Todd Reesing takes a 17-2 record into Norman and is likely to take a 17-3 record out of Norman, but don't look for one of those blowouts Kansas used to suffer at the hands of Big 12 powerhouses.
Blowouts tend to occur when an overmatched team starts turning the ball over. Reesing takes care of the football. In those 19 starts, Reesing has thrown 48 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 685 passes.
"You always want a quarterback that does that," Mangino said of Reesing's ability to keep possession. "Turnover margin is crucial in the success of your team. If you look at the top of the conference most years, the top two or three teams in tunrover margins are usually your best football teams. That means your defense is getting takeaways, you're offense is taking care of the football. To be successful, you have to take care of the football. You have to."
The true test of how far KU has advanced as an overall program will come once Reesing is gone, when the 2010 season arrives. Meanwhile, Kansas fans get to enjoy watching the nation's most entertaining quarterback.
Oklahoma 45, Kansas 30: The Jayhawks prove here they have the offense to score on any team, but having the defense to slow down the Sooners' passing game is another story.
Missouri 41, Texas 38: Cannibalism is the purest sign of a great conference. Missouri lost in an upset last week and Texas won in a mini one, so the tables turn this week.
Colorado 35, Kansas State 31: We'll find out what happens when a bad offense, Colorado's, meets a bad defense.
Nebraska 38, Iowa State 28: Bo Pelini hasn't instilled a strong defense yet, but Iowa State has not yet established a consistent running game or passing game.
Michigan State 24, Ohio State 23: Mark Dantonio, well-liked former KU assistant coach, scores an upset.
Virginia Tech 20, Boston College 17:The Hokies aren't as good as the same team that lost to Kansas in the Orange Bowl last year, but they still play rough enough defense to defy the oddsmakers in this one.
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