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Preview: Kansas Tries To Get Back On Track At Boston College

The Jayhawks travel to Boston College as heavy underdogs.

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A close victory in week one was the early warning sign. It didn’t take long for trouble to find its way to Lawrence. The Jayhawks struggled mightily against Coastal Carolina and it isn’t clear exactly what the problem was.

There isn’t much time for them to figure it out. They travel Friday to face a Boston College team that is better than expected. Will Les Miles and company be able to figure out how to utilize Pooka Williams and Khalil Herbert? 

These two teams have never faced each other, although Boston College is undefeated against former Jayhawk Ryan Willis, now the quarterback at Virginia Tech.

Game Details

  • When: FRI, SEP 13 at 6:30 PM CT
  • Where: Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, MA
  • Forecast: Partly Cloudy, A nice temp of 69
  • TV: ACC Network
  • Stream: WatchESPN
  • Betting Line: KU +21.0, O/U 53.0

Boston College Eagles (2-0)

The Eagles jumped out to a hot start this year. They won their season opener over conference foe Virginia Tech with an impressive offensive showing. Quarterback Anthony Brown has passed for 438 yards and 5 touchdowns. They have 5 players that average 4 or more yards per carry, led by AJ Dillon.

What they don’t have is a dominant defense. It’s very opportunistic, as they have 6 total turnovers on the season. But they give up yards in chunks. Whether that continues will be a huge factor for this team moving forward.

Kansas Jayhawks (1-1)

Last week can’t be classified as anything but a disaster. The offense put together a dominant drive on the back of Pooka-fueled misdirection. But that was all the scoring they would do, as suddenly everything was run right into the teeth of the defense. Les Miles and company need to quickly figure out how to best utilize their players if they want any hope in this one.

The defense will also need to find a way to stifle the dynamic running attack of Boston College. Given the struggles that they had last week, that may be too tall a task. If they do, it will be because Dru Prox and Darrius Moragne have gotten some big help from the rest of the front seven.

Keys To The Game For Kansas

Blocking – The offensive line was HORRENDOUS, being unable to block on pretty much any play. There were no holes in the middle for runs, and the pass rush got home all game long. If they don’t figure out how to block, this game will be over early.

Limit Mistakes – Carter Stanley has been responsible for all 5 of Kansas’ turnovers this season. He probably should have a couple more as well. He has to make good decisions for the Jayhawks to even have a chance.

Gameplanning – On both the offense and defense, the schemes seemed basic and ineffective. Misdirection on offense seems to work, but they actually have to use it. The defense needs to properly address the strengths of their opponents. Talent and performance is important, but it doesn’t matter if they aren’t set up to succeed.

Game Prediction

I’m not expecting much from this game, as the Jayhawks have a habit of making me look ridiculous. I’m hoping that they can keep it close for the first half, but I have a hard time seeing them consistently scoring. The defense won’t be a match for this strong rushing game. The line is huge, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see Boston College blow past it.

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