The Kansas Jayhawks are bowl eligible, which is a phrase followers haven’t been capable of utter for much too lengthy and has led to a significant celebration in Lawrence.
However the job and season are usually not over, as Lance Leipold shall be fast to remind Jayhawk nation. And up subsequent is a street sport towards an up-and-down Pink Raiders staff lacking some key items.
Workforce: Texas Tech
Line: TTU -3.5 (opened TTU -4)
Texas Tech has been aggressive in many of the video games it has performed this yr, however have come up quick within the majority of its hardest video games. Other than shedding by 28 to Baylor and beating West Virginia by 38, 4 different Texas Tech Large 12 video games and two non-conference video games have been determined by 13 factors or much less.
The Pink Raiders responded to that Baylor beating by staying inside 10 of TCU—and main 17-13 heading into the fourth quarter—on the street. However Tech has solely received certainly one of its final 5 video games after knocking off Texas in extra time.
Gamers to Watch
Beginning quarterback Behren Morton has already been dominated out of this sport with an ankle damage he suffered towards TCU. This implies both Donovan Smith or Tyler Shough will begin towards Kansas. Smith has taken essentially the most snaps and thrown for essentially the most yards of all three (1,505 yards on 220 makes an attempt) however he additionally has eight interceptions to go together with 12 landing passes. Shough was the one who got here in for Morton towards TCU, however went simply 9-22 for 78 yards, a landing, and a decide.
Tech could have a brand new coach but it surely nonetheless likes to throw the ball across the area and there’s no scarcity of choices. Xavier White, Myles Value, and Jerand Bradley have all caught at the least 31 passes and gained at the least 335 yards. It is also getting receiver Trey Cleveland again from damage, in addition to two offensive linemen. Although lineman Ty Buchanan can be out for Saturday’s sport.
This passing assault additionally contains the Pink Raiders’ two-headed monster at operating again. SaRodorick Thompson and Tahj Brooks are practically similar in rushes (97 and 96) and yards (481 and 479) although Brooks has discovered the top zone six instances to Thompson’s three. However they’re additionally closely concerned within the passing sport. The 2 have a mixed 40 receptions out of the backfield for greater than 200 yards.
On protection, the Kansas offensive line should work arduous to cease Tyree Wilson. Wilson is second within the convention in sacks (7) and leads the convention in tackles for loss (14).
Matchups to Watch
Who will win between the Tech passing sport and Kansas secondary ought to be a significant factor within the final result of the sport. Tech averages 318 passing yards per sport but in addition throws practically two interceptions every sport. The Pink Raiders didn’t throw any interceptions and threw for greater than 300 yards of their two Large 12 wins however threw 9 interceptions within the 4 convention losses.
Three of the 4 convention losses additionally featured Tech’s opponent speeding for greater than 200 yards, which clearly is price noting contemplating what Devin Neal and the Jayhawks speeding assault simply did towards Oklahoma State.
That is the Jayhawks most winnable sport left on the schedule, regardless of being on the street. The Pink Raiders’ quarterback is unclear at this level, and Kansas has to really feel nice that whether or not it’s Jason Bean or Jalon Daniels enjoying, the offense ought to have loads of confidence. Final week was a celebration however I’m going to say it will get even higher on Saturday with win quantity seven.
Kansas 42, Texas Tech 31