It’s officially ‘bizzarro’ world in the Big 12 where the Kansas Jayhawks are ranked and the Oklahoma Sooners are not ahead of their collision on the Week 7 college football betting card.
Kansas Jayhawks vs. Oklahoma Sooners
Saturday, October 15, 2022 – 12:00 PM EDT at Memorial Stadium
What You Should Know
There were some sad and dejected looks on the faces of the Kansas Jayhawks this past weekend as they walked off the field following their first loss of 2022, but at least they were not the looks of total embarrassment like we saw under the Oklahoma Sooners' helmets.
These are indeed strange times in the Big 12 when Oklahoma is coming off its third loss while Kansas is coming off its first defeat as we hit the middle of October and it should make for some interesting action at top-rated sportsbooks leading up to Saturday’s early kickoff.
Kansas vs. Oklahoma: Odds Breakdown
We might still be two weeks or so away from Halloween, but the good folks setting the NCAAF odds seem to think the Sooners will be in costume this week and appearing as the college football team that looked good enough to be ranked No. 9 in the preseason polls.
Opening numbers put a 7-point burden on Oklahoma, with early action on the Jayhawks at some online betting sites paring the spread down to 6.5 and the scoreboard target has inched up since the opener to the 64.5-65 range.
KU Did It Without Jalon Daniels
Unlike the Sooners who the college football futures favored to win the Big 12 Championship back in August, Lance Leipold’s squad in Lawrence was picked on the other end of the spectrum, with the Jayhawks’ win total posted at a puny 2.5.
Just as Oklahoma has proven its projections were way off, Kansas thumbed its collective nose at the prognosticators with a hot 5-0 start that ended last week in a loss to TCU. However, the Jayhawks can be proud even in defeat, something you rarely heard about them in the past.
The fact Kansas hung with the Horned Frogs right on the 7-point spread in the 38-31 final was commendable; that the Jayhawks did it without Jalon Daniels for most of the game made it even more newsworthy and the quarterback’s shoulder injury is something to monitor leading up to Saturday’s game in Norman.
Will Sooners Get Gabriel Back?
Hey, I get it. This is Oklahoma playing Kansas and the Sooners are supposed to beat up on the Jayhawks just as they have done on every schedule since Slick Willie Clinton was residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
It’s just that the last time Oklahoma surrendered more than 104 points combined in successive weeks was, well, the same time Slick Willie was signing his second 4-year lease at the White House and there’s very little reason for the Sooners to be favored against anyone at this time.
Everyone also needs to monitor the Oklahoma QB situation with Dillon Gabriel still in concussion protocol and we all saw how there are very poor options behind him on the Sooners’ depth chart if the junior is once again a no-go.
Will the OU Turn the Season Around on Week 7?
If the Sooners were going to pick a team to get back on track against, there might not be a better choice than the Jayhawks who Oklahoma has beaten in the last 17 meetings while building its stranglehold in the rivalry to 79 wins, 27 losses, and 6 ties.
Of course, this is a completely different situation and certainly, these are completely different teams than the ones we have seen Oklahoma favored by +32 in the last seven encounters, those large spreads resulting in Kansas covering 4 of the last 5.
The Jayhawks put a scare into the Sooners last year in Lawrence with a 10-0 halftime lead, but Oklahoma rallied for a 35-23 final. Last season marked the fourth time in the last six that the final score failed to reach the NCAA football odds. The last time Kansas beat Oklahoma was 1997 and the last time the Jayhawks won in Norman was 1996.
Who Gets the Triumph?
A warm, mostly sunny, and breezy afternoon is in the forecast for Norman on Saturday, but along with the two injured quarterbacks, bettors will want to get an update before making their wagers since there’s a chance a front bringing rain and thunderstorms could arrive sooner than expected.
The general consensus is Gabriel will play for Oklahoma, and that makes it difficult to pull the trigger with a college football pick on Kansas outright, so let’s take the points in a 34-30 Sooners triumph.
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