Oklahoma vs. Kansas: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistOctober 17, 2013

Oct 20, 2012; Norman, OK, USA; Kansas Jayhawks quarterback Michael Cummings (14) is sacked in the first quarter by Oklahoma Sooners defensive end Chuka Ndule (98) at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Television: ESPN

Live Stream: ESPN3

Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)

  • Over/Under: 49
  • Spread: Oklahoma (-23)

 

Sooners Injury Report (via USA Today)

Aaron ColvinCB10/13/2013Questionable for Saturday's game against KansasQuestionableShoulder
Trey MetoyerWR10/16/2013Suspended indefinitelySuspendedLegal/Disciplinary
Corey NelsonDE10/07/2013Will miss the remainder of the seasonOutPectoral
Jordan PhillipsDT10/13/2013Questionable for Saturday's game against KansasQuestionableUndisclosed
Jake ReedT08/26/2013Suspended indefinitelySuspendedLegal/Disciplinary
Jordan SmallwoodWR08/17/2013Out indefinitelyOutFoot
Kendal ThompsonQB10/13/2013Questionable for Saturday's game against KansasQuestionableFoot
D.J. WardDE08/13/2013Out indefinitelyOutSplenectomy

 

Jayhawks Injury Report (via USA Today)

Marquel CombsDT08/29/2013Expected to miss the entire seasonOutLeg
Taylor CoxRB09/01/2013Out indefinitelyOutGroin/Hamstring
Samson FaifiliLB10/13/2013Questionable for Saturday's game against OklahomaQuestionableUndisclosed
Ben HeeneyLB10/13/2013Questionable for Saturday's game against OklahomaQuestionableKnee
Marcus Jenkins-MooreLB09/24/2013Will miss the remainder of the seasonOutKnee
Tony PiersonRB10/06/2013Out indefinitelyOutConcussion
Kevin ShortCB08/29/2013Will miss the entire seasonOutAcademics
Andrew TurzilliWR10/13/2013Questionable for Saturday's game against OklahomaQuestionableUndisclosed

 

Which Team Rebounds?

NORMAN, OK - OCTOBER 5:  Blake Bell #10 of the Oklahoma Sooners drops back to pass during a game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on October 5, 2013 in Norman, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

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.

 

Prediction

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.

 

Final Score 

Sooners win 28-13

 

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