Oklahoma vs Kansas College Football Predictions, College Football Odds & College Football Picks: The Oklahoma Sooners are in Lawrence, Kansas this weekend to take the No. 25 Jayhawks. Both teams are looking to bounce back from losses to division foes as Kansas fell at Colorado and Oklahoma lost to Texas at the Cotton Bowl. Kickoff is set for 3:30pm ET at Memorial Stadium; the game will be televised live on ABC. College Football Predictions at Sportsbetting.com have the Sooners listed as a -8 against the spread road favorite.
The Sooners fell to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in Big 12 action last weekend, losing the Red River Rivalry game by a score of 13-16. Oklahoma had more yardage than did the Longhorns but, unfortunately for Bob Stoops and company, they also had more turnovers. The Sooners five turnovers, their inability to run the ball (-16 rush yards on the day), and quarterback Sam Bradford re-injuring his shoulder in the first few minutes of play all led to another disappointing loss.
Bradford announced that he will undergo season ending surgery earleir this week, thus, most likely, ending his college career. Technically, the Heisman winner still has a year of eligibility left as he is a redshirt junior. Regardless, he will not be playing against Kansas this weekend or against anyone else this year.
Despite the loss to Texas, Oklahoma's defense played brilliantly. The Sooners held the Longhorns to a meager 269 yards in 34:32 and allowed them to convert just five of their 19 third down opportunities. The unit ranks fifth in the nation in yards per play allowed at 3.9.
Kansas suffered a huge setback and put a ding in their Big 12 North title hopes last Saturday, losing 30-34 at Colorado. The Buffaloes led most of the game but the Jayhawks mounted a furious second half comeback and actually took a 30-27 lead in the fourth quarter (trailed 10-27 early in the third). However, they were unable to hold the three point advantage and fell to 5-1 overall and 1-1 in conference play as a result.
Quarterback Todd Reesing did everything he could to get his team a win, completing 31-of-50 passes for 401 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Reesing connected with the dynamic receiving duo of Dezmon Briscoe and Kerry Meier 19 times for 257 yards and two scores.
Kansas' offense is without question one of the best in the country, posting averages of 38.8 points and 502.3 yards per game, but they have not faced a defense the calibur of Oklahoma's yet. However, if the Jayhawks offensive line can keep Oklahoma's pass rush off Reesing, Mark Mangino's squad will have a definite chance to win this game. They did post 31 points and 357 yards against the Sooners last year in Norman, but five sacks kept them from getting into a full offensive rhythm.
Oklahoma Sooners -8 (-105), Over 56 (-110), -290 (Moneyline)
Kansas Jayhawks +8 (-105), Under 56 (-110), +245 (Moneyline)
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