5 Reasons Why Kansas Could Defeat Oklahoma This Season
Yes, it seems unlikely. With Mark Mangino at the helm Kansas has never beaten the Sooners, but when programs are on the rise anything can happen. Here are five reasons why I think Kansas could subdue OU this year...finally!
KU's offense is better than OU's defense. Yes. I can say that with a straight face. OU struggled greatly last year on the defensive side of the ball and they return nine starters from that team. At safety, 2 new players who remain questions will be making appearances. With the offensive weapons Kansas has, they could really pick OU apart. And even though Kansas has questions of its own on defense--especially facing the potent OU offensive machine--this could turn out to be a high-scoring affair in which both of these teams trade touchdowns. If Kansas can keep pace they can stay in the game, even if we are heavily disadvantaged against Bradford on one side of the ball.
Special teams play could favor KU. OU freshman Tress Way averaged 37 yards per punt in the spring game, and Dezmon Briscoe may share duties in returning punts this year. A game in which Kansas enjoys good field position could make the job for the offense very easy and open up the playbook for offensive coordinator Ed Warriner.
Timing might be everything. The week before OU plays Kansas they get Texas. If OU wins that game it may be a case of a letdown against Kansas. If OU loses, their confidence may be shaken. Either way, Kansas could take advantage of brimming confidence as they could conceivably be 6-0 heading into the matchup with the Sooners.
The game is at home this year. Kansas will be in the friendly confines of Memorial Stadium. Last year we played OU close on their turf. Maybe a change of venue helps to push the Jayhawks over the hump. I can already picture fans waving the wheat...
The destiny factor is in our favor. All streaks come to an end. OU has had our number for quite a while, but at various intersections in history the unthinkable happens. Just ask Boise State who defeated Bob Stoops' crew a few short years ago whether or not underdogs can stay in the fight. Kansas has a seasoned veteran squad boasting senior leadership and winning experience on its side. The mentality going into the game will not be one of defeatism. As players you live for these moments in sports to prove yourself. This may just be the year the Jayhawks knock some chips off Sooners' shoulders.
Smart money is still on Oklahoma, but it wouldn't be an upset of epic proportions if Kansas manages a win.