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Oklahoma vs. Kansas: Pressing questions on the defense, passing game

by Jason Kersey Published: October 19, 2013

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Oklahoma will try to rebound from last weekend’s loss to Texas this afternoon, when it plays Kansas inside Memorial Stadium.

This is the first of three pregame blogs from Ryan Aber and I. Here, we each ask a pressing question that we hope to see answered in Saturday’s game.

ABER: How much pressure can Oklahoma put on Kansas’ quarterbacks?
What made OU’s defense so good early in the season was the consistent pressure the front seven was able to get. That has slipped considerably since Jordan Phillips exited the lineup and slipped even more with Corey Nelson’s injury. Charles Tapper needs to return to the force he was early and Eric Striker continue what he’s been able to do from the linebacker spot.

KERSEY: Can Oklahoma’s passing game get back on track?
Sooners quarterback Blake Bell looked good throwing the ball in his first two starts, but hasn’t been great in his last two, especially last weekend’s 36-20 loss to Texas. Kansas is exactly the kind of opponent Bell and the Sooner wide receivers need to rebuild some confidence. If Oklahoma’s passing game doesn’t improve this week against this opponent, there will be good reason for Sooner Nation to start panicking.

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