The No. 9 Oklahoma Sooners (4-1, 2-1 Big 12) are hosting the Kansas Jayhawks (1-5, 0-3 Big 12) in what shouldn’t be much more than a tune-up game for OK as it prepares for Notre Dame next Saturday.
However, if football has taught us anything, it is that overlooking an opponent can be fatal.
Do the Jayhawks have what it takes to take advantage of a foe that might not be giving them enough credit?
Keep reading to find out where to watch this game, some BCS implications, an injury report, players to watch and a prediction on the outcome.
When: Saturday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman, Okla.
Watch: FSN Affiliates
Listen: Free Football Radio
Betting Line: Oklahoma -35 (via ScoresAndOdds.com)
BCS/Top 25 Implications
The Sooners were awarded a solid No. 9 slotting in the initial BCS rankings, trailing just LSU and South Carolina as one-loss teams inside of the top 10.
Their only loss came at the hands of an undefeated, No. 4-ranked Kansas State program, which has helped their cause with the pollsters.
Kansas is on the other end of the spectrum, with just a single win in 2012—which came against South Dakota State back on Sept. 1.
Oklahoma isn’t going to skyrocket up the polls with a win here, but it needs to pull out a sound victory in order to hold its position atop the ranks.
Injury Report (via CollegeInjuryReport.com)
OL Riley Spencer—Knee—OUT
OL Nila Kasatati—Knee—OUT
DT Torrea Peterson—Academics—OUT
Kansas Player to Watch: James Sims
This hardworking junior RB didn’t quit in Week 7 against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. He ran for a tough 138 yards on 27 carries, with a late TD that put the Jayhawks within three.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough to get it done, but Sims has clearly established himself as the lead back. He’s compiled 73 rushes for 344 yards and four scores in just three games played following a DUI suspension.
If KU is going to pull off this stunning upset, Sims will have to be a beastly performance.
Oklahoma Player to Watch: Blake Bell
The Sooners' 6’6”, 254-pound bruiser of a backup quarterback has come into his own as of late.
After a slow start to the season, the sophomore has gotten an increased number of carries. In the past two games, he’s been given 18 carries (almost exclusively in the red zone) and turned those into 48 yards and six touchdowns.
It seems coach Bob Stoops has found an unstoppable way to score and will keep pushing this young man to turn red-area drives into red-area touchdowns for the Sooners.
Prediction: Oklahoma 45 – Kansas 7
This one isn’t even going to be close. The Sooners are a vastly superior team and we should see a number of backups and third-stringers getting a closer look by the time this contest comes to a conclusion.
From the opening kick to the final whistle, Oklahoma will dominate Kansas up and down the field. The Sooners are fighting tooth and nail to salvage their season, while the Jayhawks couldn’t even beat the Rice Owls.
Don’t expect this game to be anything resembling pretty or close.