1. One Can't Grieve Forever- My former broadcast partner in WWE, Jerry 'The King' Lawler, used to espouse this to me on the air when one of the 'heroes' got waylaid by a 'rasslin villain. Same applies here. Getting embarrassed by the Steers last week in Dallas is history. How focused will OU be Saturday from the get go? Remember, one can't grieve forever.
2. Offensive Game Plan- More talked about topic this week in Soonerland than the U.S. Government going back to work. Coaches strive for offensive balance, which is logical. Without question, running the ball creates unique opportunities. However, a team that has a 6'6"-255 pound QB who is not a true, pocket passer might be well served to allow him to run the ball more and to throw from outside the pocket.
3. Gas Up the Ford- Most can see that Keith Ford is special. Ford runs Ford Tough IE aggressively, which would seem to be offensively infectious. Ford with Clay and Williams, along with a splash of Finch sounds like some nicely seasoned ground beef to me.
4. Jalen, Sterling & Company- The Sooner receivers want to become more productive and I think that they will. They are well coached and have talent. Nonetheless, playmakers must find ways to make plays. Someone has to emerge as OU's "go to guy" come Saturday. If one of these players gets hot, feed them the ball.
5. Here They Come Again!- Why wouldn't KU attempt to run the ball down the Sooners' throat in this Big 12 contest? HBC Weiss is too smart to deviate from what has worked well for others. Just as was written here last week, the team that runs the ball with the most success on Saturday wins the game.
6. Tasty Turnovers- Sooners could use some timely turnovers in Lawrence Saturday. The Sooners are past due in this facet of the game. Texas created turnovers in the Cotton Bowl and it electrified their bench while energizing their team.
7. Michael Hunnicutt- One of the Sooners' unsung heroes of this 5-1 season. This OU Captain has been invaluable and his strong right leg will inevitably bail out Oklahoma before this season concludes. Let's just hope that it's not Saturday and I don't think that it will but Sooner fans should appreciate their near perfect place kicker.
What has KU got to lose in this game? Nothing. The Jayhawks are playing at home, are not in the Big 12 Title hunt and they have seen what has been effective against OU. They've had a coaching shakeup in the past week within their staff so who knows how that will affect the Kansas players? If OU gets off to a good start, the Sooners roll but this game could be 'bowling shoe ugly' before all is said and done. The longer the home underdog hangs around the edgier it gets in the land of Naismith. KU scores late to make it......
OU 34 KU 17
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