Cloudy Crystal Ball: Game 11

Thomas bounces back and still no Shepard against Kansas

Each week of the college football season brings its own set of crazy predictions. Some are out of this world. Some are just lazy and will definitely be achieved. We at Sooners Illustrated have our own set of weekly predictions. See what appears as we gaze into our cloudy crystal ball for Oklahoma’s Game 11 matchup against Kansas.

Sterling Shepard joins Trevor Knight on the sideline for another week . . . Oklahoma’s game plan shouldn’t change too much against Kansas. Like the Sooners did against Texas Tech: Run the ball and move on to the next week with a victory. They don’t need Shepard to do that. Of course, if there is no risk of injury, then Shepard will play, but groins can be tricky. They tend to heal slowly, so why not give the Biletnikoff semifinalist another week (or two) to rest up before Bedlam?

Quarterback Cody Thomas bounces from his poor first career start and throws for just under 200 yards in a simplified game plan but doesn’t turn it over . . . Thomas is a baseball player. Baseball is a game of failure. With his history in that sport and his general make-up, it’s easy to see how he’d be able to put such an abysmal, first-half performance behind him. Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel wanted to get Thomas involved early against Texas Tech. He probably won’t WANT TO again, but Thomas will find his own way into the game – throwing for around 180 and rushing for 40.

Oklahoma doesn’t allow 300 yards in the air . . . Say what you will be this isn’t as absurdly easy as you think. Kansas is coming off its first 300-yard performance in two years but has been ever-improving under interim – and should be permanent – coach Clint Bowen. Oklahoma has allowed more than 300 passing yards to any offense with a pulse outside of Kansas State. The Sooners should be ahead, but Kansas still won’t get there. Instead, Oklahoma puts up four sacks to match its best performance in Big 12 play.

What are your predictions?

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