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Saturday, October 17, 2009

KU vs. CU Head to head

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When Kansas has the ball

Kansas rush offense vs. Colorado rush defense

Even if Kansas University running back Jake Sharp can’t go today, the Jayhawks have a solid backup in true freshman Toben Opurum. In his two starts this season, he has rushed for a combined 207 yards and two touchdowns against Southern Mississippi and Iowa State and is averaging 83.6 yards per game despite coming off the bench in the team’s first three games. The Buffaloes, meanwhile, are giving up 170.4 yards per game on the ground, 11th in the Big 12, and a conference-worst 4.5 yards per carry.

Edge: Kansas

Kansas pass offense vs. Colorado pass defense

Quarterback Todd Reesing jumped to second in the Big 12 in passing yards per game (315.8) following last week’s career-high 442-yard performance. Receivers Kerry Meier (43 catches, 477 yards, five touchdowns) and Dezmon Briscoe (30 catches, 517 yards, three scores) have emerged as two of the nation’s top receivers this season. Colorado has been decent against the pass this season, ranking sixth in the conference in pass yards allowed per game, but Texas’ Colt McCoy completed 32 of 39 passes last week for 265 yards, and the team has struggled mightily with inexperience thus far.

Edge: Kansas

When Colorado has the ball

Colorado rush offense vs. Kansas rush defense

Behind starting running back Rodney Stewart, the Buffaloes are averaging just 83.4 yards per game on the ground, 112th out of 120 FBS teams. The team averaged just 1.2 yards per carry against the Longhorns and has scored just six rushing touchdowns so far this season.

With the exception of last week’s game, in which they gave up 219 rushing yards, the Jayhawks have been stout against the run, holding teams to just 91.2 yards per game this season. Before the Iowa State game, they had held opponents to just 59.3 yards, third best in the country.

Edge: Kansas

Colorado pass offense vs. Kansas pass defense

The Buffaloes enter today’s game with a unenviable situation at quarterback. Tyler Hansen, who will replace Cody Hawkins as the team’s starter, it was announced last week, completed just three of five passes for 17 yards against Texas and will be seeing his first extensive action since last season. But the Jayhawks are coming off their worst defensive outing of the season, giving up 293 passing yards to Iowa State’s Austen Arnaud and ranking just 118th nationally in pass defense.

Edge: Colorado

Special teams

The Buffaloes feature two dangerous return men in Darrell Scott (27.2 yards per kick return) and Brian Lockridge (26.6), though kicker Aric Goodman has connected on just four of eight field goals this year. The Jayhawks, meanwhile, rank among the middle of the pack in the Big 12 in kickoff returns and coverage, punt return average and field goals percentage, while lacking a big-time playmaker on special teams. Kicker Jacob Branstetter has hit three of five field-goal attempts this season, but missed an extra point in the first quarter of last week’s game against the Cyclones.

Edge: Colorado

Comments

Michael Leiker 11 years, 1 month ago

Where's the KU Run O vs. Colorado Run D? Article seems incomplete. It's like they wanted it to look like an even match up so they just left it out.

Michael Leiker 11 years, 1 month ago

Nevermind, just confused by where the "When Kansas has the ball" is placed.

Annette Lee 11 years, 1 month ago

I hope Jake can go today because they will force us to run it.

John Brown 11 years, 1 month ago

The game in Boulder is always tough because of weather and altitude. However, if teams are running 4.5 yards per carry vs. CU then Kansas can control the clock. 2nd and 5 or 3rd and 2 situations set up the passing game well. It doesn't sound like special teams will be much of a factor if CU is that bad versus the run. Other factor is CU doesn't have a ground game. Their QB will be running from our DL all day. I just hope our D is fixed and that Sharpe can play.

troutsee 11 years, 1 month ago

CU has two excellent running backs. Do not underestimate CU's ability to run the ball. Also, Hansen is pretty quick, and we had a hard time containing quick QBs against ISU and SMU. Also, after looking absolutely horrible in its first two games, the CU defense has improved. We should win this game but I am worried.

bpjhawk 11 years, 1 month ago

CU Pass Offense vs. KU Pass Defense

Sure, KU has given up yardage in the past few games, but to whom is CU going to throw the ball?

Robert Brock 11 years, 1 month ago

Our pass defense is on a glide-path to made mediocre quarterbacks look sensational. I hope that our coordinator gets it fixed TONIGHT.

truefan 11 years, 1 month ago

The only thing I can say about our pass D is that they are pretty good when they get pressure on the QB. Most people forget to mention that Iowa St. had only allowed 1 sack before they played KU. If the D can get some pressure on CU's QB we might just run away with this game, but if they get stonewalled like they did against Iowa St. then we will have an offensive shoot out on our hands.

avaholic 11 years, 1 month ago

And it looks like Bradford is out with a reinjured shoulder. Look out Landry Jones

KURocksChalk 11 years, 1 month ago

Feeling good about this game for no known reason. Just vibe. I think we are going to see some unrealized potential today.

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