After a devastating loss to the Texas Longhorns in the Red River Rivalry in week seven, the Oklahoma Sooners will be looking to bounce back in a big way. Luckily for them, they have a relatively easy matchup this week before three games against ranked opponents in the last five games of the year.
On the other side of the field, the Kansas Jayhawks have not been known for college football in the history of the program, but they could still end up giving the Sooners some fits on the road. However, the Jayhawks are 2-3 on the season with no impressive wins.
Oklahoma is now led by a talented junior quarterback by the name of Blake Bell. The junior dual-threat took over for an injured, and struggling, Trevor Knight in week three and hasn’t looked back. The offseason quarterback battle was lost by Bell, but his regular season play has won that job right back. He did struggle against Texas, but was solid in the weeks leading up to the rivalry game. Bell has 968 yards and six touchdowns on the season to go along with 148 yards on the ground. Brennan Clay leads the rushing attack with 476 yards and three touchdowns on a 6.5 yards per carry average.
Kansas is not known for having a potent offense — or even a solid one for that matter. In fact, the Jayhawks could possibly have the worst offense in the Big 12, ranking as one of the worst offenses in the nation in nearly every major category. Junior quarterback Jake Heaps leads this offense with 887 passing yards and five touchdowns, but his six interceptions and negativ rushing yards show his poor decision-making and inability to break out of the pocket.
Defensively, the Jayhawks allow 25.6 points per game to go along with 399.4 yards per game which are good for 59th and 68th in the nation, respectively. The Sooners rank 12th in the country in points allowed per game while allowing the 13th-least yards per game with just 309.
Oklahoma will travel to Kansas to take on the Jayhawks at 3:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 19. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN.
PREDICTION: Oklahoma 35, Kansas 13