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Kansas Jayhawks v Kansas State Wildcats Tale of the Tape


 
 


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National Conf Actual Category Actual Conf National
Advantage Rank Rank Rank Rank
Kansas 23
4
206.83
Rushing Offense 206
5
25
Kansas 73
8
218.33
Passing Offense 130.17
10
114
Kansas 41
7
425.17
Total Offense 336.17
10
94
Kansas 41
7
31.67
Scoring Offense 29.33
9
58
Kansas State 116
10
227.17
Rushing Defense 96.83
2
16
Kansas State
129
10
172.72 Pass Efficiency Defense 122.77
4
49
Kansas State
120
10
565 Total Defense 345.67
4
37
Kansas State 120
10
49
Scoring Defense 19.5
2
21
Kansas State 52
7
37.18
Net Punting 37.67 5
40
Kansas State 109
10
3.33
Punt Returns 8.33
5
56
Kansas State 66
7
21.41
Kickoff Returns 26.44
2
11
Kansas State 96
8
-.67
Turnover Margin 1
2
11
Kansas State 119
9
337.83
Pass Defense 248.83
7
93
Kansas 13
3
158.68
Passing Efficiency 125.36 9
71
Kansas State 105
10
1
Sacks 2.17
4
41
Kansas State 102
10
4.67
Tackles For Loss 4.83
8
96
PUSH 81
6
2.33
Sacks Allowed 2.33
6
81

Well...this might be the game where we've had the most categories with an edge since Northern Illinois.  Kansas clearly has the edge on the offensive side of the ball but when you look at Kansas State it almost feels like you should just throw statistics out the window. 

The Wildcats don't put up gaudy numbers on the offensive side of the ball but they are very deliberate, focused and they have a plan that they execute fairly well.  Somehow they are consistently outgained, they aren't overly talented, but at the end of the day the scoreboard works in their favor.

A big part of that is the effectiveness on the defensive side of the ball and the overall opportunistic nature of this team in all three phases of the game.  As a fan of a team that feels like it's more often than not falling short, it is interesting, frustrating, but almost fun to watch a team that exceeds expectations through effort, execution and what appears to be an incredible coaching job.

Purely statistically speaking the most intriguing matchup comes in the run game.  Can the Jayhawk offense run the football effectively.  They have to in order to win the game and Kansas State is stout defensively against the run.  The other area that concerns me is the special teams play of Kansas State.  They single handedly kept the Wildcats in the game last week.  While Kansas has improved, there was a dropoff last week when Kansas played a talented OU team.

It's a rivalry game and they always say you can throw out the records, ignore stats and a variety of other cliche's that are meant to make you believe that any team can win on any given day.  I'll just say that after last year's disaster against the Wildcats, I hope we deliver on some level and at least lend some credence to those rivalry cliche's.  The matchup on paper supports the cause, but so far the eyeball test hasn't always worked in our favor.