The no. 4 Oklahoma Sooners hope to avoid a massive slip up when they visit the Kansas Jayhawks. Kickoff is set for 3:30 EST on Saturday, November 18 at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
Oklahoma is listed as a 36.5-point favorite on the road. The game has an over/under of 70.5 points. Click here for a full list of Week 12 betting odds and links to game previews.
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The Sooners have overcome a loss to Iowa State earlier this season and climbed into the top-4 of the College Football Playoff rankings. They are now on track to play in the Big 12 title game and return to the 4-team playoff.
However, the job is not done yet. If Oklahoma suffers a second loss, they will surely be knocked out of contention for a playoff spot. Even a lackluster performance against a team like Kansas could hurt them with two or three teams right behind them ready to pounce if they slip up.
Kansas, meanwhile, is hoping to avoid going winless in the Big 12 this year. The Jayhawks are 1-9 overall, with their only win coming the first week of the season against Southeast Missouri State, an FCS team. It’s been another long season in Lawrence, and seeing Oklahoma at this stage isn’t exactly a welcome sight. The Sooners have won 12 straight games against Kansas.
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It’s always tough to call these kinds of games. Obviously, Oklahoma is virtually guaranteed to win, but it’s never easy to cover 36.5 points against any team. That being said, I’m actually a little surprised the spread wasn’t 40 points or more. I’ll trust that the Sooners won’t overlook Kansas and will ultimately cover the spread with great ease.
To be fair, the Sooners have rarely won in blowout fashion this season. In their six Big 12 wins, four have come by 10 points or less. Oklahoma’s biggest margin of victory inside the conference this season is 22 points against Texas Tech. But it’s important to keep in mind that Kansas is much worse than every other Big 12 team.
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At times this season, the Kansas offense has shown signs of life. Sophomore quarterback Carter Stanley has looked good at times since taking over as the starter a few weeks ago. But he’s still inexperienced and turnover prone. Stanley threw three picks against Texas last week, which is a bad sign heading into a game with Oklahoma.
To be fair, the Oklahoma defense has been a bit of a disappointment this season. But the Sooners still have superior athletes to Kansas on that side of the ball. That should be enough to bother Stanley and force him into mistakes.
On the other side of the ball, the Kansas defense is not so reliable. They’ve giving up 42 points per game, and every FBS team the Jayhawks have played this year has scored at least 30 points. That includes a couple MAC teams. On seven occasions, Kansas has given up 40 or more points, and the chances of Oklahoma’s offense not scoring at least that many points are slim.
Even if the Sooners play their worst game of the season, they’re likely to win by at least three or four touchdowns. I’ll bet that they come out sharp and try to put Kansas away in the first half. I’ll take my chances with the Sooners being able to cover.