The Baylor offensive machine continues to roll, and they’re take that firepower into Lawrence this week to face a struggling Kansas team. Not good news for the Jayhawks. Last season Baylor won the game 60-14, and this year a similar, if not worse, beating is expected. The Jayhawks simply don’t have the talent to match up with the Bears.
DATE & TIME: Sat, October 10th, at 11:00 am CST
WHERE: Memorial Stadium (Lawrence, KS)
FORECAST: Sunny, wind 10 mph, 61° F
TV: Fox Sports 1
BETTING LINE: Baylor -44 (77 o/u)
With an offense averaging 745.2 yards of offense, the Bears are just looking to continue doing what they have been doing, which is rack up video game numbers and make a statement against a lowly Kansas team. Baylor’s ultimate goal is to be a member of the four team playoff, and the worst-case scenario is to be derailed by a team like Kansas. They have to take care of business and win big in Lawrence if their future plans remain intact.
KEY PLAYERS FOR BAYLOR
There are so many to choose from on the Baylor side of the ball, but if Kansas has one advantage, it might be their ability to gain yardage in short yardage situations and to gain rushing yards on passing downs. For this reason, Shawn Oakman and Andrew Billings are the key players. If the defensive front can shut down any hope of a run game, this will be the absolute route that many expect.
KEYS TO THE GAME FOR BAYLOR
There is no reason the boys from Waco should not dominate this came. The key for them will be to come out mentally focused, play with energy, and not make the mistake of looking past the Jayhawks.
WHAT BAYLOR FANS WANT TO SEE
Baylor fans want to see their guys keep their foot on the gas. This team has a tendency at times to get sloppy and let lessor teams hang around (see SMU). After a convincing win last week, they do not want to see any lapse in focus or execution.
The hits just keep coming for this young team. They lost their third string quarterback last week and are now down to true freshman Ryan Willis. This group will have a character building experience as they try to slow down the #3 team in the country. Kansas has struggled so far in 2015 and the struggles extend back several years. Coach David Beaty is working to improve this squad, but KU is competing with a plethora of youngsters and luck keeps turning against them. They will need to rely will, persistence, and maybe a few lucky ball bounces to have a chance against the Goliath Bears on Saturday.
KEY PLAYERS FOR KANSAS
Ryan Willis – The true freshman quarterback will have to play smart and not try to do too much. Coach David Beaty has said they will try to create screens that play to his strengths and get the ball out of his hands quickly.
Taylor Cox – They get Taylor Cox back at running back and KU will need to establish a running game in order to take pressure off of Willis. Coach Beaty also talked about Cox’s leadership qualities. Those will need to be on display to give KU a chance.
KEYS TO THE GAME FOR KANSAS
Keep things simple for Ryan Willis, allowing for short throws and hand-offs. Kansas may also have to take some shots down the field, which Beaty acknowledged. The key is they will have to score, because he chances of allowing Baylor down are slim.
WHAT KANSAS FANS WANT TO SEE
KU has the second most first time starters throughout the country and most KU fans recognize they have a long way to go, but may finally be making progress. They are looking for all out effort and a chance to score points.
Kansas has lost 38 of its last 40 conference games and 5 in a row to Baylor. Look for that trend to continue. The talent is just too discrepant. Coach Beaty says his team is mentally and physically ready. They will need to be if they have any chance of making this one interesting. Baylor showed areas of weakness by letting SMU hang around a while and gave up 35 points to Texas Tech last week. This defense can be scored on and the hope for the fledgling KU offense is to get the ground game going and create a few big passing opportunities for their young QB. Oh, and somehow, find a bit of luck.