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Kansas vs. Texas: Tale of the Tape

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A statistical look at Saturday's matchup between Kansas and Texas

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE





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National Conf Actual Category Actual Conf National
Advantage Rank Rank Rank Rank
Texas 49
6
180.14
Rushing Offense 196
4
36
Texas 103
10
188.43
Passing Offense 261.29
7
44
Texas 89
9
368.57
Total Offense 457.29
6
31
Texas 114
10
17.29
Scoring Offense 44.43
4
6
Kansas 87
8
185.43 Rushing Defense 215.71
10
107
Kansas 88
7
138.47
Pass Efficiency Defense 143.33
8
98
Kansas 85
7
428.43 Total Defense 472.14
8
107
Kansas 89
7
31.43
Scoring Defense 35
8
102
Texas 102
9
34.47
Net Punting 42.36 2
6
Texas 45
8
10.33
Punt Returns 13.5
5
18
Texas 108
9
17.52
Kickoff Returns 26.21
3
12
Texas 55
6
0
Turnover Margin 1
2
18
Kansas 76
6
243
Pass Defense 256.43
8
90
Texas 118
10
97.25
Passing Efficiency 159.55 5 18
Texas 111
10
1
Sacks 2.43
3
36
Texas 113
10
4.29 Tackles For Loss 7.86
1
8
Texas 96
10
2.71
Sacks Allowed .86 3
14

This is the most categories that we've seen an advantage to Kansas in quite sometime. That's a bonus and honestly Kansas continues to improve in several statistical areas despite the blowout loss to Oklahoma. I think if this Jayhawk team had any semblance of a passing game and wasn't dead last in the red zone, we might actually have a different feel about this program right now. I know that's a pretty big component of the game, but we've been blown out twice in seven games while we've been competitive in five. I'd have to look back, but that sure feels like a better situation than a year ago. It's hard to keep that perspective when things are blowing up against teams like Kansas State and Oklahoma, but those are REALLY good teams.

For this game I think Kansas has an opportunity to move the ball. The Texas defense will give up yards. At the same time they do make plays and if they make a few big ones this could turn quickly. If Kansas can be precise, move the ball and eat up clock, then I think they might be able to take this game into the latter stages. I'm not saying Kansas can or will win because I think the Longhorn offense presents some challenges, but I think there's an opportunity for the Jayhawks to take a home game against a big name opponent and maybe build some confidence. Maybe that's too optimistic, but then again I missed most of the OU game for work reasons.