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Biggest question - - Can the Sooners keep the momentum going?
The last two weeks couldn’t have been better for Oklahoma. The ground game is clicking. Baker Mayfield and the passing attack is motoring along – although not dominating the statistical categories.
And the defense has been stellar, with seven interceptions and 10 sacks in the last two game. The Sooners rank in the top 15 in sacks and pass defense.
All they have to do against Kansas is make sure the wheels don’t come off.
An educated guess: The Sooners have another dominating performance on the ground. Oklahoma’s 405 rushing yards last week against Texas Tech was the best performance of the season and the best since last year’s game against Kansas.
The Sooners don’t have the same production on the ground this week as last week, though.
Instead, it’s a balanced attack as Oklahoma passes and rushes for more than 300 yards each and six different players find the end zone.
Player to watch
Going with Charles Tapper this week. The senior has become a team leader and team-first guy, but there were signs there vs. Texas Tech of that potential starting to break on through once again. Tapper had a nice game vs. the Red Raiders and continues leading the defensive line up front to another quality outing in Lawrence.
Hite – Nothing slows Oklahoma early as the Sooners score on four of its first six drives. By halftime, Mayfield is ready to come out of the game. A touchdown midway through the third quarter puts Oklahoma up by five touchdowns. Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon each go over 100 yards on the ground. Durron Neal has 100 yards before the first half. Oklahoma makes it easy in the fourth quarter, 61-13.
Przybylo - The score here is tough to predict because will OU call off the dogs and take it easy? If OU comes out firing on all cylinders, you could see another 30-point first half, which could lead to a rather pedestrian second half. As is, Sooners do what is needed in this one and cruise to a, oh, let's say 52-10 victory.