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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Tale of the Tape: KU vs. Texas Tech

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When Kansas has the ball

Kansas rush offense vs. Texas Tech rush defense

Last week, Nevada took Texas Tech to the wire before losing and did so by running the football. The Wolfpack gained 318 yards on 46 carries — good for a 6.8 yards-per-carry average — and held the lead until 44 seconds remained in the game. With KU’s ground game representing its biggest strength and Tech ranked 111th out of 120 teams in rush defense, expect the Jayhawks to use three or four different backs to pound away inside and out against the Red Raiders.

Edge: Kansas.

Kansas pass offense vs. Texas Tech pass defense

Texas Tech is averaging 48 points per game this season and it’s clear that the Jayhawks are going to have to score some points to be in this game. Sophomore QB Jordan Webb has been solid in the passing game so far and the Jayhawks will be lifted by the return of freshman wideout JaCorey Shepherd, who, after breaking out for 100 yards and two touchdowns in the season opener, missed most of the next two games because of a groin injury. The Jayhawks continue to open up the playbook little by little and this is a very confident group.

Edge: Kansas.

When Texas Tech has the ball

Texas Tech rush offense vs. Kansas rush defense

Guess which team ranks dead last in rushing defense among the nation’s 120 FBS teams. Thanks in large part to their dreadful performance against Georgia Tech in Week 3, it’s the Jayhawks, and that doesn’t bode well for this week’s match-up. Texas Tech running back Eric Stephens enters the game ranked 16th in the nation with a 116 yards-per-game average and KU’s defensive coaches seem very concerned about Stephens’ ability to change gears at full speed. The Jayhawks have given up an average of 282 rushing yards per game and have surrendered 12 TDs on the ground.

Edge: Texas Tech.

Texas Tech pass offense vs. Kansas pass defense

KU has been only slightly better against the pass this season, ranking 102nd in the country with averages of 268 yards and two TDs per contest. With two weeks to prepare, the Jayhawks appear to be more ready to try to slow down an opposing team’s passing attack, but they’ll find things tough all afternoon as the Red Raiders bring the nation’s ninth most potent passing attack to town. Tech has thrown for more than 1,000 yards and 13 TDs in three games.

Edge: Texas Tech.

Special teams

The Jayhawks rank 11th in the nation in net punting and feature one of the most dangerous return weapons in the Big 12 in junior D.J. Beshears. However, Texas Tech returner Ben McRoy ranks 17th in the nation with an average of 29 yards per kick return.

Edge: Push.

Comments

ahpersecoachingexperience 10 years, 2 months ago

Going to pay for my kids college today...tech, big!

Dane Griffith 10 years, 2 months ago

Sure hope you bought the 1 1/2 points or it looks like Jr College, Trade School or ITT Tech for your kiddos you half assed fan!!!

Matt Bowers 10 years, 2 months ago

ahperse I know that you get some sort of sick pleasure out of getting a rise out of people, but you don't bother me. I do think that you are wrong about today. KU has surprised a couple of teams when they least expect it and appear to be a solid unit that is on the same page this season. I'm not going to predict an outcome, but I will predict a good game.

Rock Chalk

Dennis Mahorney 10 years, 2 months ago

What, no root root root for the home team?

Dennis Mahorney 10 years, 2 months ago

Even with frustrated fans you can sense they are at heart pulling for Ol' KU. I get the feeling Apher dislikes the Hawks more than he is disappointed in them. Oh well, at least he is not a fair weather fan. He truely never seems to like them.

Kevin Studer 10 years, 2 months ago

It is fine that some predict KU will turn it around. There is nothing wrong with optimism (or even a little homerism, as it were). However, it is equally OK for people to be pragmatic. KU has shown to be subpar (to be kind) on defense. Do not be upset with realistic fans who feel like this defense will give up a few more records today, depending on how merciful the TT coaches are feeling in the second half.

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