OU Beats Kansas, 45-20, in A Slopfest

It wasn’t pretty, but the Oklahoma Sooners got a comfortable win against the Kansas Jayhawks 45-20 this Saturday.

While several Oklahoma fans (and bettors) left the game unsatisfied, the Sooners took care of business in this game, overcoming early issues to win commandingly.

Up Next: Texas. ‘Nuff Said.

Game Week: Kansas

The Sooners head to Lawrence to face an old foe from ages ago: Les Miles.

Believe it or not, it’s already October. The only thing standing between the Sooners and their long awaited matchup with Texas in the Cotton Bowl? A trip to Lawrence to face Les Miles and Kansas.

Meet the Jayhawks

While Kansas has been the laughing stock of the Big 12 since Mark Mangino’s firing in 2010, they have shown signs of improvement at times this season, such as their stunning road win at Boston College.

However, it’s important to take the good with the bad when evaluating this Jayhawk team. For every impressive point (a Power 5 road win), there is a glaring negative (blown out by TCU, lost to Coastal Carolina). As such, you have no clue what team you will see each Saturday. They’ll either be decent or astonishingly awful; no middle ground.

The X-Factor here is Les Miles, someone we’ll speak of quite often a bit later this week.

Who to Watch For:

Pooka Williams Jr., RB

While Williams has had a lackluster start to 2019, he’s still the same man who put up 252 yards and two touchdowns on the Sooners last season in Norman.

Williams represents the main reason why Kansas shouldn’t be seen as just a bye week. This game is this team’s Super Bowl. Sure, they aren’t good by any means, but Les Miles is going to have this team fired up for this game. They have the capability to make this an annoying game for Oklahoma if the Sooners don’t show up.

Why You Should Be Excited

Look, I don’t know how many of you really remember Les Miles the way I do. From November 2001-October 2003, this man was responsible for two of my toughest years as a Sooner fan.

While both seasons would be considered pretty good by most standards, they had the inescapable annoyance of Oklahoma State, who went on an extremely rare two game Bedlam win streak, with both wins eliminating OU from national title contention. The success starved Poke fans were absolutely insufferable up until October 2003 when Sooners finally took out Les in embarrassing fashion.

The next two Bedlam games OU won in cathartic fashion with seeing Les get his comeuppance making those wins even better. After the 2004 season, Les left for Baton Rouge to continue on the dynasty that Nick Saban started at LSU. From that point on, the Cowboys have only won Bedlam twice – the same count as Miles.

I don’t care that Kansas is, well, Kansas. I’ve seen what the Mad Hatter can do in these scenarios. The seven year old in me who was teased endlessly for two years wants to see Les get obliterated all the same.

Let ‘er rip.

Series History (OU Leads 76-27-6)

Not a lot to note here, other than the fact that somehow this traditional matchup is closer than Bedlam. That’s hilarious.

Roundball Recap: Kansas

Most rational fans assumed Oklahoma would probably not come out on top against Kansas in Lawrence. While the Sooners didn’t beat the Jayhawks, the overall play of the Oklahoma offense had to leave you with optimism.

The Sooners were flawed, yes. However, through all the turnovers, missed free throws, ill-advised shots and Kansas runs, you could see a path where OU wins this game. Because despite all the frustrating play tonight, the Sooners felt this close to getting over the hump and taking out KU.

  • OU is a veteran squad, but you could tell that the two grad transfers, Miles Reynolds and Aaron Calixte, were a little shook at Allen Fieldhouse. Both turned the ball over a bit much and didn’t quite get hot. While I know this was a baptism by fire, hopefully they can work out the kinks.
  • Jamuni McNeece was desperately needed against the size of this Kansas team. The Sooners couldn’t do much to stop Adoke Azuibuike down low much of the game.
  • For such a rough offensive performance, you gotta love how OU scrapped on defense.
  • Both of these teams are just brutal from three. That was tough on the eyes.
  • Daily reminder that Jamal Bieniemy is going to be an absolute star.
  • Christian James was pretty suffocated by the Kansas defense, but caught on late pretty decently.

Overall, this was a positive performance for the Sooners and something to build from as conference play rolls on. Grade: B+

Up Next: Bedlam in Norman.

Three Pointer: Kansas

Sad about our college football season ending? Me too. But thankfully we have a good basketball team to numb the pain. The Sooners are 11-1, ranked 23rd in the AP and are incredibly fun to watch. This is a team that is red hot entertaining conference play.

Unfortunately, if you are looking for comfort following last Saturday’s Orange Bowl, you probably won’t find it on ESPN 2 tonight at 8 central. In the Big 12 opener Sooners are facing Basketball’s Bama, the Kansas Jayhawks, the team allergic to not winning the Big 12. This team is big, disciplined and in the top five yet again.

Oh, and did I mention the game is in Allen Fieldhouse, one of the most impossible places in win in any sport? Starting off conference play is always hard, but starting it with the hardest game on your schedule is just insanity.

As we know from last season, we’ll see just how good this OU team is through conference play. This is a legit team that can pull off the upset if things fall in place correctly. Here are my big three keys for the Sooners tonight.

1. Stay Composed

Oklahoma has played tough teams in a variety of environments all season, but this is the first one I could call a snake-pit. They have road game experience in a win at Northwestern late last month, but Lawrence is a different animal. If the Sooners can weather the storm early, get good looks despite the score and not let the building beat them, they can hang with this Jayhawk team.

2. Lock Down Dedric Lawson

Among many surprises with this Oklahoma team is their staunch team defense, something missing last season. The Sooners are good on the wings, a skill that will be useful in defending Kansas forward Dedric Lawson. Forcing Lawson into uncomfortable positions and shutting off options will be key to defensive success against the Jayhawks.

3. Don’t Force The Three Ball

This ties into keeping your composure a bit, but relying on threes for this team to survive is just not a good strategy. Forcing them is an even worse one. The Sooners aren’t a particularly effluent three point shooting team, so keeping the shot selection good will be crucial for a win.

When we look back at this season in March, I think this game will end up being pretty impactful. Either it will be a pivotal game in the conference championship hunt or the moment we began to see that this team just wasn’t cut out for the Big 12 gauntlet.

Win or lose, let’s hope for the former.

The Oklahoma Defense Hits Rock Bottom as Sooners beat Kansas 55-40

KANSAS SCORED FORTY POINTS ON THIS DEFENSE.

FORTY!!!!!!

I’m honestly so tired of watching this defense squander all time offenses. It’s absurd. Mike Stoops wasn’t a great defensive coordinator by any means, but it’s evident that the issues at defense run much deeper than coaching. This is a non aggressive, poorly tackling and frankly pathetic defense. The amount of missed tackles and arm tackles were sickening. There is literally nothing good I can say about this defense.

– Great game from Kyler as usual on the air and ground, but man there were some rough passes. Look, I know that statistically he might be one of the best quarterbacks of all time, but these blindly thrown spot passes are going to bite this team when the games get tough. So basically, Friday.

– Trey Sermon needs to be healthy for this team to work. He went down with an ankle injury and while I assume he was held out as a precaution, this team would be devastated if he isn’t good to go. The running back depth is already shot as Kennedy Brooks is the last healthy back left; Jeremiah Hall was the back up tailback tonight and he’s basically a tight end.

– With that being said, great game from Kennedy Brooks. He had himself a day in the spotlight, rushing for 171 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries. The offense is significantly better when it is geared towards a “run first” mentality.

– Carson Meier has done a wonderful job filling the Dimitri Flowers role at H-back. He’s been a bit of an unsung hero this season, but he has really made a big impact as a sneaky option for Kyler.

-Kyler deserves the Heisman purely based on the Bo Jackson style campaign. Absolute gold.

-OU hit ten wins tonight and it felt like a damn funeral. We are so spoiled.

MVP: Pooka Williams Jr.

Yep, a visiting player gets MVP for the first time this season. The freshman back had a huge game against the Sooners, torching them for 252 yards and two touchdowns. He is going to be a problem in the Big 12 for years to come.

LVP: Me

I entirely blame today’s performance on the steak I made this morning. It accidentally caught fire and well…

Just yikes.

Next Game: Black Friday in Morgantown with a Big 12 title spot on the line. The stakes are at their highest.

Weekend Spread: Week 12

Bobby: 5-3 (46-41)

Jamison: 5-3 (42-45)

Blake: 5-3 (46-41)

Last Week

#12 Syracuse v. #3 Notre Dame (ND -9.5)

Bobby: I cannot express how badly I want Syracuse to beat Notre Dame. One out of Clemson, Notre Dame or Michigan need to lose for OU to have a window of getting into the College Football Playoff and if you ask me, this is the best shot we have. Clemson ain’t losing in the weak ACC and while Michigan still faces a tough challenge from Ohio State at the Horseshoe next weekend, a Buckeye win would just swap them with the Wolverines.

However badly I want Syracuse to win, they most likely won’t. They have a worse S&P Defensive rating than OU, for God’s sake. With that being said, the stars might be aligning here for a close game with ‘Cuse’s ranking, ND’s crappy Yankee uniforms and just the weirdness of it all. Syracuse, +9.5 

Jamison: I would LOVE to see Syracuse win this one. This game is the biggest one to watch for Sooner fans. Great 1:30 kickoff (thanks NBC).

A huge dilemma for me in picking this game, due to Blake’s saying of “look good, play good”. Notre Dame’s Yankee inspired uniforms are atrocious. One would think that since they look good, they would play bad. I think that trend breaks on Saturday. Notre Dame’s performance vs. FSU last Saturday really pleased me. Ian Book has been their glue, and without him, with a QB who threw multiple picks, they still looked dominant. Give me Notre Dame by 17. Notre Dame, -9.5

Blake: I am a big uniform guy and over the past few weeks I have been picking winners like no other solely based on the uniforms that they have worn. Barry Sanders throwbacks (winner), Tech Black Raiders (winner), and the Sailor Bear helmet (winner). When you got that icy drip, you are going to 100% play better. It’s just a fact.

The opposite is true as well; Notre Dame’s uniforms for this game are booty. I don’t know who thought mixing a baseball jersey and football jersey was a good idea, but well it is happening this Saturday. There is no way you can win in these uniforms, they are that bad. Dino Babers is the man and will not allow these trash uniforms to beat him. Syracuse by a million. Syracuse, +9.5

#24 Cincinnati @ #11 Central Florida (UCF -7.5)

Bobby: The UCF story just won’t end. The Knights clearly aren’t a good team as they produce struggle win after struggle win against mediocre American teams. While Cincy comes into this one with a Top 25 ranking, I think the Gameday effect pushes the Knights over the hump just enough to cover. Just stay away from this one. Central Florida, -7.5

Jamison: Cincy, my adopted #2 team from middle school. I remember the good ol days with Tony Pike and Marty Gilliard. They were a fun team to watch, until Tim Tebow destroyed them. UCF’s defense has been atrocious, and I have a feeling this will be a shootout. UCF by a touchdown. Cincinnati, +7.5

Blake: I can’t believe we actually have to care about this game. UCF is not good at all. But yet since they whine so much on Twitter, we have to discuss them each week. There is no scenario in which UCF should be allowed in the playoff. There conference sucks, their strength of schedule sucks, they should not be allowed to get in the playoffs just because they are trucking crappy teams. The CFP through fairness out the window when Baylor or TCU was not allowed in the playoff in 2014, so there is no way UCF should ever get a shot at the thrown.

I heard this idea this week though and I absolutely love it; if there is not going to be an 8-team playoff, there needs to be a mid-major playoff. There is nothing I want more than watching UCF, UAB, UNT, and Troy battling it out to be the top mid-major program. It would be a cash cow and a gamblers paradise. Until that happens, give me Cincy so UCF will finally shut up. Cincinnati, +7.5

USC @ UCLA (USC -2.5)

Bobby: While I was initially thinking USC, after thinking about it more, I think I like UCLA. The Bruins have slowly (VERY slowly) been improving, while the Trojans just bombed against Cal last weekend. Chip Kelly gets his a signature win. UCLA, +2.5

Jamison: My brain is telling me to pick USC, but its too much fun to pick against USC. UCLLLLLA had its skid this year, but they are beginning to cover spreads and show some competitiveness. USC and UCLA are both teams with talent, but are not utilizing it this season. I am rolling with UCLA due to them being at home, and USC playing a QB that should be a high schooler, and only knows how to throw to his Mater Dei teammate Amon Ra St. Brown. UCLA, +2.5

Blake: WHY IS THIS GAME ON THE PICK EM SLATE!?! I know this is a week does not have many good college football games, but this matchup is the lowest of the low. The only positive about having to care about this game is I get to watch USC’s continued demise towards college football irrelevancy. Most college football fans whose team was in the position of USC would stick by their team’s side and support the university to ensure a brighter future for their program, but USC is just full of fake fans so they won’t care about the team or do anything for them unless they are winning.

All the USC fans I know cheer for multiple college programs anyways, so they will just move to whichever of their “teams” are doing well at the time. UCLA has real fans, produce stars (Lonzo Ball), and have supported some of the most successful companies in the world (Big Baller Brand). Give me the Bruins. UCLA, +2.5

TCU @ Baylor (BU -2.0)

Bobby: Uhhhh what are you doing Vegas? Have you seen TCU the past few weeks? The Horned Frog dumpster fire has been in full effect for weeks and at this point it will be a tall task just to make a bowl game. Baylor has been playing better this season and needs this one to lock down their bowl eligibility. The Sailor Bear helmet makes this pick even more solid. Bears roll big. Baylor, -2

Jamison: Durdy’s Lock of the Week. I am not picking them due to Blake’s look good, play good, but the Sailor Bear unis are hard to pass up. This is more of a “see TCU, pick against them”. VEGAS, THIS IS THE THIRD WEEK NOW YOU HAVE NEGLECTED TO REALIZE HOW BAD TCU IS. It has been EASY money picking against them. Baylor by double digits easy at home. Baylor, -2

Blake: For the first time in three years, the Revivalry (Editor’s Note: Can we still call it that?) might actually be a good game. The past three years, TCU has blown the barn doors off of Baylor and its sad for me to think that won’t be the case this year.

Before I break down this years matchup, I want to enlighten the readers on why this is a one of the best rivalries in college football that not many people know about. Before 1910, both TCU and Baylor were located in Waco. However, in March of that year, the TCU campus somehow was “accidentally” burned to the ground. As a future lawyer, I do not like to rush to conclusions, but I am a connect the dots type of guy. At the time, Waco was a small town and there was only room for one university. If I had to guess, one school *cough cough Baylor* got jealous of TCU and decided to sabotage it and burn it down. Well, TCU ended up getting the better end of the deal after the city of Fort Worth offered them fifty acres of land to rebuild their campus and has been on those fifty acres ever since.

Fast forward close to a little less of a century later, there were rumors that when the Big 12 was first created that Baylor made it in over TCU because the Governor of Texas was a Baylor graduate and was influential in getting Baylor in as the 12th school in the newly formed Big 12.  TCU fans have since put that behind them as both schools are on an even playing field and over the past few years TCU has been dominant in the series.

For some reason, I have a feeling that this game is going to be wild. These two teams are going in opposite directions. My Frogs are having the worst season ever, while the Bears are exceeding expectations. However, it’s a rivalry game so you gotta throw out the record books because anything can happen. TCU has been a dumpster fire this year and have broken my heart in every way possible, but for some reason I still hold out hope that we can win this game. The Frogs hate the Bears and the Bears hate the Frogs, it is as simple as that. Give ’em hell tomorrow boys and go Frogs. TCU by a million. TCU, +2

#16 Iowa State @ #15 Texas

Bobby: This is going to be an absolute classic that nobody is going to see simply because it’s on the “2005 Rose Bowl Replay” Network. That really grinds my gears. I know Texas needs to do something substantial with its overpriced, useless, bloated network, but depriving the nation of one of the best games of the Big 12 is a prime reason why the Longhorn Network and its titular intitiution is a cancerous cyst on this conference. It damn near killed the conference in 2010 and it only continues to be torn in the side of everyone who is stuck in this stunted disaster of a conference.

Okay, rant over. As for the game, I have no idea what to think of it. Iowa State has been red hot with Brock Purdy at the helm, while Texas has been…less so. The Longhorns have shown life after staving off an upset bid in Lubbock and I assume will show up strong on senior night. However, I’m going with the hot team here in the Cyclones, even though they let me down last week failing to cover for the first time this season by just half a point. Iowa State, +3

Jamison: I like Texas in Austin. Montgomery being out the first half is going to be huge in impacting Iowa State’s offensive flow. Iowa State is going to need to come up big defensively, which is possible, but I believe they will be fighting from a large gap in the second half. It’d be a great game to watch, if Longhorn Network didn’t snag it. Texas, -3

Blake: WHY IS THIS GAME ONLY ON THE LONGHORN NETWORK?!?! The one Texas game that I actually want to watch this year and of course they put in on the network that nobody has. People in Austin aren’t even able to get the Longhorn Network on their TV, while everyone in Montana has it in their cable package and are trying to get rid of it. Just out of spite, I am picking Iowa State because this stupid network has doomed the future for the Big 12 and all they show (if you can get the channel in the first place) is Rose Bowl reruns from the mid-2000s. Iowa State, +3

Texas Tech @ Kansas State (Tech -6.5)

Bobby: Don’t let the Red Raiders 0-3 record in the past three weeks fool you; Tech isn’t a bad team. Those three games have been dogfights and they haven’t even had Alan Bowman in half of them. While Jett Duffy is not a great QB by any means, I expect them to beat this just awful Kansas State team. Texas Tech, -6.5

Jamison: I picked K-state to cover against Kansas last week in a game they nearly lost. That was rough. I hate betting on K-State so much, and its honestly trash I’ve had to pick them every week. Screw it, give me Jett Duffy and -6.5 to roll over the Wildcats. Not a big fan of Tech without Bowman, but they showed some optimism and flash at the end of that Texas game. Texas Tech, -6.5

Blake: Hehehehehe Crowleyman cashing in on his spot-on analysis with how Kansas was going to beat (Ed.: cover against) this K-State team. Predicting Kansas State to lose that game (Ed: not cover) was as easy as predicting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow. When I saw this spread, I immediately burst into tears laughing because Vegas obviously has not learned that the Wildcats cannot beat anyone. Texas Tech could play with five players and still put a fifty burger on this team. The Raiders are my lock of the century in this game because honestly Vegas is just giving people money with this spread. Bet all of West Texas on this game. Texas Tech, -6.5

#9 West Virginia @ Oklahoma State (WVU -5)

Bobby: Look, I fully get the temptation to pick Oklahoma State here. The Cowboys are riding high after a near upset of Oklahoma and West Virginia might be looking ahead to their game next week against those same Sooners; this should be a classic trap game. With that being said, this line is simply too low. The Mountaineers might struggle in this, but they are going to pull this one out by at least a touchdown. West Virginia, -5

Jamison: Yes, I agree there should be some upset talk on this matchup due to the Cowboys’ win against Texas in Stillwater. But, for me, I think its either 80% blowout WVU, or an upset; no in-between. The Mountaineers are hot right now, and that’s what puts them over the top. If they look past this game to OU, that’s where they’d find trouble. West Virginia, -5

Blake: I don’t want to touch this game with a ten-foot pole, but I know I have to because of this column. OSU has been the strangest team this year. At one point I thought they would not make a bowl, but then they beat Texas and were a two-point conversion away from beating OU last week. I have no idea what type of performance this team is going to put up and Russian Roulette is more predictable than betting on this OSU team. I guess I’ll go West Virginia? I do not like this one bit, but I think West Virginia is the better team. West Virginia, -5

Kansas @ #6 Oklahoma (OU -36.5)

Bobby: The best advice I can give to you here: stay far, far away from this. High lines are always hard to figure out with this OU team and considering this is a game where absolutely no injuries can be risked, expect to see the starters pulled early. However, this KU team will be so hapless against the Sooner offense that I still can see a cover. Eh, why not. Oklahoma, -36.5

Jamison: Hate this pick again. It is relying a lot that OU’s defense can step up and hold KU to 10ish-20ish points. In the past, that would be laughable, but our defense has hit a farther rock bottom than we every thought was plausible. I am HOPING OU’s defense will look as they did vs. FAU this game, and hold KU to around 13. OU 52-13. Oklahoma, -36.5

Blake: KANSAS HIRED LES MILES!!! (Ed.: Allegedly) This is awesome for the Big 12 and the only thing that could make this better is if somehow Tech brought back Mike Leach. Kansas might become a unit in the conference, which is scary to think about. I think the Jayhawks will be fired up by the fact that they have for the first time an actual coach that understands football. Even though he won’t be coaching this season, I think the Jayhawks will be excited to show their new coach what they got (or don’t got) when OU routes them this weekend. I think this excitement will get them the cover. Kansas, +36.5

The Schooner Pod: Week 12

After last week’s defensive debacle against Oklahoma State, Bobby and Jamison look at how to fix the unit, the standout Oklahoma performers in the win, take a look at the latest College Football Playoff rankings, examine a wild recruiting weekend in Norman, pick the Week 12 slate and look into Oklahoma basketball’s 2-0 start.

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Game Week: Kansas

It’s Kansas on Senior Night in Norman. While the Jayhawks have improved this season, they are still just an awful football team. I know things have been shaky after the Tech and OSU debacles, but this Kansas team is going to be athletically and schematically overwhelmed. If the Sooners can’t blow out this team, they don’t deserve to be the Playoff, simple as that. The game is important in the sense that OU needs to win big and stay healthy going into next week’s showdown in Morgantown.

Meet the Jayhawks:

Things are looking up in Lawrence. After an embarrassing home loss to Nichols to open the season, the Jayhawks picked up two big non-conference wins against Central Michigan and Rutgers, as well as a rare conference win against the dumpster fire TCU Horned Frogs. While Kansas has improved, they did just fire head coach David Beaty, who is finishing out the season with the team.

Who to Watch For:

RB Pooka Williams Jr.

A few off-seasons ago, Kansas had a bizarre stretch where they established a legit recruiting pipeline to Louisiana, grabbing several four stars en route to a temporary #1 ranking in the Big 12. While it naturally fell apart, probably when the recruits remembered “oh yeah, they’ve gone 2-22 in the past two seasons”, there were a few stragglers.

That star of those stragglers is true freshman tailback Pooka Williams Jr., who has quietly become one of the best backs in the Big 12. Williams is a versatile back who can catch out of the backfield. He is young and doesn’t have much help, but after seeing what OSU’s Chubba Hubbard did against the Sooners on Saturday, you can see why this guy can be dangerous.

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Series History: 75-17-6 (Oklahoma)

The Jayhawks have only beaten the Sooners six times since 1965 and twice since the Big Eight became the Big 12. While it’s a pretty unremarkable football history, I hold an enormous distain for the Jayhawks due to the basketball history.

Growing up a massive OU basketball fan in the days of Hollis Price, Kelvin Sampson and Tog Dawg, my early days were spent with the Sooners perennially in the Final Four hunt. And who was the biggest hurdle annually, but the Kansas Jayhawks.

I despised KU. My Dad truly taught how to hate the Jayhawks from an early age, telling me tales of how Danny Manning and the 1988 team robbed the Sooners of a national title, something I’m still convinced of. One of my favorite early sports memories was watching Bucknell knock off Kansas in the first round of an NCAA Tournament in the Ford Center. Hell, I even didn’t like Nick Collison for awhile when he got to the Oklahoma City Thunder purely on the grounds of him being a Jayhawk. Kansas always seems to pop up and antagonize me, from them spoiling an all-time classic Buddy Hield game in 2016, to almost killing me with free beer and chilly temperatures last season. I’ll always harbor a grudge against them, no matter how little sense it makes.

Saturday is my last Dad’s Day as a student and I’m already excited to spend it with my dad, irrationally hating on a team for a sport that isn’t even being played.