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Keeping Stats: Where KU football ranks nationally heading into Big 12 play

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Kansas head coach Charlie Weis watches the video board after a late fourth-quarter touchdown by Southeast Missouri State on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas head coach Charlie Weis watches the video board after a late fourth-quarter touchdown by Southeast Missouri State on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 at Memorial Stadium. by Nick Krug

The Kansas University football team has navigated its way through the non-conference portion of its schedule — some moments good, some moments bad — and is now headed into Big 12 play for the rest of the season.

With that in mind, let's take a quick look at where the Jayhawks rank nationally in a few dozen different statistical categories.

Keep in mind that, because of their Week 1 bye, the Jayhawks have played just three games while much of the rest of the country already has played four games. That fact impacts most categories in at least some small way and is worth remembering.

I was surprised to see that KU has nearly just as many decent rankings on the offensive side of the ball as on defense, though not all of them are the most critical stats. Overall, KU currently ranks in the Top 50 (of 125 FBS teams) in three offensive categories and six defensive categories.

Here's a look at where the 2-1 Jayhawks stand in the most popular categories on offense defense, special teams and miscellaneous.

Kansas opens Big 12 play at 3 p.m. Saturday against 1-2 Texas at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas running back De'Andre Mann finds a hole against Duke during the second quarter on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2013 at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, North Carolina.

Kansas running back De'Andre Mann finds a hole against Duke during the second quarter on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2013 at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, North Carolina. by Nick Krug

OFFENSE --->

Total offense – Tied for 90th (374.3 ypg)

Scoring offense – Tied for 107th (20.3 ppg)

Rushing offense – 41st (200.3 ypg)

Passing offense – 106th (174 ypg)

Completion percentage – 99th .552 (48-for-87)

3rd-down conversion percentage – 96th .353 (18-for-51)

4th-down conversion percentage – 101st .250 (1-for-4)

First downs offense – 118th (52 1st downs)

Fumbles lost – Tied for 1st (0)

Interceptions thrown – Tied for 59th (3)

Red zone offense – Tied for 97th .750 (6-for-8)

Sacks allowed – Tied for 66th (2 spg)

Tackles for loss allowed – Tied for 57th (5.3 per game)

Team passing efficiency – 92nd (117.6 rating; Oregon ranks first at 211.3)

Turnovers lost – Tied for 18th (3)

After beating Central Michigan lineman Ramadan Ahmeti (77) around the edge, Kansas senior Michael Reynolds (55) forces CMU quarterback Cooper Rush (10) to fumble during their game on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.

After beating Central Michigan lineman Ramadan Ahmeti (77) around the edge, Kansas senior Michael Reynolds (55) forces CMU quarterback Cooper Rush (10) to fumble during their game on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. by John Young

DEFENSE --->

Total defense – Tied for 78th (403.7 ypg)

Rushing defense – 92nd (185.3 ypg)

Scoring defense – 81st (26.3 ppg)

3rd-down conversion defense – 36th .326 (14-for-43)

4th-down conversion defense – 110th .800 (4-for-5)

First downs defense – Tied for 20th (55 opponent 1st downs)

Fumbles recovered – Tied for 58th (2)

Passes intercepted – Tied for 32nd (4)

Passing yards allowed – Tied for 49th (218.3)

Passing yards per completion – 88th (10.88)

Red zone defense – Tied for 33rd .750 (6-for-8)

Team passing efficiency defense – 79th (130.4; Oregon State ranks first at 67.02)

Team sacks – Tied for 95th (1.33 spg)

Team tackles for loss – Tied for 56th (6 per game)

Turnovers gained – Tied for 47th (6)

KU senior JaCorey Shepherd (24) makes a move for good yards on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Memorial Stadium.

KU senior JaCorey Shepherd (24) makes a move for good yards on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Memorial Stadium. by Richard Gwin

SPECIAL TEAMS --->

Blocked kicks – None

Blocked kicks allowed – Tied for 84th (1)

Blocked punts – None

Blocked punts allowed – Tied for 1st (0)

Kickoff return defense – Tied for 86th (22 ypr)

Kickoff returns – 22nd (25.3 ypr)

Net punting – 19th (41.4 ypp)

Punt return defense – 68th (7.9 ypr)

Punt returns – 17th (17.3 ypr)

The Kansas Jayhawks sing to the student section after fending off a late charge by Southeast Missouri State to win 34-28 on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 at Memorial Stadium.

The Kansas Jayhawks sing to the student section after fending off a late charge by Southeast Missouri State to win 34-28 on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 at Memorial Stadium. by Nick Krug

MISCELLANEOUS --->

Fewest penalties – Tied for 77th (24)

Fewest penalties per game – Tied for 103rd (8)

Fewest penalty yards – 84th (219)

Fewest penalty yards per game – 104th (73)

Time of possession – 50th (30 mpg)

Comments

Matt Tait 7 years ago

Good call. I was just about to post that. Thought Kirk did a nice job with it.

Chris Bailey 7 years ago

Fumbles lost and turnovers lost are two of the three categories we rank in the top 50 in. Wow. With the exception of rushing yards per game and throw out the meaningless stats we rank no better than top 100. Which is great especially since we've played such football juggernauts as SEMO, CMU and Duke. Grabbing at anything we can to put a positive spin on what this team has done thus far. Just wait until we play Texas tomorrow and several of those stats that haven't yet reached the 100's will be there such as tackles for loss allowed, Interceptions thrown, Sacks allowed, and tackles for loss allowed. The only reason our red zone offense as high as it is is because we rarely get in the red zone. To me this article while has some information in it just shows how terrible this team really is at this point. And just points out more glaring problems we have going forward.

Matt Tait 7 years ago

Yeah, there's no doubt. It wasn't meant to try to make the team look good or bad, just a concrete look at where they stand when put up against the rest of the FBS... And, clearly, they've got some work to do. What's more, improving too much is going to be very tough in Big 12 play.

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