No. 19 Oklahoma looks to stay in range of Big 12 leaders

Kansas (0-6, 0-5 Big 12) at Oklahoma (4-2, 3-2), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EST (ESPN2).

Line: Oklahoma by 38.

Series record: Oklahoma 77-27-6.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Oklahoma is on a three-game win streak and is within a game of Big 12 leaders Iowa State and Kansas State. The Sooners have won five straight Big 12 titles and likely can’t lose again if they want to reach the conference title game. The Sooners have won 21 straight November games dating to 2014, and coach Lincoln Riley is 12-0 in November as Oklahoma’s head coach. Kansas has lost all of its games by at least 15 points this season and looks to be more competitive.

KEY MATCHUP

Oklahoma’s running game vs. Kansas’ run defense. Oklahoma rushed for a season-high 213 yards on just 39 carries in last Saturday’s win over Texas Tech — the third straight solid rushing performance by the Sooners. Kansas has the Big 12’s worst run defense, allowing 222 yards per game on the ground in league play. If the Sooners get ahead early, they could punish the Jayhawks on the ground.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Oklahoma: DE Ronnie Perkins. The preseason All-Big 12 player returned last week after serving a six-game suspension that included the Peach Bowl at the end of last season. He had three tackles against Texas Tech, including a tackle for loss, and a quarterback hurry.

Kansas: QB Jalon Daniels. The freshman just turned 18, and he is growing into his role as the starter. He passed for 165 yards and ran for 36 yards and a score last Saturday against Iowa State. Oklahoma is allowing 289 yards passing per game.

FACTS & FIGURES

It will be Oklahoma’s first home game since a loss to Kansas State on Sept. 26. … Kansas will play its fourth ranked opponent in five games. … Oklahoma RB Rhamondre Stevenson ran for 87 yards and three touchdowns against Texas Tech in his first game back from a six-game suspension. … Oklahoma has won 15 straight in the series against Kansas. … The Sooners have scored at least 28 points in a school-record 58 consecutive games.

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