The Sooners have a few easy ones before the final three (Baylor, TCU, Oklahoma State) that will likely decide the fate of their season. OU was all over Tech last week, winning 63-27. This week, they play a stumbling Kansas team that still hasn’t found a win.
Despite being heavy favorites, it’s important that the Sooners take it one week at a time, lest another Texas disaster occurs. The Jayhawks’ freshman quarterback Ryan Willis hasn’t exactly lit it up so far, but he’s done okay for himself through four starts: throwing for 778 yards and 4 touchdowns. Junior Ke’aun Kinner is their lead back, accounting for 386 yards on 90 carries, notching five touchdowns. Standout receiver Tre’ Parmalee averages 75 receiving yards a game.
One year ago against the Jayhawks, Samaje Perine made history, although he apparently isn’t too sentimental about it, saying, “I really didn’t care about it too much at all. Even after, I still don’t really care much for it.” It’s worth noting that they Jayhawks’ rushing defense ranks 118th out of 128 FBS teams, giving up an average of 244 yards per game. Mixon and Perine should both be in for monster games. On a thin defensive corps, two impact players stand out: Safety Fish Smithson, who is averaging 9.3 tackles a game, and defensive end Ben Goodman, who has a team high 4.5 sacks.
This one could get ugly if the Sooners continue to click as they have in the past few weeks. One would think OU has already learned what happens when you look past an opponent and phone in a performance, but college football is chaotic and unpredictable. Still, look for OU to dominate both sides of the ball.