Sooners can get their druthers

Nov 28, 2000 7:44 AM

Saturday, Dec. 2
Big 12 Championship

Oklahoma 23, Kansas State 16: K-State has all kinds of little edges in this game. Revenge motive from reg.-seas. meeting. Familiarity with field (played Iowa here at Arrowhead in opener). More mobile QB. More experienced coach. More Big XII title game experience. (Lost late vs. A&M two years ago).

But Oklahoma has the biggest edge of all. Sooners still the better team. Defense has allowed more than 16 pts. only twice TY (yes, once vs. K-State, when OU led 31-14 at the H in Manhattan). And stop unit has combined with STs for 7 TDs, including 5 on interceptions. Vs. their toughest opponent, Oklahoma fairly dominated Nebraska, shutting out Huskers for last 52 minutes. Wildcats needed late TD throw in the sleet to win.

Sunday, Dec. 3

Green Bay 22, CHICAGO 16: Since Shane Matthews (only 98 YP at Jets last week; 1 off. TD in 3 weeks) about as effective as Chris Matthews (MSNBC — that Chris Matthews) at QB for Chicago, Bears hope to be back to their first option this week (Cade McNown slated to return from shoulder injury). McNown enjoyed some success (2 TDP) at Green Bay’s expense.

But reluctant to recommend Bears under his erratic leadership. If all G.B. hands on deck (injury woes apparently abating), Brett Favre more likely to deliver winning points.

Monday, Dec. 4

NEW ENGLAND 20, Kansas City 16: K.C. managed to hit a lower low than N.E. with loss to winless San Diego, 4th straight for the Chiefs. Drew Bledsoe has had extra time to rest his sore thumb, while K.C. offense slumped last week (no TDs; only 161 yds. despite 5 takeaways!) with venerable Warren Moon subbing for Elvis Grbac (sore index finger; check status). Flawed as Patriots are, they’re playing better defense 20.5 ppg last 4) than mistake-prone Chiefs, who are looking for leaders — and not finding many.