Did I say be aggressive? That means throw the ball down the field. Sure, OU may pick off a pass or two (or three). But keep going. All of the pressure is on OU - make them make plays. After all, you’ll never get a pass interference call if you don’t throw the ball.

Third Down

Just have fun out there, guys.

Fourth Down

S&P+ projects a 36-point Oklahoma victory, giving the Jayhawks just a 2% chance of pulling the upset. OU checks in at #11 in the latest S&P+ rankings, while KU maintains their #119 rank (out of 127 teams).

ESPN’s FPI Matchup Predictor puts Oklahoma at a 98.7% chance of victory.

Sagarin gives OU a 96% chance of victory.

The Vegas spread is (as of 10 PM Friday) OU -38, with an over/under of 64.

PREDICTION

Once again, there is absolutely no reason for this game to be close on Saturday. Oklahoma will likely have its starters pulled midway through the third quarter, and you can maybe hope for a Jayhawk backdoor cover late in the fourth.

The Sooners already have two conferences losses, and a loss to KU would destroy any chance of their playing in the conference championship game. Look for Spencer Rattler to have a “get right” game, throwing for four or five touchdowns before the Sooners begin to run clock. I just cannot imagine KU’s defense is going to be able to do much to slow down the OU offense. Oklahoma 58, Kansas 17.

EXTRA POINT

The Sooners have scored 34 or more points against KU in each of the last 11 matchups.