Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 10/18/13
After a down-right horrible loss to Texas in the Red River Rivalry in their last game, the No. 18 Oklahoma Sooners (5-1, 2-1 Big 12) will travel to Lawrence, Kan. to take on the Jayhawks, in hopes to rebound and get back into the win column, and for that matter, the Big 12 race. The game will be played on ABC or ESPN at 3:30 p.m. ET. The Sooners gained a season-low 263 yards of total offense against the Longhorns, 130 on the ground, after going in averaging 246 rushing yards per game. Oklahoma’s three-game winning streak in the series, in which the Sooners outscored Texas a whopping 146-58, was snapped. ‘”I don’t call it a surprise because I think every team in this conference can beat us if we’re not playing to the best of our ability,” said senior safety Gabe Lynn. “We didn’t come out as hard as they did. They came out a little tougher than us and hit us in the mouth. It’s just kind of an eye opener. You hate for it to happen but we have to be prepared each week.”‘ (YahooSports) Blake Bell lost for the first time as the starter and threw 133 yards on 12-of-26 passing and threw two picks, one of which went for six. Oklahoma can now set its sights on Kansas, as the Sooners lead the series with the Jayhawks 70-27-6 and has won eight straight meetings. Kansas has lost 23 straight conference games, dating to a win over Colorado on Nov. 6, 2010. In the teams’ last meeting, the Sooners routed Kansas to a tune of 52-7 in Norman on Oct. 20 of the 2012 season. “The Sooners, however, no longer control their own destiny in the Big 12 race, but twice – in 2006 and 2008 – Oklahoma has lost to Texas but still won a conference title. In the latter year, the Sooners even qualified for the national championship game. The Sooners still have games against two of the three teams that remain unbeaten in conference play, hosting No. 16 Texas Tech on Oct. 26 and visiting No. 12 Baylor on Nov. 7. Oklahoma’s remaining schedule also includes the Bedlam showdown with No. 21 Oklahoma State on Dec. 7.” (YahooSports) Oklahoma will be without senior linebacker Corey Nelson, and nose tackle Jordan Phillips, both of whom need season-ending surgery.
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