The Oklahoma Sooners will host the Kansas Jayhawks tonight in a battle between the best of the Big 12 against one of the two teams in the Big 12 that is still without a conference win. The 1-6 Jayhawks (0-4 Big 12) will have their work cut out for them in a trip to Norman to take on the 5-2 Sooners, who still have an unblemished 4-0 record in the conference this season.
However, an extensive list of absences for the Sooners will give the Jayhawks a glimmer of hope before tonight’s game. Seven injury absences and one indefinite suspension for the Sooners certainly will add an interesting element to a contest expected to be a blowout for Oklahoma over the Jayhawks.
Jarvis Baxter, Parrish Cobb, Matt Dimon, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Samaje Perine, Matthew Romar and Charles Walker will all be out of this evening’s game with injuries. These are key absences that will test the Sooners depth, even as massive favorites over one of the worst programs in the conference in the Jayhawks.
Of the injuries, the injury to Perine is the most high profile of the seven key absences tonight due to his role as one of the workhorses of the Sooners attack. Perine’s role is currently being filled capably by Joe Mixon, but the Sooners lack of their one-two punch in the backfield makes their offense far less versatile than it is when all hands are on deck.
With as many absences as they have this week, the Sooners will be hopeful that some of their injured players can recover in time for Thursday’s road trip to Iowa State with a busy week on their schedule. Up against the two worst teams in the conference before their massive November 12 date with the Baylor Bears, the Sooners injury plague does come at a convenient time. However, they will want to get healthy as quickly as possible to get back to full strength for the second half push towards a potential conference championship.