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Kansas (3-7, 1-6) at No. 21 OU (7-3, 4-3)
When: 11 a.m. CST
OU’s biggest question going into the game
Will the secondary start to figure out its issues? You could combo this question with will the communication start to improve with the defense because they really go hand-in-hand. The bad communication has led to the blown coverages.
Last week was another glaring example of sometimes OU having 10 guys do everything right but one guy not and everything blowing up for the defense. It’s crazy to think that in game 11 this is still a huge problem, but it lingers and hasn’t really shown any signs of going away.
Everybody needs to be on the same page and should get the chance to fix the issues against the Jayhawks. But we’ve said that before only to see OU torched through the air.
Cody Thomas making his first start at home should help him with any nerves, and the offense should score. The game will obviously be a whole lot easier if the defensive communication gets to where it needs to be.
Kansas’ biggest question going into the game
Do the Jayhawks have anything left for the Sooners? There is always that one game where an incredibly struggling team puts it all together and gives the top team a run for its money. You just never know when it’s going to happen.
It was Iowa State against Oklahoma State in 2011. It was TCU last year against Baylor. And it was KU against TCU last week. In one of the more entertaining games of the season, the Jayhawks upset bid was thwarted 34-30.
Clint Bowen has done a fantastic job as interim coach, including leading the team to the win against the Cyclones. But a week removed from laying it all out there against the Frogs, physically and mentally, how much will KU have in the tank?
“Yeah, it’s different. I am surprised. Usually they are a little bit better at spreading it out evenly, or somewhat. I don’t know that everything can be totally even. You sure wouldn’t expect to get as many as we have had one. One team, to play always at night or always play in the morning, that’s a little different. I’m sure Joe Castiglione would talk to the powers that be that decide all of that. It needs to be a little more balanced I think.” - OU coach Bob Stoops on the 11 a.m. home kickoffs
Sticking with the secondary but going to the other spot at cornerback with freshman Jordan Thomas. It looks like he’s going to be the guy for these final two games. First impressions don’t mean too much, but he was ready last week and played really well in his first start. He’ll start to look even more comfortable against the Jayhawks in this one.
OU 48, KU 17. The toughest part was getting over the Baylor hangover, this should be the game where the Sooners start to forge what could be their identity in 2015. Led by the stellar running game, that includes Cody Thomas, OU rushes for 300 yards and four touchdown and puts this one to bed early.