The Sooners are coming off a monster win against the Longhorns last week in Dallas, and will be hosting the last place Kansas Jayhawks. I’ve seen some chatter that this could be a trap game for the Sooners. My response to that? Stop it.
I understand why one would call it a possible trap, it happens a lot in college football: the team plays soft against a weaker opponent after a huge win. If it was another team, I may agree with the possibility. But its Kansas. And this is football.
Kansas is an improved team this year, yes they are 1-5 with their only win coming in week 1. But little by little, things are looking up. Their defensive line has been playing well, last week holding Oklahoma State’s Joseph Randle to around 80 yards, where he has been averaging 300 per game. They were in a 20-point hole and pulled QB Dayne Crist in favor for Michael Cummings, who brought the Jayhawks in winning range.
Head coach Charlie Weis announced he will be running a 2-QB system on Saturday and mentioned he had some new trick plays that he has been working on. He wants to also try and run those on Saturday. So 2 quarterbacks and some trick plays? I’m not sure the Sooners defense is the team to try this out against, but Weis has coached so many places he has to know what he is doing, right????
A bright spot for the Jayhawks is that they have a decent running game. Running back James Sims is averaging 100+ yards a game so far. The defense has also forced 14 turnovers, which Oklahoma has been spotty at committing them. If Kansas wants to stay in this game for a bit, they need to force as many as they can and actually produce from it.
Sooners head coach Bob Stoops is 18-1 in the month of October. They have a huge top 10 game next week against Notre Dame, so the key is to keep the team focused and healthy against the Jayhawks. Once again, get the running game going early and test out some of the younger receivers.
I am predicting this wont be the trap game some are saying, but I also said Texas Tech wasn’t going to be a trap for West Virginia. So there’s that. I think the Sooners walk away with the win, 41-7.