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Kansas vs. Texas Tech Tale of the Tape

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Conf National Actual Category Actual National Conf
Rank Rank Rank Rank
11 84 125.43 Rushing Offense 138.57 68 8
4 6 335.43 Passing Offense 418.43 1 1
6 14 460.86 Total Offense 557.00 2 1
7 24 33.86 Scoring Offense 45.86 T-5 4
3 29 109.71

Rushing Defense

92.43 12 2
3 34 112.43 Pass Effic. Defense 118.89 53 5
5 65 360.14 Total Defense 351.0 58 4
4 47 21.86 Scoring Defense 21.14 43 4
7 75 34.21 Net Punting 31.46 104 11
2 14 15.27 Punt Returns 11.38 37 5
12 118 15.45 Kickoff Return 23.78 23 6
8 54 .14 Turnover Margin .71 T-27 3
9 99 250.43 Pass Defense 258.57 103 10
7 14 156.19 Passing Efficiency 159.16 10 5
5 37 2.14 Sacks 2.57 25 3
4 35 6.29 Tackles for a Loss 4.57 100 11
9 73 2.0 Sacks Allowed .14 1 1

 

First and foremost I really think Texas Tech should strongly consider changing the official mascot to this picture of Bobby Knight.

Moving on to the tale of the tape and things that stand out...Kansas took a big hit in several defensive categories following the OU game but still kept the offensive output high and even improved on special teams.  I also find it interesting that despite Sam Bradford lighting up the Jayhawks, Kansas still has a better passing defense than Tech. 

Offensively it's hard to argue with what the Red Raiders have put up and the sacks allowed stat is pretty darn impressive, even with deeper than normal QB drop.  Defensively Tech has a formidable run defense but as an overall unit they are pedestrian against the pass.   

Similar to last week Kansas is slightly less effective in most categories than its opponent and no one can measure up to the Tech offense.  The difference here is in the level of competition.  I'm not here to argue about weak schedules, as Kansas fans we know as well as anyone how the chips can fall to make that happen.  What I am saying is that whether their fault or not Tech's numbers are possibly a bit inflated due to who they have faced to date. 

Regardless I am not big on playing a game on paper and I believe there are a multitude of other factors that will play into this game.  Take it for what it’s worth numbers are numbers and do tell part of the story when previewing a game and based on the numbers this is going to be a good one.