Forget for a moment that the Oklahoma Sooners own the Kansas Jayhawks on the gridiron.
Throw out the window the fact that Oklahoma leads the series 70-27-6 and has won eight straight. It's even advisable to throw out the fact Kansas has lost 23 straight conference games and is more than a two-touchdown underdog.
Kansas has shown signs of life in recent weeks, while the Sooners laid down in embarrassing fashion last week in the Red River Rivalry despite being two-touchdown favorites against Texas.
This is a game college football fanatics won't want to miss. Here are the important details.
When: Saturday, Oct. 19 at 2:30 p.m. ET
Where: Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, Kan.
Live Stream: ESPN3
Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)
- Over/Under: 49
- Spread: Oklahoma (-23)
Sooners Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Aaron Colvin||CB||10/13/2013||Questionable for Saturday's game against Kansas||Questionable||Shoulder|
|Trey Metoyer||WR||10/16/2013||Suspended indefinitely||Suspended||Legal/Disciplinary|
|Corey Nelson||DE||10/07/2013||Will miss the remainder of the season||Out||Pectoral|
|Jordan Phillips||DT||10/13/2013||Questionable for Saturday's game against Kansas||Questionable||Undisclosed|
|Jake Reed||T||08/26/2013||Suspended indefinitely||Suspended||Legal/Disciplinary|
|Jordan Smallwood||WR||08/17/2013||Out indefinitely||Out||Foot|
|Kendal Thompson||QB||10/13/2013||Questionable for Saturday's game against Kansas||Questionable||Foot|
|D.J. Ward||DE||08/13/2013||Out indefinitely||Out||Splenectomy|
Jayhawks Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Marquel Combs||DT||08/29/2013||Expected to miss the entire season||Out||Leg|
|Taylor Cox||RB||09/01/2013||Out indefinitely||Out||Groin/Hamstring|
|Samson Faifili||LB||10/13/2013||Questionable for Saturday's game against Oklahoma||Questionable||Undisclosed|
|Ben Heeney||LB||10/13/2013||Questionable for Saturday's game against Oklahoma||Questionable||Knee|
|Marcus Jenkins-Moore||LB||09/24/2013||Will miss the remainder of the season||Out||Knee|
|Tony Pierson||RB||10/06/2013||Out indefinitely||Out||Concussion|
|Kevin Short||CB||08/29/2013||Will miss the entire season||Out||Academics|
|Andrew Turzilli||WR||10/13/2013||Questionable for Saturday's game against Oklahoma||Questionable||Undisclosed|
Which Team Rebounds?
Despite a 2-3 record and an eighth-place standing in the Big 12, the Jayhawks have improved over the last two weeks. After losing 54-16 to Texas Tech, Kansas rebounded and played much better in a 27-17 loss to TCU last week.
Oklahoma embarrassed itself against Texas last week by allowing two major touchdown receptions and a special teams touchdown, and it saw a pass by quarterback Blake Bell intercepted and returned for a touchdown.
Bell himself was horrific, throwing for just 133 yards and two interceptions. Texas effectively stuffed the run, which in turn caused the Sooners to take to the air more en route to Bell being exposed as a liability.
The Sooners survive on a defense that allows just 16.8 points per game and the strong running duo of seniors Brennan Clay and Damien Williams. Those factors are still intact, so Oklahoma needs to settle down and prevent big plays to rebound with a victory.
Last year when the Sooners and Jayhawks met, Oklahoma had little issue on the way to a 52-7 win against a Kansas team that ultimately only tallied one win on the season.
This year, the Jayhawks are much improved, but last week served as a good barometer for just how good Kansas is this year. The Jayhawks forced five turnovers but still lost by 10 and were outgained 380-198 by a TCU team that only managed 210 yards of offense against Oklahoma the week prior.
At this point, the Jayhawks don't have the firepower to compete with the Sooners, but an opportunistic defense may give Bell some issues.
As long as Bell keeps his head on straight, Oklahoma wins on the road by a sizable margin.
Sooners win 28-13
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