Oklahoma looks to bounce back against Kansas
Following a 36-20 loss to the rival Texas Longhorns, the Oklahoma Sooners take to the road to face the Kansas Jayhawks, in a bid to get their season back on track.
The Sooners, who were favored to beat the Longhorns by 14 points, came up way short in what would have been their 4th consecutive win against their hated rival. With any national title hopes all but dashed, the Sooners still remain strong contenders for the Big 12 crown.
Running game: Oklahoma actually has more rushing attempts than they do passing attempts. Given the inconsistency at quarterback, the run game has been a saving grace. It really is no secret that going away from the running game played a huge factor in the Sooners' loss to Texas. We can expect to see them try and get it going against Kansas.
Blake Bell: The Wichita native returns home, and will be looking to reignite a flame in the passing game. He capped off his first start with a record-setting 413 passing yards against Tulsa, and followed it up with a solid effort for an encore on the road against Notre Dame. TCU’s highly rated secondary managed to slow him down, before Bell completely fell apart against Texas. It will be interesting to see if he's used as a run/pass threat like most of the QBs nationwide with a similar skill-set.
Defense: The injury bug has struck Oklahoma once again, this time claiming Jordan Phillips and Corey Nelson; who were both key in helping lead the Sooners to a 4-0 start. Their absence was not without notice, and it remains to be seen who steps up to become the identity on the defensive unit.
Jake Heaps: A highly rated signal caller from the state of Washington, Heaps started his career off at BYU before transferring to Kansas. Oklahoma will, by far, be the biggest game of his career. His chance to announce himself to the nation is at hand.
Worth noting: Under Bob Stoops, Oklahoma is 14-0 in games following the Red River Rivalry; six of those wins have come against Kansas, including a 52-7 drubbing last year in Norman.