The #23 Kansas Jayhawks bounced back from their first loss of the season with a 51-22 win last weekend, making them 5-1 in 2023. A day before that, the Oklahoma State Cowboys took down Kansas State to push their record to 3-2. As they have every year since 2010, Kansas and Oklahoma State will cross paths on the gridiron again.
Last year, the Kansas Jayhawks snapped a 12-game losing streak against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Will this Saturday’s matchup finish the same, or are the Cowboys eyeing another 2022 revenge-fueled win?
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#23 Kansas Jayhawks vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys Odds and Match Details
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Fixture: Kansas Jayhawks @ Oklahoma State Cowboys
Date and Time: October 14, 2023, at 3:30 p.m. EST
Location: Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma
Field Surface: FieldTurf Vertex Core
Weather: Sunny and 65 Degrees
#23 Kansas Jayhawks
When Kansas won last week, they finished with 399 yards rushing after 51 attempts. The Jayhawks average 5.9 yards per carry and 232.2 rushing yards per contest. Devin Neal is the team’s leading rusher, with 77 carries for 593 yards and six scores on the ground entering this game.
Starting quarterback Jalon Daniels is doubtful for this game, which won’t help the Jayhawks through the air. So far, Kansas is only picking up 201.3 passing yards per game. Regardless, they’re averaging 36.3 points per game and only finished below 30 once in six tries, when they visited Texas.
Kansas’ defense is giving up 25.5 points per game. Each of the last five foes the Jayhawks faced finished with at least 22 points. They have seven interceptions and 17 sacks after six games, both impressive numbers, but the Kansas defense gives up a lot of yards.
On the ground, opponents are picking up 151.7 yards per game on a 4.5-yard average. Through the air, the Jayhawks are giving up 218.2 yards per game, even with the sacks and takeaways. The final damage is 369.8 yards per game against them.
Oklahoma State Cowboys
Turnovers stole the show for Oklahoma State last weekend, with three interceptions (including one taken to the house) helping them earn the upset. Still, the Cowboys have allowed 88 points in their past three games, bringing their season average up to 23.2 points against. The defense has surrendered at least 370 yards in both of their Big 12 games.
That’s in line with their season average, which is 371.4 yards allowed per game. They also struggle to stop the run, giving up 154.0 per game on the ground. Meanwhile, the back seven is responsible for the other 217.4 yards per game that they give up.
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As for the Cowboys’ offense, they have not scored 30 points in a game this season. For the season, Oklahoma State is averaging 23.4 points per game, the third-lowest mark in the Big 12. Their 357.2 yards per game average is the fourth-lowest in the conference.
Starting running back Ollie Gordon II averages 6.3 yards per carry. As a team, Oklahoma State picks up 132.2 yards on the ground and only 4.3 yards per carry. They’re gaining 225.0 passing yards per contest, but only completing 55.8% of their passes. Oklahoma State’s QBs have five passing touchdowns and four interceptions.
Can Oklahoma State’s defense, which bleeds 154.0 rushing yards per contest, contain a Kansas Jayhawks offense that’s sixth in rushing average nationally? Probably not, which is why this game should be similar to last Saturday’s for the Jayhawks. It would be surprising if the Cowboys got frequent stops, even if Jalon Daniels is out again for Kansas.
Now, the Kansas defense isn’t a powerhouse, but they’re facing a weak Oklahoma State offense. Whereas the Jayhawks should easily exceed 30 points this weekend, the Cowboys haven’t done that once. Oklahoma State is also an awful passing team, which will make life easier for the Jayhawks’ defense. Anticipate another comfortable win for the nation’s 23rd-ranked school.