Kansas vs. Oklahoma: Things We Learned from Sooners' Blowout Victory

Justin WeltonAnalyst IIOctober 21, 2012

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 13:  David King #90 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrates with Tony Jefferson #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners after sacking the Texas Longhorn quarterback for a loss at Cotton Bowl on October 13, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. The Oklahoma Sooners beat the Texas Longhorns 63-21. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Is there anything you can take away from blowing out a now 1-6 football team 52-7? Absolutely.

You can look at trends, performances over time and remember that good teams blow out inferior competition.

The Sooners played extremely well Saturday, and while you can take several things away like Landry Jones' three-touchdown performance, we are going to focus on three takeaways. 


Oklahoma's first-team defense deserves more recognition

According to Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman, the Sooners' first-team defense has only allowed seven points in the past three games. 

Texas, Texas Tech and Kansas have all been victims of the Sooners' first-team defense in what were each blowout victories.

Stellar. Superb.

Kansas was the third team to feel their wrath, and it could only manage 309 yards of total offense, despite being blown out for the majority of the game.

Oklahoma's defense is playing lights-out right now, and I fully expect the quality play to continue.  


Oklahoma is still in title contention

When Oklahoma lost to Kansas State on Sept. 22, there were many people thinking "here we go again, another disappointing loss to a potentially great season."

A month later and there is a completely different outlook. Kansas State has shot up the rankings, looking dominant in every way imaginable. They just went to Morgantown and defeated the Mountaineers 55-14. 

What appeared to be a disappointing loss at home now looks like as good of a loss as you will see.

Also, Oklahoma has looked equally as dominant since that Sept. 22, game. It has outscored its opponents 156-48 in the past three games. It didn't do this against scrub teams either, it defeated No. 15 Texas and a Texas Tech team that is 6-1 and ranked in the Top 25.

With a schedule that features undefeated No. 5 Notre Dame, Iowa State, West Virginia and TCU, there are a handful of games Oklahoma can use to add to its resume.

It isn't done yet.


When the offense and defense are clicking, Oklahoma is one of the best teams in the country

We'll find out next week when No. 5 Notre Dame travels to Norman, but when Oklahoma gets a great defensive effort combined with a quality offensive game, it's one of the better teams in America.

Oklahoma's only loss had more to do with Kansas State and less to do with the Sooners. The Wildcats are a much better team than people give them credit for, and for them to go to Norman and defeat the Sooners speaks volumes to how well-prepared they are to play on a game-by-game basis.

The Sooners have won every game by double-digit points aside from the loss to Kansas State. They are talented, have NFL-caliber players and their defense is superb.

Notre Dame will provide a great test for Oklahoma, but if the Sooners play up to their capabilities, they will walk away with the victory. 

This team is legit.