Oklahoma Travels To Kansas Saturday

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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No. 18 Oklahoma (5-2, 2-1 Big 12) at Kansas (2-3, 0-2), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: Oklahoma by 23 1/2 .

Series Record: Oklahoma leads 70-27-6.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

The Sooners are trying to bounce back from their Red River rout at the hands of rival Texas, while the Jayhawks are still trying to end a 23-game Big 12 losing streak. The Sooners have won 14 straight in games played after the Longhorns, including a 6-0 mark against Kansas.

KEY MATCHUP

Oklahoma QB Blake Bell vs. the Kansas defense. Bell, who grew up in Wichita, Kan., has proven he's more than just a short-yardage runner over the last few weeks. He's completing 64.6 percent of his passes for 968 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions. He'll be facing a pass defense in the Jayhawks that has struggled against air-based teams such as Texas Tech.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Oklahoma: LB Dominique Alexander took over last week for Corey Nelson, who had season-ending surgery to repair a torn left pectoral muscle, and filled in admirably. The freshman linebacker had 19 tackles against the Longhorns, the most by an Oklahoma player since Travis Lewis also had 19 stops in the 2008 version of the Red River Rivalry. Alexander will be facing a Kansas offense that is predicated on running the ball behind James Sims and Darrian Miller.

Kansas: QB Jake Heaps has struggled to move the Jayhawks' offense all season. The former BYU starter is completing just 52.6percent of his throws and only once has thrown for more than 200 yards in a game this season. Kansas coach Charlie Weis took the air out of the ball last week against TCU in an attempt to cut down on turnovers, but the result was that Heaps threw for just 152 yards.

FACTS & FIGURES

Oklahoma has won eight straight in the series since the Jayhawks won three in a row in the mid-1990s. ... The Sooners are 35-2 under coach Bob Stoops when they don't commit a turnover. They are plus-12 during their eight-game win streak against Kansas. ... Stoops is four wins from passing Barry Switzer (190) as Oklahoma's career leader in wins. ... Oklahoma is second in Big 12 in rushing at 226.7 yards per game. ... The Jayhawks have intercepted a pass in five straight games. The last time they did it in six straight was 2002. ... . Kansas is allowing 222.2 yards passing per game, 67 fewer than last season. ... Jayhawks LB Ben Heeney played on two state title teams at Hutchinson (Kan.) High School with Oklahoma DE Geneo Grissom. ... Oklahoma QB Blake Bell is cousins with Kansas LB Beau Bell. Both played at Bishop Carroll High School in Wichita, Kan.


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