Kansas football has only been favored once so far this season, and that was in game No. 1. Now, the Jayhawks are a huge underdog against Oklahoma.
Kansas football looked better last week. They were not good by any means, but there were some flashes on the offensive side of the ball. The problem is that the Jayhawks have to hit the road this week to take on a tough opponent: the No. 19 Oklahoma Sooners.
While it’s certainly a fact that Oklahoma hasn’t been as good this season with losses to Kansas State and Iowa State, that doesn’t mean the Sooners are a bad football team. Oddsmakers seem to agree, setting the spread for the Kansas-Oklahoma game at 37 points.
That’s a ridiculous amount of points for two FBS-level Power Five teams, and it’s legitimately disrespectful. On the other hand, Kansas football has totally earned it. There’s a very real chance that the Jayhawks go 0-10 this season, while Oklahoma could easily find their way back into the top 10 by the end of the year.
The Sooners are also coming off of a solid win over Texas Tech, hanging 62 on the Red Raiders in a blowout. Spencer Rattler also looked better, throwing for 288 yards and two touchdowns while completing 70 percent of his passes in the game.
It’s evident that the Kansas defense will have their hands full against the high-power Oklahoma offense this Saturday, and it looks like the Jayhawks will be without linebacker Dru Prox. It seems that Prox will be opting out for the rest of the season per Les Miles. That leaves Gavin Potter and Nick Channel to pick up the slack.
Generating some kind of pass rush and making Rattler uncomfortable will be Kansas football’s best bet to try and keep the OU offense contained.
That 37-point spread has to be one of the biggest for a game between two Power-Five teams this season, so let’s hope the Jayhawks can keep it close. The game is scheduled for this Saturday in Norman with the kickoff at 2:30 pm (CST) on ESPN2.