4. Kansas shut out OU in the first half last week.
Despite these previously mentioned two statistics, the Jayhawks managed to enter halftime of their Week 8 home matchup with the Sooners with a 10-0 lead. In a mind-boggling game, OU needed a controversial no-call (the forward handoff take-back by quarterback Caleb Williams) to escape with a victory late in the fourth quarter.
3. OSU is a 30.5-point favorite.
The Cowboys will enter their home contest against Kansas as a massive 30.5-point favorite. As OSU has surpassed this point margin in six of the teams’ last 11 meetings, all Cowboys wins, it doesn’t seem like a bad bet for this weekend. OSU’s stout defense will look to set the tone early against a struggling Kansas offense.
Yes, this Jayhawks offense is last in the Big 12 in terms of total yards and points scored, averaging 334 yards and 17.6 points per game. At this point, it seems redundant to point out that Kansas is among the nation’s worst in these categories midway through 2021.
2. Jayhawks RB Devin Neal rushed for 100 yards last week.
In a rare bright spot for Kansas, the freshman running back hit the tripe-digits mark in rushing yards in last week’s loss to OU. He carried the ball 23 times and also scored two touchdowns against the Sooners.
Neal has rushed for 86 yards per game in the Jayhawks’ last four contests.
1. Kansas is 5-79 against Big 12 opponents in the last decade.
It’s a mark of futility unknown by any other FBS Division I program in the past 10 years. No other football program, no matter how much it has struggled, can equal the Jayhawks’ lack of success on the gridiron in its own conference. Connecticut, Illinois, Rutgers and Arkansas have all struggled against their league opponents, but all of these teams have won between 13-18 league contests apiece since 2012. UConn is now independent.
And somehow, Kansas somehow led OU in the third quarter of last week’s game.