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Kansas vs. Minnesota Tale of the Tape

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VS.
Conf National Actual Category Actual National Conf
Rank Rank Rank Rank
9 80 128.92 Rushing Offense 105.83 104 11
4 8 302.33 Passing Offense 216.42 57 4
7 22 431.25 Total Offense 322.25 91 10
8 27 32.67 Scoring Offense 23.42 82 9
5 32 126.67

Rushing Defense

146.83 70 7
4 70 129.92 Pass Effic. Defense 125.44 60 8
8 93 402.17 Total Defense 378.42 74 10
9 87 29.50 Scoring Defense 23.33 49 6
9 95 33.02 Net Punting 36.18 43 6
3 22 11.95 Punt Returns 10.24 43 3
12 118 17.40 Kickoff Return 23.46 22 2
6 T-46 .25 Turnover Margin 1.00 10 2
10 113 275.5 Pass Defense 231.58 88 10
7 20 146.12 Passing Efficiency 127.95 51 5
6 47 2.08 Sacks 2.5 T-25 4
4 34 6.33 Tackles for a Loss 6.75 22 3
9 T-94 2.33 Sacks Allowed 2.25 86 10

A lot of interesting matchups in this one and how they play out will tell us a lot about each of these leagues.  Are Big 12 offenses the reason for Kansas' low ranking defense or are they just a sub par unit.  The opposite question applies to Minnesota who while running a spread has been less than impressive with the 91st ranked offense in the country.  Is that due to their own shortcomings or is the Big 10 a much stronger defensive league. 

Small battles that will also be interesting to see play out include the Jayhawks lack of a pass rush vs. the Gophers apparent mild struggle to pass protect.  The other that strikes me is how the Gophers lower scoring offense does against a Kansas team that allows a lot of points. 

It's always hard to do a conference to conference comparison but if the common belief that the Big 10 is inferior at the moment to the Big 12 holds true I think Kansas' apparent on paper advantage should carry over to the game.  Again we'll see on Wednesday but I do like this matchup.