Things haven’t been well in Sooner Land as of recent. Oklahoma is riding a three-game losing streak and has been outscored 104-24 over the last two weekends. Things have been so bad for OU over the last three weeks that fans are reminiscing of 1998. That’s how far back you have to go in order to find the last time the Sooners lost three in a row, started 0-3 in conference play, and were shutout. For many Oklahoma fans this is as low as the program has been in their lifetimes. That said, if things go south in Norman on Saturday then we’ll be talking about 1996 instead.
October 5th, 1996 was the last time Kansas beat Oklahoma, in football, on Owen Field. The Jayhawks thrashed the Sooners 52-24 that day and OU would go on to finish the season with a lowly 3-8 record. Since that day, Oklahoma has only fallen to Kansas one other time. That was a year later when KU edged them out by a field goal (20-17) in Lawrence. The Sooners are 79-27-6 (.732) all-time vs. Kansas and has won 17 straight games in the series. It’s the longest active winning streak against any opponent for Oklahoma.
OU has won eight straight games at home against Kansas and has held the Jayhawks to single-digit scoring in four of the last five meetings in Norman. Meanwhile the Sooners have scored at least 34 points in each of their last 13 games against Kansas. It is the longest such streak in school history against a single opponent. History seems to be on Oklahoma’s side on this one but then again we’ve seen a lot of history change over the last three weeks of the football season.
Saturday’s game will mark the first between Oklahoma and Kansas since 2009 in which the Jayhawks are ranked in the AP poll. However, it will also mark the first time since 1992 that the Sooners and Jayhawks face each other when KU is ranked the AP poll and OU is not. Eight of KU’s 27 wins in this series came in the first eight meetings (1903-10). Then 16 of the Jayhawk victories came before 1931. Since 1965, the Sooners are 44-6 (.880) vs. KU. That’s a lot of history, and a lot of dominance, that’s in Oklahoma’s favor. That’s a lot of pressure, for a team that has been struggling, to not let another streak come to an end. Oklahoma fans thought that things couldn’t get worse after the 49-0 loss to Texas last weekend but a loss to Kansas on Saturday would sink this program to even further depths.
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