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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Jayhawks look to take advantage of primetime matchup with Sooners

Kansas linebacker Joe Dineen Jr. (29) celebrates a stop before Kansas State quarterback Alex Delton (5) during the second quarter on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan.

Kansas linebacker Joe Dineen Jr. (29) celebrates a stop before Kansas State quarterback Alex Delton (5) during the second quarter on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan.

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Kansas senior linebacker Joe Dineen Jr. has experienced his fair share of early kickoffs in his career.

That’s why Dineen is looking forward to playing one of his last games as a Jayhawk in front of a national audience. KU (3-7, 1-6 Big 12) is slated to take on No. 6 Oklahoma (9-1, 6-1) at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in a road conference clash that will be broadcast on Fox.

“When you sign up to play Division I football, you sign up to play under the lights in big-time stadiums,” Dineen said. “I’m really excited that (this is) one of the last opportunities I get to play, and in a stadium like Oklahoma. I’m really excited, and it is going to be a great opportunity.”

Despite the later start, the Jayhawks don’t plan to change their game day routine up this weekend.

“It is not too different, just makes it a longer day,” running back Khalil Herbert said. “It is the same preparation as any other day. Night time reminds me of high school, so it is fun.”

KU’s main mission is to do better than last year’s showing on the national stage.

The only time Kansas played a nationally televised game in the evening last year was when the team suffered a 43-0 loss to TCU. In that game, KU’s offense managed to record just 21 total yards on 49 plays, including 17 on the team’s final drive.

During the halftime broadcast, former USC quarterback Matt Leinart was asked to talk about KU and just dropped his head into his hands and started to laugh.

None by We good?

It is something that is still on the Jayhawks’ minds as they enter their first primetime game since then.

“We've got some atoning to do for that,” head coach David Beaty said. “We need to go out there and play well. We need to make sure that we go out there and do the things that we need to do to go win the game.”

If Kansas can avenge last year’s showing in the primetime slot, it would be a significant way for the seniors to close out their final road tilt.

It could also have a huge impact on the future of the program for KU’s next head coach.

“For the guys that are going to be here, it's going to help them get new buddies that are going to be good players,” Beaty said. “So we need to get this thing done for the future of the guys that are on this team that are still going to be here.”

Comments

Chris DeWeese 9 months, 1 week ago

"We need to go out there and play well. We need to make sure that we go out there and do the things that we need to do to go win the game." I'm so sick of hearing this.

Steven Haag 9 months, 1 week ago

Chris, sometimes.....not very often, but sometimes we do go out there and execute. Perhaps....I’m just throwing this out there, perhaps the Oklahoma’s, Texas, TCU(last year), West Virginia, etc just have SUPERIOR talent. Maybe. We don’t have the quarterbacks that they do, as well as other positions. These kids....yes KIDS do play their hearts out. They don’t wake up on Saturday and say, “Hey, let’s go lose today by 40+ points. Many of us are just as sick of hearing you all whine continually.

Kevin Robert Fest 9 months, 1 week ago

G Steven lm glad you think you are the last word on everything. People are sick not only losing but the complete ineptitude of this program for years by the administration and coaches. 21 total yards last year against TCU, multiple blowouts year after year. You try to defend the indefensible by saying people whine about this program. You could defend a pile of c. Oh but it's a nice pile of c, its trying hard to get better. Don't complain it does no good according to you. Who made you the last word on anything? You're the kind of person that awards all participants with kind words and a medal. I'm glad you are glass half full guy but don't complain when people complain. It's their right especially at this point. Complaining now is like beating a dead horse, but so is watching the beating for the last 9 years.

Chris DeWeese 9 months, 1 week ago

My comments were directed at the coach, not the players. I'll continue to voice my opinion for as long as I like. There was nothing irrational or inappropriate about it. I love KU, my alma mater. I want to see it be successful, not tarnished. Beaty's words ring hollow, and his Pollyanna attitude is what's inappropriate.

Robert Brock 9 months, 1 week ago

Oklahoma’s defense is PATHETIC! Can KU put up some points?

9 months, 1 week ago

Jesus. Nice headline- we haven't seen that one before in the last 4 years [eye roll].
How about we use a REALISTIC headline, something truthful like: "David Beaty attempts to not completely embarrass his employer, the brand, the students, and the alumni again on national television" ? Lost cause, this will be ugly. Only chance for us is that it is a trap game for OU with WVA due up next for them. Lincoln Riley will likely tell his guys to lay it on thick in the first half so they can rest up the 2nd half. No worries, their 2nd and 3rd string guys will continue to man-handle our starters, especially when we keep Bender in all game. Beaty should stay in the locker room with Bender, let Hull coach, and guaranteed this game would be more compelling. Oh well, the circus is about to end, almost...sad. #RCJH

Steven Haag 9 months, 1 week ago

Robert, Oklahoma has a terrible defense, I agree. We have enough talent to put up some points....but as we have all come to know..our HC/OC doesn’t quite know how to make it all click. I really think Lincoln Riley will be somewhat gracious. Look for their 2nd team and a soft coverage to ensue late 2nd quarter or 3rd quarter. He will let us score a few points.

Randy Bombardier 9 months, 1 week ago

We should play loose that's for sure. I'd jump.every route. Speaking of jumping I'd like to see our dline get their hands up if they can't get penetration. Let Wise drop back in the flat and send Joe in the gap. Let Pooka run the option. Let Pooka pass. Try everything. Let them call their own plays in the huddle, sure to be an improvement.

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