Oklahoma Sooners vs. Kansas Jayhawks
Two teams coming off of the one sided games meet in Lawrence as the Kansas Jayhawks host the Oklahoma Sooners. The Sooners are -34.5 favorites over the Jayhawks with an over/under point total set at 67.
They didn’t expect instant results when Turner Gill took over as head coach of the Kansas Jayhawks last season but even for the most optimistic being on the wrong end of a 70-28 football game still has to hurt. UK was dismantled and run circles round in Stillwater last Saturday as they trailed 56-7 at halftime and it was garbage time after that. On the surface the numbers for the Kansas offense aren’t bad as QB Jordan Webb has completed 68.4 percent of his passes with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. James Sims averages 4.2 yards per carry with 380 yards and five touchdowns. D.J. Beshears and Tim Biere each have 19 catches and JeCorey Shepherd has three touchdown catches. The Kansas Defense was absolutely gashed last weekend allowing 600 yards including 494 through the air. Stephen Johnson leads KU in tackles with 46 followed by Darius Willis with 30 and Tunde Bakare with 29.
It’s crowded a top the BCs and things should be very tight when the first BCS standings of the year are released after this week’s games but the Oklahoma Sooners should be at or near the top. Bob Stoops knows that Championships are won in January and not October and he knows being ranked high now doesn’t mean much as the selections don’t take place until after the season but in order to at least be in position, winning now counts as much as ever. QB Landry Jones is having a monster year and it would be a surprise if he returned for his senior year as he’s completed nearly 70 percent of his passes for 1814 yards and 13 touchdowns. Dom Whaley has rushed for 462 yards and eight scores while Ryan Broyles has a remarkable 47 catches for 598 yards and seven touchdowns while Kenny Stills has 19 catches and three touchdowns in three games. The Sooner defense doesn’t stay on the field long and Tom Wort leads the team with 32 tackles as does Ronnell Lewis and they are followed closely by Travis Lewis with 31.
Kansas is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games, 1-5 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 1-5 against the spread in their last six games as an underdog. Oklahoma is 7-1 against the spread as a favorite of 10.5 points or more, 4-1 against the spread against a team with a losing record, and 4-0 against the spread in their last four road games. The favorite has covered four of the last five in this series and the road team has covered five of the last six.
While Kansas gave up huge numbers last week they gained nearly 500 yards as well, the problem is most came after the game was already out of hand. This game might not get as bad as last week for the Jayhawks but it should still be bad enough for Sooner backers.
Oklahoma Sooners -34.5 Kansas Jayhawks