Week 8 - Oklahoma at Kansas

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Week 8 Fearless Prediction & Preview - Oklahoma at Kansas

- TCU at Oklahoma State | Texas Tech at West Virginia
- Oklahoma at Kansas | Iowa State at Baylor

Oklahoma (5-1) at Kansas (2-3) Oct. 19 3:30, ESPN

Why You Should Give A Hoot: Really, Oklahoma? Everything was there for the taking, including a goofy Texas team that can't get out of its own way, and you come up with a clunker like that? There were signs, though, that something bad was brewing with a struggle to get by TCU and a dead offensive performance against West Virginia, but still, the Red River Rivalry loss was a problem. Fortunately, Texas is still flaky and will probably get tagged a few times in Big 12 play, and if the Sooners can win out, they'll almost certainly end up in the Fiesta Bowl. First, they need to take advantage of the free space game against a Kansas team that's experienced, but isn't producing. The Jayhawks haven't broken 17 points against any FBS team, and with Baylor, Texas and Oklahoma State up next, they need to find some offensive pop in a big hurry.

Why Oklahoma Might Win: Just score, baby. Kansas hung up 31 on South Dakota to start the season, and it hasn't been able to put big points on the board ever since. The O has improved since last year, at least through the air, but there still aren't any big-time playmakers who can help out Jake Heaps and stretch the field. KU is absolutely miserable on third downs, mostly because the running game isn't setting up manageable second and third downs. OU's run defense won't give up a thing.

Why Kansas Might Win: As the world saw last week, get the slightest bit of pressure on Blake Bell and really bad things happen. The Kansas defense hasn't been all that bad so far, mainly because the front line has been excellent at getting into the backfield. The line is generating tackles for loss on a regular basis, and the sacks have been coming, getting three in every game except for the blowout loss to Texas Tech. The OU line has been excellent for the most part this year, but KU will bring the heat from all sides led by …

Who To Watch Out For: Linebacker Ben Heeney. The junior leads the team with 43 stops and has been the team's best playmaker in the backfield, but he left the TCU game hurt and is questionable with a leg injury. If he's out, the linebacking corps gets really thin, really fast. Six of the team's top seven tacklers are defensive backs – Heeney being the seventh – and Jake Love and Ben Goodman will have to handle the OU ground game.

What Will Happen: Oklahoma has won nine in a row in the series, mostly in blowout fashion, and after the dead performance against Texas, everything will be clicking with an intensity that seemed to be missing last week.

Prediction: Oklahoma 41 … Kansas 10
Line: Oklahoma -23.5 o/u: 48
Must See Rating: (5 Bad Grandpa – 1 Vanilla Ice Goes Amish) … 2
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