Kansas Vs. Northern Illinois: Tale Of The Tape







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National Conf Actual Category Actual Conf National
Advantage Rank Rank Rank Rank
Kansas
53
9
178.33
Rushing Offense 177.67
5
54
Kansas 92
9
205.33
Passing Offense 203.33
9 94
Kansas 74
10
383.67
Total Offense 381
7
76
NIU
102
10
20.33
Scoring Offense 31
5
56
Kansas 78
10
174.33
Rushing Defense 229.33
10
112
NIU 60
9
124.04
Pass Efficiency Defense 107.61
1
31
NIU 91
9
433.67 Total Defense 369.33
4
58
Kansas 44
7
20.67
Scoring Defense 21.67
2
49
Kansas 11
2
41.64
Net Punting 37.70 4
56
Kansas 49
7
10.33
Punt Returns 5.33
10
88
NIU 117
10
13
Kickoff Returns 19.44
8
79
Kansas
11
3
1.67
Turnover Margin -1
8
94
NIU 87
8
259.33
Pass Defense 140
1
7
NIU 116
10
99.38
Passing Efficiency 154.68 2 31
NIU 55
6
2
Sacks 3
2
15
NIU 74
8
5.33
Tackles For Loss 7.67
2
23
PUSH 52
9
1.67
Sacks Allowed 1.67
5
52

Again, very hard to really get a good gauge on NIU based on a statistical overview especially defensively. The Army game did a lot for their pass defense and it destroyed the run defense, but that's Army.

The bad news is that Kansas took a bit of a slide in most of the offensive categories last week which is very similar to what we saw a year ago during league play. The worse news is that we weren't starting from nearly as high of a peak as we did during the non-con schedule a year ago.

The good news is that visually there are obvious positives and improvements in this Jayhawk team. Defensively they managed very well against a legitimate opponent a week ago. This week is a huge opportunity for that same defensive unit to build some confidence because and try to carry that into league play.

Offensively these two teams are very similar statistically, NIU just appears to have an advantage on the defensive side of the ball but that again goes back to the Army game. I think both offenses will be able to move the ball better than their season averages, it's just a matter of who finishes. I'd like to say that the Kansas offense controls it's own destiny while the Kansas defense could dictate things for NIU, but that's probably looking through the crimson and blue glasses.

Fact is NIU is a 10 point favorite for a reason and until Kansas can show the ability to turn the corner at home, it's hard to go crazy with optimism on the road. That doesn't mean I don't want to though.

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