Friday, September 12, 2008

KU vs. USF: Head to head

It's been two seasons since the Kansas football team faced off against South Florida. Back in 2006, the Bulls made the trip to Memorial Stadium.

KU football vs. South Florida


When Kansas has the ball

Kansas rush offense vs. USF rush defense

Two games into the 2008 season, the Kansas football team has yet to establish a consistent ground attack. Both Jake Sharp and transfer Jocques Crawford have struggled to get going offensively, and coach Mark Mangino said earlier this week that third-string running back Angus Quigley (15 carries, 84 yards against Louisiana Tech) will play a bigger role in Friday's game.

Unfortunately for the Jayhawks, South Florida has given up just 135 yards on the ground in its first two games combined - allowing 2.4 yards per carry - and hasn't given up a rushing touchdown yet this year.

Edge: USF

Kansas pass offense vs. USF pass defense

Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing showed last Saturday why he's one of the conference's top signal callers. The junior completed 32-of-38 passes for three touchdowns and a career-high 412 yards. He's also benefited from the emergence of Patterson and sophomore Dezmon Briscoe as big-play receivers.

South Florida's biggest asset will be defensive end George Selvie, an All-American who led the nation in tackles-for-loss (31,5) and was second in sacks (14.5) in 2007. Kansas red-shirt freshman offensive tackle Jeff Spikes will likely have the unenviable task of blocking Selvie, and his ability to do so should play a large role in the game's outcome.

Edge: Kansas

When USF has the ball

USF rush offense vs. Kansas rush defense

Bulls running back Mike Ford missed last Saturday's victory over UCF due to an ankle injury, and fellow back Ben Williams (ankle) carried the ball just once. While South Florida is hopeful both will be in the lineup tonight, Kansas' rush defense has been a high-point this season.

Take away a 78-yard scamper by Louisiana Tech receiver Phillip Livas last Saturday, and Kansas held the Bulldogs' to just 70 yards on the ground. The Jayhawks haven't allowed a touchdown on the ground this season - or in the air, for that matter.

Edge: Kansas

USF pass offense vs. Kansas pass defense

After throwing for 2,670 yards and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore last season, USF quarterback Matt Grothe is picking up where he left off in '08. He has connected with 12 different receivers so far this season for 442 yards and five touchdowns, while also showing a propensity for making big plays. During last week's victory over rival UCF, five of the Bulls' pass plays went for 25 yards or more and three of those resulted in touchdowns.

Kansas' secondary has performed well in its first two games, picking off three passes and holding opponents to a combined 192 passing yards.

Edge: USF

Special teams

A big concern heading into the '08 season, the Jayhawks' special teams unit has proved to be solid up to this point.

South Florida, meanwhile, hasn't been as fortunate. Last week, kicker Delbert Alvarado missed a 42-yard field goal and had another blocked. The week before, he missed a 46-yarder, and on Saturday the Bulls gave up a 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and returned nine punts for just minues-2 yards.

Edge: Kansas


littlerichard 9 years, 9 months ago

Their punt and kickoff coverage has been bad. We could have good field position on every posession. That in itself can win an otherwise close game.

Rivethead 9 years, 9 months ago

Absolutely amazing that doogie didn't mention the fact that in two games Grothe has already thrown 3 picks. Groethe is a good QB, but he tends to makes mistakes. Advantage KU.Oh, and USF has also lost a couple of fumbles too.Turnovers are important in any game. Turnover margin is an important stat. Interesting doogie left that out of the analysis.

guscornhawk 9 years, 9 months ago

Direct from our jacka$$ friends at East Coast Sports Network otherwise known as ESPN...USF 24, Kansas 17"KU has surrendered only 10 points in two games, but Matt Grothe and the USF attack are a big step up from the Jayhawks' first two opponents, Florida International and Louisiana Tech."Um, a big step up for us? Last I checked, UCF and Tenn. Martin wern't knocking down the doors to the BCS championship. We've been down this road before when everyone thinks we are not any good, hell, sometimes I wonder when the wheels will fall off. Its gonna take a while before people stop knockin us. Go get em tonight boys!Rock Chalk Jayhawk!!!!

Dirk Medema 9 years, 9 months ago

Hmmm. I was seeing the defenses as having the edge across the board, except maybe for KU going to the quick strike pass routes to multiple recievers that don't give the D time to generate the big pass rush. USF's D-line should be dominant, but new CB's and MLB could be susceptible.Sounds like special teams play could be huge as well for KU.

kranny 9 years, 9 months ago

I think it comes down to our front four on the D line. More depth equals a win. I think our field goal kicker better have their Sh!t together tonight and our linebackers better keep Grothe in their sights when he takes off. The La Tech QB picked up a couple of first downs against us. 16-10 Hawks win.

sdoyel 9 years, 9 months ago

Groethe is too mistake prone. Edge KU on defense....

shannyvan1 9 years, 9 months ago

I wonder if we will see Reesing roll out tonight- away from Selvie. This could give him time to throw and even possibly some opportunities to run.

justanotherfan 9 years, 9 months ago

This game is basically a push according to Vegas. USF at 3 1/2 at home is basically Vegas calling it a toss-up. Tonight's game is about running the football. Both teams can throw it, so I think whoever can get their running game going is going to control the tempo of the game and win. A solid running game tonight by either team will keep the defense off balance just enough to make their passing a little more effective.USF isn't going to blitz as much because they have Selvie, so we can't depend on seeing a lot of one on one coverage. If, however, we can get the ground attack going, we can make them commit an extra guy to stopping that, and open up the downfield passing.

jhawk23 9 years, 9 months ago

"one of the conference's top signal callers"Um, don't you mean "one of the nation's top signal callers"? How 'bout a little respect, Doogie; I think Sparky's earned it!

KU 9 years, 9 months ago

Last I heard the student section (largest in the Big East at 12,501) has been sold out and they are expecting a crowd of about 53,000 yesterday at noon. But tickets are still on sale, so they may creep into the mid to high 50k range. How many does the RJ hold? Around 65,000?

Jeremy LeMaster 9 years, 9 months ago

Advantage KU when USF has the ball (USF pass offense, KU pass defense).The running game may be one of the biggest deciding factors. I hope the coaches were playing coy and using a vanilla run game. I haven't been impressed with Crawford thus far. Obviously everyone is hyping Angus now. I think Jake can make somethings happen in the flats and open space as Chiliskate talked about earlier.It is going to be a fun game to watch this early in the season! Rock Chalk!

Ted Toulouse 9 years, 9 months ago

First of all chuck, the road demons were exorcised last year (KSU, A&M, OSU, CU). Second, I think our pass defense may be a little better than people think. This would be a great coming out party for them. Stucky was a STUD last weekend and our D-line is coming along.Anybody have a bead on KU representation in the stands?? I'm wishing I would have pulled out the stops to try and make it down there now that it's GAMEDAY!!!

Ben Kane 9 years, 9 months ago

I don't know about KU representation (i'll be there) but I do believe that USF is expecting a sellout. while we may believe that our road demons are gone we still get no respect nationally and they always point to that! The local media down here in FL is pouncing on it and I got into an argument with the local espn radio guys this morning about it. Hopefully we can take the home crowd out of this one early. USF (I believe) is starting two new DB's this year so I expect we may try and take some shots downfield early and try and open up the middle for the RBs.

justanotherfan 9 years, 9 months ago

I don't think we should roll Reesing too much. It cuts the field in half for where he can throw, effectively eliminating everything outside the oppposite hash. That would make the DB's job a lot easier, being able to roll their coverage over with Reesing when he rolls.

Chiliskate 9 years, 9 months ago

I hope Coach decides to flip open more of the run playbook today. I don't remember any tosses or sweeps being run in the first two games. All running seemed targeted between the tackles. No fake handoffs either. Jake seems like the guy who can make some yardage when he gets into space. Angus looks like our go to guy right now. I think KU will win by 7... and I think the difference maker will be Patterson... I feel another runback coming.

Ben Kane 9 years, 9 months ago

remember, USF was primarily a run team last year with a good D and Groethe tends to turn the ball over. These two teams may be very similar except that they are over-hyped and we are under-hyped. Time to put those road demons to bed!Rockchalk!

kranny 9 years, 9 months ago

Meant to say "kickers" for the grammar cops out there.

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