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Kansas will beat Sooners

October 19, 2009

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Members of the local Pessimist Breakfast Club — they know who they are — between complaints about the texture of the eggs and the weakness of the coffee undoubtedly are grousing about how, if the Kansas University football team can’t defeat reeling Colorado, then it’s curtains for KU on Saturday against Oklahoma.

Here’s what the eternal pessimists are missing: This Kansas offense more closely resembles a typical Sooners offense than this year’s injury-torn Oklahoma unit does.

The Sooners don’t have their usual platoon of healthy, long, fast wideouts burning down the field. Kansas has the NCAA leader in receiving yards (Dezmon Briscoe, 134.2 per game) and the nation’s No. 2 receiver in terms of catches per game (Kerry Meier, nine).

Kansas doesn’t have the huge, dominant offensive line to match that of Oklahoma’s from a year ago, but again, the Sooners don’t have that sort of O-Line either.

Two of the past six Heisman Trophy winners — Sam Bradford (2008) and Jason White (2003) — played quarterback for OU, but if a 2009 Heisman Trophy candidate plays Saturday in Memorial Stadium his name will be Todd Reesing.

Again, if Briscoe had come down with what would have been a spectacular catch on the final play of the game in Boulder, then Reesing has his Heisman moment, which would have been the capper on a 59-second, 75-yard drive, and he vaults to the front of the Heisman pack. Instead Briscoe couldn’t hang onto it and Reesing fades to long-shot status. Fair or not, one play can make that much difference.

Reesing, who tore off his redshirt at halftime of the Colorado game as a freshman, finished his career 3-1 against the Buffaloes. This night belonged to Tyler Hansen, who fired up the Folsom Field crowd with relentless energy KU’s fans need to bring Saturday.

“The quarterback for Colorado was the difference-maker today,” KU coach Mark Mangino said after the game. “It’s unfortunate they picked this week to take his redshirt off, but I think they found their quarterback, that’s for sure.”

Consider it payback for Mangino taking Reesing’s redshirt off against CU. Why, when Hansen clearly is a superior quarterback to Cody Hawkins, did Colorado coach Dan Hawkins not have Hansen, a sophomore, as his starter the moment he stepped on campus? Simple answer: Hansen’s not related to the coach.

Oklahoma’s quarterback change hasn’t been as fruitful. After Bradford re-injured his shoulder, red-shirt freshman Landry Jones struggled to get anything going against the Texas defense Saturday. Barring a shocking recovery by Bradford in time to play Saturday, Kansas will face Jones. The difference between Bradford and Jones is as substantial as the gap between Hawkins and Hansen.

OU certainly has some advantageous matchups — its running backs are far quicker than KU’s linebackers, its defensive linemen much quicker than the Kansas blockers — but the hunch here is the team with the better quarterback wills its way to a victory Saturday. Kansas 28, Oklahoma 24.

Comments

edjayhawk 4 years, 6 months ago

Mangino has been pointing at this game for a long time now and his track record on breaking streaks is pretty good. K-State '04, Nebraska '05 etc...

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farfle 4 years, 6 months ago

Let's go ahead and give KU the victory now, kind of like giving Obama the Nobel Peace Prize.

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MyName 4 years, 6 months ago

The only thing I have to add is that, while the Defense was far from flawless against CU, it was an improvement. While CU's new QB was a big difference maker, I think turning the ball over twice at our end of the field in the first quarter was the clincher. It's very hard to defend against that.

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Armen Kurdian 4 years, 6 months ago

Well shoot, maybe KU & OU both were overhyped. Even w/o Bradford, OU shouldn't be 3-3. Let's see if KU gets fired up and stays that way. Have to put OU away early w/quick scores...they are pretty demoralized right now and we'll have to kick them when they are down. If the defense steps up, the offense will take care of the rest.

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Carrie Coffey 4 years, 6 months ago

NO NO NO NO NO, KU will be viewing tapes all week and they will be making there game plan to get it done right. Our one true advantage for this game is Bradford being out. KU will need to step it up and run and throw the hell out of the ball and keep the sooners pushed back. I believe in guys, they want OU bad and I want them to beat OU bad. Have faith in our team because they will need the extra super duper loud stadium to keep them pumped. I am there and I will be sitting in the OU section yelling my head off for our Jayhawks! Rock Chalk Jayhawk

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CLARKKENT 4 years, 6 months ago

WOW, MR. KEEGAN, YOU THINK THEY WILL WIN? YOU DID NOT EVEN GIVE THEM A VOTE IN THE TOP 25. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND YOUR LOGIC.

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Snoop 4 years, 6 months ago

KU does indeed have a chance to win IF and only IF… most of the KU football bandwagon types who populate the student section leaves at halftime AGAIN.

If KU wins a game at home and no students are there to see it, does it still count?

That T-shirt guy needs to come up with a new shirt…

“I Support KU Football”…on the front

“UNTIL HALFTIME” on the back.

Since KU lost on Saturday a national audience will be confused by why there will be so many OU shirts in the crowd.

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yourworstnightmare 4 years, 6 months ago

The offense isn't the issue. KU's offense is clearly strong.

The KU defense is the big concern. The defensive end play has regressed, and the line and linebackers were like a sieve against the run.

If the defense does not improve, KU will lose to both OU and Nebraska.

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jhawk24 4 years, 6 months ago

Hope you're right Keegan. One loss is nothing to hang our heads about. We go out and beat OU and things will turn around!

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 6 months ago

KU might win two more game the rest of the season. OU ain't going to be one of them. Monkeyspunk is spot on.

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barrypenders 4 years, 6 months ago

He is talking about KU football....isn't he?

Darwin bless you all

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monkeyspunk 4 years, 6 months ago

Umm...

KU cannot tackle. CU ran it down our throats. OU will do the same with a better running back.

KU cannot run the ball effectively. CU defenders filled the running lanes because our line couldn't run block. Our undersized backs were dropped by arm tackles. CUs defense is better than OUs?

KU cannot put pressure on the quarterback. Hansen had days and days to throw, Jones will have at least that much time if not more.

KU cannot adequately defend their own quarterback. CU was able to get in the backfield. Again, is CUs defense better than OUs?

I will be cheering for them, and I think they have a chance, but only because of el numero cinco and the Dez.. It will be a shoot out.

400 yds passing 100 yds rushing KU
250 yds passing 250 yds rushing OU

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OutlawJHawk 4 years, 6 months ago

Keegan--Thanks for providing bulletin board material for the Sooners...

I hope you are right, though.

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rtwngr 4 years, 6 months ago

"You dream, General. Surrender my sword."

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