Kansas State vs. Oklahoma: This Has a Sooners Rout Written All over It
In one of the biggest games of the day, the Oklahoma Sooners host the Kansas State Wildcats. Both teams enter Big 12 play undefeated and both are ranked nationally in the college polls.
The Wildcats are 3-0 on the season and currently hold the No. 15 spot AP Top 25 poll. This year, the Wildcats are backed by an impressive defense that has already registered eight sacks on the season. Senior Aaron Brown leads that ferocious defense and will attempt to bottle up Sooners quarterback Landry Jones and contain the Sooners.
Be careful what you wish for Wildcats, because the Sooners will dominate this game from start to finish.
History Repeats Itself
Last year, the Wildcats had the same high expectations against Oklahoma. The Wildcats started the game wired with emotion from the home crowd, but the game was never close. The Sooners won 58-17 and dominated the contest from start to finish.
Fast forward a year and the teams look the same, only the venue is different.
This time the Sooners will have the home crowd behind them as coach Bob Stoops as asked the fans to come out and be loud in support of the Sooners.
The Sooners are 14-0 against ranked teams at home under Stoops and that streak will continue in a big way against the Wildcats.
Last year when these two teams met, the Wildcats had the Big 12’s top defense. They had a seven game winning streak powered by that defense which was quick and agile and eager to prove it could shut down Landry Jones and the Sooners offense.
That defense failed miserably. Landry Jones tore them apart throwing for a school-record yardage total amassing 505 yards and five scores. In total, the Sooners put up 690 yards of offense against a defense that was supposed to be up for the challenge.
This year, that defense with many of the same pieces from a year ago will get another chance to slow down Jones and the Sooners offense. This Wildcats defense has faced Missouri State, a weakened Miami (FL), and North Texas. Neither of those teams presents the challenge that the Sooners will today.
The Sooners know that the Wildcats have a possession type of offense that will grind it out and try and keep the ball away from the Sooners on offense.
Sooners co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell realizes that if his offense is to be successful, they have to get off to a quick start and play physical football.
"We want to do a good job of really executing when we're on offense. We can't afford to waste drives and waste series offensively. We have to do a great job running the ball and passing the ball." (Via Tulsa World)
The offense will be in quick-strike high octane mode from start to finish in this game. The Sooners realize that if they can put some distance on the scoreboard, then the Wildcats will be forced to change up their game plan to play catch up.
Once the Sooners get the lead, they will never look back and the rout will be on as the flustered Wildcats struggle to keep up.
Numbers Don’t Lie
It’s early in the season and both teams have yet to play a top-ranked opponent, but when it comes to statistics, it is clear the Sooners have the edge.
The Sooners are ranked fifth in the Big 12 in total offense, second in rushing offense and sixth in pass offense. Kansas State is fourth in rushing offense, tenth in pass offense, and eighth in total offense.
Although the Wildcats defense is vastly improved, Oklahoma has the No. 2 scoring defense in the Big 12, while the Wildcats are ranked fifth.
Another Big Day for Jones
Landry Jones dominated the game in the last meeting and there is every reason to believe that he will do it again on Saturday.
Jones fooled the defense with quick hits and accurate down field strikes. He is as comfortable as he has ever been in this offense and he will see some familiar faces in the Wildcats backfield today.
Free safety Ty Zimmerman along with cornerbacks Nigel Malone and Allen Chapman will once again try and slow down Jones and company.
Jones has had at least two touchdowns in each game this year and he should double that output today. Jones has the luxury of an improving running game to take the pressure off of him in the pocket.
Damien Williams put up over 150 yards a week ago and is averaging 130 yards per game. Paired with Dominique Whaley, this rushing attack will keep the defense honest and allow Jones time to air it out.
Jones will light up this Wildcats secondary and target Justin Brown and Trey Metoyer early and often as the Sooners cruise to a double-digit domination.