Saturday, November 27, 2010

KU vs. MU: Head to head


When Kansas has the ball

Kansas rush offense vs. Missouri rush defense

Freshman James Sims has been a huge surprise for the Jayhawks this season. In 10 games, Sims has gained 660 yards and scored eight touchdowns, easily surpassing the numbers turned in by last year’s leading rusher, Toben Opurum, who now plays defensive end. Though Sims has been solid, the problem here has been an inconsistent offensive line. Some games the O-line has looked great; in others it has been manhandled. Mizzou gives up 151 yards per game and four yards per carry, so KU has a chance for success here. But the MU defense has made more plays in the run game than the KU offense in 2010.

Edge: Missouri

Kansas pass offense vs. Missouri pass defense

For the seventh time this season, KU entered the week with a question at quarterback. It wasn’t so much about what the Jayhawks could or couldn’t do through the air as it was about who would be doing the throwing. Tuesday, KU coach Turner Gill announced that red-shirt freshman Jordan Webb, who started games two through seven, would get the nod over junior Quinn Mecham, who started the last four. Both players played in last week’s loss to Oklahoma State, and Webb, 6-of-9 for 36 yards, showed the coaching staff enough to get the nod. Mecham has shown moments of effectiveness but also lacks mobility and arm strength. Webb has both of those but isn’t nearly as accurate as Mecham.

Edge: Missouri

When Missouri has the ball

Missouri rush offense vs. Kansas rush defense

The Tigers average 158 yards per game on the ground and have scored 21 rushing touchdowns in 11 games. Needless to say, this team can control a game on the ground if it so chooses. MU averages 4.8 yards-per-carry and three backs have gained 300-plus yards on the season. That trio is led by De’Vion Moore, who has 447 yards and six touchdowns on 83 carries. Henry Josey (67-400-4) and Kendial Lawrence (57-307-3) also have done their share.

Edge: Missouri

Missouri pass offense vs. Kansas pass defense

There are two things about the Missouri passing attack that make it dangerous. The first is quarterback Blaine Gabbert, his big frame, strong arm and mobility in the pocket. The second is the fact that the Tigers lack the superstar receiver they’ve had in recent years, which makes it harder for opposing defenses to identify which guy to take away. Gabbert has done a good job of spreading the ball around this season, mixing it to receivers T.J. Moe (72 catches for 810 yards and 6 TDs), Jerrell Jackson (38-494-3) and Wes Kemp (31-352-3) as well as tight end Michael Egnew, who leads the team with 78 receptions and has 663 yards and four TDs to show for it.

Edge: Missouri

Special teams

Just when it looked as if KU was getting its special teams in order, the bottom fell out. Last week against Oklahoma State, KU had a punt blocked for a touchdown and also saw a crucial 42-yard field goal from Jacob Branstetter get blocked. Branstetter had been one of the bright spots for the Jayhawks in recent weeks, but a protection breakdown cost him on that kick. The same could have been said for senior punter Alonso Rojas.

Edge: Missouri


KU_FanSince75 9 years, 2 months ago

Coaching-------- Gill VS Pinkel. Edge----- Missouri.

Fans being unsportsmanlike-------- Edge-----Missouri.

Need I say more? Just hope to see a good close game!

Ben Kliewer 9 years, 2 months ago

Having Blue as part of the school color scheme ------- Edge -------- Kansas! Hey! At least we got one!

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