The Oklahoma Sooners look like the class of the Big 12 Conference again this season, but they still have some work to do. The Sooners will be in Kansas this weekend for a week six showdown against the improving Kansas Jayhawks. Even though Kansas has been one of the worst teams in the country of late, they have started to show some signs of life in 2019.
Oklahoma comes into this game with a perfect 4-0 record and is currently ranked No. 6 in the country. The Sooners have been blowing teams out like crazy, and their starters rarely have to play after halftime. Kansas is just 2-3 on the season, but they look like a much better team than a season ago. The Jayhawks had a nice 48-24 road win over Boston College earlier this season. Oklahoma is a 32-point favorite over Kansas in this game.
Oklahoma Offense Is Unstoppable
The Oklahoma Sooners are averaging 55.5 points per game this season, and they can score points in the blink of an eye. Quarterback Jalen Hurts is putting up huge numbers in his first season in Oklahoma and just might win the Heisman Trophy. The Sooners are averaging 375.0 passing and 293.5 rushing yards per game, which are both top-10 marks in the country.
Oklahoma needed to be much better on defense this season, and so far, so good. The Sooners are allowing less than 20 points per game on the young season, and that will get the job done. Oklahoma has just 10 sacks so far this season, and they are going to have to figure out a way to get some more pressure on the quarterback in this game.
Kansas Defense Needs to Regroup
Kansas began the season by playing great on the defensive side of the football, but things have changed a bit since the start of Big 12 Conference play. The Jayhawks gave up a whopping 51 points to TCU a week ago and have now given up close to 30 points per game. Kansas will be facing an explosive offense in this game, and this one could get out of hand in a hurry if the Jayhawks aren’t careful.
Head coach Les Miles has brought in a new offensive scheme this season, and it has led to more points for the Jayhawks. Kansas is averaging just 23 points per game this season, but they have a very balanced offensive attack. The Jayhawks will definitely try to run the ball a ton in this game in an effort to keep the Sooners offense off of the field. Running back Khalil Herbert led the team with 384 rushing yards but withdrew from the team this week, leaving the Jayhawks scurrying to make up for his production. Look for Pooka Williams Jr. and Velton Gardner to split carries in this one.
Jayhawks Cover But Still Get Routed
The Sooners are massive favorites in this game, and there is good reason for that. Kansas has looked much better this season under Miles, but they still have plenty of things to improve. Oklahoma has an absolutely explosive offense, and its defense has been much improved as well. There is no way that the Sooners lose this game, but look for Kansas to keep this one closer than most expect. Take the +32.0 points and bet on the Kansas Jayhawks in this game.