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KU football still leads nation in important statistic

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Kansas cornerback Hasan Defense (13) intercepts a pass in the end zone during intended for West Virginia wide receiver David Sills V (13) during the first half  of an NCAA college football game in Morgantown, W. Va., Saturday Oct. 6, 2018. (Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)

Kansas cornerback Hasan Defense (13) intercepts a pass in the end zone during intended for West Virginia wide receiver David Sills V (13) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Morgantown, W. Va., Saturday Oct. 6, 2018. (Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP) by Associated Press

It’s been so long since Kansas has led the nation in a positive football statistic I find myself visiting cfbstats.com to click turnover margin on an almost daily basis. Never know when it might happen again, so why not? You should try it. It's good therapy.

Remarkably, the Jayhawks still lead the nation in that category with a weekly average of +2.17. They have 18 turnovers gained and five lost, six weeks into the season.

Head coach David Beaty’s first three teams finished 105th of 128, 123rd of 128 and 128th of 130.

Beaty's first game as offensive coordinator since 2016 is Saturday in Lubbock, Texas.

As always, Beaty is stressing “being a smarter team. We’re right around the middle of the pack in the Big 12 right now, and we need to be in the top three, if not better than that.” In conference play, KU has five takeaways and four turnovers.

When Beaty was at the helm of the Kansas offense in 2016, the Jayhawks led the nation with 36 turnovers. KU runs the ball far more now than then, so reducing that number significantly shouldn't be a problem.

The defense is doing its part in the turnover department.

KU had four interceptions all last season and has 11 so far this season, tied for fifth in the nation. Hasan Defense has two picks, both against West Virginia, and 10 players have one apiece: Joe Dineen, Davon Ferguson, Corione Harris, Elmore Hempstead, Mike Lee, Jeremiah McCullough, Shakial Taylor, Ricky Thomas and Bryce Torneden.

Comments

Dane Pratt 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Suddenly football doesn't seem that important to me anymore.

Play out the season, hire a new coach and start over again.

Lucas Town 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Turnover margin huh? I would take last in the nation in turnover margin if THE most important stat was near the top in the nation. The win-loss column!

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