Run and Shoot: IT'S STILL FOOTBALL SEASON FOR KU

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IT'S STILL FOOTBALL SEASON FOR KU

STILLWATER, Okla. - There's something out of the ordinary about this early-November tilt between Kansas and Oklahoma State. It could be the fact that a writer from the New York Times, Brent Musberger and several bowl representatives are milling around the press area.

Kansas enters the game at 9-0 and No. 4 in the BCS Rankings. The Jayhawks are coming off of a thorough trouncing of Nebraska last week, and have hopes of a BCS or National Championship berth riding on the rest of the season. Kansas' offense and defense have both been strong for most of the season. Quarterback Todd Reesing has not thrown an interception in his last 139 attempts and running back Brandon McAnderson has topped 100 yards rushing in two consecutive contests.

Oklahoma State will attempt to rebound from a crushing 38-35 loss at the hands of Texas last week. After jumping out to a 21-point lead, the Cowboys yielded 24 fourth-quarter points and lost on a last-second field goal. The Cowboys are 5-4 and looking to secure bowl eligibility on senior night at Boone Pickens Stadium.

Tonight's key matchup will be between Kansas cornerback Aqib Talib and Oklahoma State wide receiver Adarius Bowman. The 6-foot-4 Bowman torched Kansas' secondary last season, racking up 300 receiving yards and four touchdowns. This season, each has been at the top of his game. Talib leads the Big 12 Conference in passes defended and Bowman is averaging 101 receiving yards per game, fourth in the conference.

For most of the week, ESPN and ABC have hyped the game as "KU's coming out party". If Talib and the Jayhawk defense can hold up against Bowman and Co., the nation could be seeing a lot more of Kansas - and not just the basketball team.

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