A battle between a football school and a basketball school


Oct 15, 2011; Lawrence, KS, USA; Oklahoma Sooners running back Dominique Whaley (8) gets hit by Kansas Jayhawks safety Lubbock Smith (1) during the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium. Oklahoma defeated Kansas 47-17. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIRE

When you look at the stands in Lawrence for a football game, do not be surprised to see many people disguised as bleachers. They are much more visible when it comes to KU’s basketball games.

The same could probably be said for Oklahoma, but the other way around. The Lloyd Noble Center does not fill seats like Oklahoma Memorial Stadium does, and this is due to the fact Oklahoma and Kansas are two very different schools with very different interests.

Oklahoma has a storied football program, which include seven national championships, five Heisman winners, and countless conference championships. Kansas has a historic basketball program, which boasts three national championships, 28 consensus first team All-Americans, and like Oklahoma football, way too many conference crowns to count.

Both of these schools are very good in certain sports, but there definitely is a huge focus one sport over the other.

Kansas football is not on the level of basketball. The Jayhawks have enjoyed some success in football. They won four Big Eight titles. They can, also, claim a BCS Bowl win, and actually have won their last three bowl games. KU is also home to hall of fame running back Gale Sayers and Super Bowl XVII MVP John Riggins.

Oklahoma’s basketball team is very much the same. It is definitely not a big draw like football, though, the Sooners have had success and produced some big-time players. Oklahoma’s mens basketball team has won seven conference tournament championships and have appeared in the Final Four four times. OU has seen plenty of NBA talent as well, including NBA All-Star Blake Griffin, three-time consensus All-American Wayman Tisdale, and three-time NBA champion Stacey King.

Both schools have their claim to fames in sports that are afterthoughts to the ones their fans truly care about. Simply put, these are two different breeds of schools.

Kansas would love to not be the bottom-feeder of Big 12 football, and Oklahoma basketball would love to be up there with Kansas and Texas on a more consistent basis.

So this Saturday when Oklahoma is taking it to the Jayhawks, KU fans will have one positive thought throughout what should be a blowout win for the Sooners. Basketball season is almost here, and the Jayhawks can get their “revenge” by beating OU’s mens basketball team.

Though, please give me some feedback by answering the poll  below. What really has a better chance of happening?