Is There A Kansas City Curse?

I’m not one to believe in the SI Jinx or the Madden Curse but I do recognize that something crazy happens when the Sooners play at Arrowhead Stadium. Saturday will mark the 7th time that OU has played in the Big 12 Championship game. Of their previous six championship games four have been in Kansas City, one in San Antonio and one in Houston.

 

In Kansas City the Sooners have only outscored their opponents by 28 points but in the two games played in Texas the Sooners are +43 points over their opponents.

 

Oklahoma’s Big 12 Championship History

Year Location Opponent Result
2000 Arrowhead Stadium Kansas State 27-24 W
2002 Reliant Stadium Colorado 29-7 W
2003 Arrowhead Stadium Kansas State 7-35 L
2004 Arrowhead Stadium Colorado 42-3 W
2006 Arrow Head Stadium Nebraska 21-7 W
2007 Alamodome Missouri 38-17 W

It’s that 35-7 loss to Kansas State that has left the bad taste in my mouth for Kansas City. Oklahoma has returned to the scene of the crime twice since then and have won by a combined score of 63-10. However, those wins were over lesser opponents than this year’s Missouri Tigers team. In fact when you look at the stats between the Sooners and the Tigers I find it to be a little too close for comfort.

 Stats (per game)  Oklahoma  Missouri
 Rushing Offense  202.42 (21)  165.17 (46)
 Passing Offense  354.25 (3)  344.25 (4)
 Passing Eff.  184.57 (2)  165.40 (7)
 Total Offense  556.67 (3)  509.42 (6)
 Scoring Offense  53.33 (1)  45.00 (4)
 Rushing Defense  109.83 (18)  119.42 (24)
 Pass Defense  249.67 (98)  277.08 (116)
 Pass Eff. Defense  115.62 (38)  131.42 (80)
 Total Defense  359.50 (66)  396.50 (91)
 Scoring Defense  24.83 (60)  24.67 (58)
 Net Punting  34.00 (77)  37.00 (25)
 Punt Returns  8.63 (66)  9.48 (50)
 Kickoff Returns  25.09 (7)  21.93 (44)
 Turnover Margin  1.67 (2)  0.08 (55)
 Sacks  3.25 (3)  2.33 (42)
 Tackles for Loss  8.00 (T-7)  8.00 (T-7)
 Sacks Allowed  0.92 (T-5)  1.08 (T-12)

 

So, is there a Kansas City curse? I have no idea but what I do know is that my worst moment in Big 12 Championship history was at that stadium. For that reason Arrowhead Stadium will always have a dark cloud over it.

 

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