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Kansas vs. Texas Tech Tale of the Tape

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National Conf Actual Category Actual Conf National
Advantage Rank Rank Rank Rank
Kansas 63  7
145.57 Rushing Offense 69.63 12 118
Tech 2 329.43 Passing Offense 418.88 1 1
Tech 5
3
475.00 Total Offense 488.50 2 4
Tech 10
5
35.14 Scoring Offense 40.00 2 5
Kansas 16
3
98.29 Rushing Defense 129.25 8 57
Tech 68 9
127.34 Pass Efficiency Defense 119.97 6 46
Kansas 51 5
344.86 Total Defense 367.75 8 73
Kansas 53
7
22.71 Scoring Defense 23.75 9 62
Tech 104 11 33.13 Net Punting 33.50 10 97
Tech 74
9
8.13 Punt Returns 9.72 7 53
Tech 64 7 21.48 Kickoff Returns 24.61 3 T-21
Kansas T-48 6
.29 Turnover Margin -.75 12 103
Tech 100
10
246.57 Pass Defense 238.50 8 91
Tech 27
3
143.43 Passing Efficiency 156.34 2 11
Tech T-24
4
2.71 Sacks 3.00 2 T-11
Kansas 28
3
6.86 Tackles For Loss 6.5
6 39
Kansas 71
9
2.14 Sacks Allowed 2.63
11 93

 

For sake of comparison last years Tech team ranked 1st in sacks allowed, 68th in rushing offense, 12th in rushing defense, 58th in total defense and 27th in turnover margin at the time of the Kansas game.  In short there are some big differences between this years Tech team and last years. 

Of course the game is in Lubbock and it should come as no surprise that Tech still has one of the most potent offenses in the country. 

Areas Kansas can exploit this Tech team are in committing to the run and using it to control the clock and minimize mistakes offensively.  On the defensive side of the ball, pressure the quarterback and force mistakes.  If you take into account that Kansas' best offensive player has been a bit of a turnover machine lately, then the defense must be doing something right and needs to continue to do so against Tech.

The biggest concern though has to be which Tech team shows up and on that note which Kansas team shows up.  This is a bit of a mystery to me, my only hope is that Mike Leach's fat girlfriend's comment does more harm than good, Kansas comes out and plays mistake free football and manages a big win on the road which has proven pretty tough in the Big 12. 

If Kansas can win this one, and that's a decent sized if, they can jump back into the drivers seat in the minds of some before heading to Manhattan for a must win in the North.