12/12 BAYLOR (6-1, 3-1) vs. NR/NR KANSAS (2-5, 0-4)
Nov. 1, 2014 | 3:00 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | McLane Stadium (45,140)
TV: FOX Sports 1
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OPPONENT: Kansas Jayhawks
ODB GAME HUB: Baylor Bears vs. Kansas Jayhawks 2014
ODB PREDICTS: Baylor vs. KU (not up yet)
MEET THE PRESS: Baylor vs. KU
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: KUAthletics.com
WEST VIRGINIA MEDIA GUIDE: Click for "virtual guide" (click here for depth chart)
LAST MEETING: 59-14 Baylor win in 2013 | ODB Game Hub
LAST GAME (for KU): 34-21 L vs. Texas Tech
SB NATION BLOG: Rock Chalk Talk, at right
SPREAD: Baylor -36 (Open: Baylor -33.5)
TV COVERAGE: FOX Sports 1
WEATHER FORECAST: Sunny skies with winds out of the East at 10-15 mph. High of 71º F (Wunderground puts the temp at 69º at game time).
BAYLOR UNIFORMS: Unknown
Stripe the Stadium
HEY. BAYLOR IS STRIPING THE STADIUM FOR KANSAS. THAT MEANS YOU SHOULD WEAR EITHER GREEN OR GOLD DEPENDING ON YOUR SECTION. I DON'T CARE ABOUT YOUR LUCKY PANTS OR THE JACKET YOU WORE TO THE BLUEBONNET BOWL. WEAR THE COLORS AT THE LINK AT RIGHT. DO IT. IT'S NOT HARD.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that Charlie Weis was fired less than a month into the Jayhawks' season. Kansas seems to have improved at least somewhat without Weis at the helm. As Prashanth put it on last week's podcast, Kansas is now Power 5 Conference bad instead of simply being objectively terrible according to everyone's standards. That improvement is a good thing, but make no mistake, they're still really bad.
Should be noted they're coming off a bye, though.
2014 Kansas Jayhawks Schedule
|SE Missouri St. Redhawks||Saturday, September 06 2014||win 34-28||coverage|
|@ Duke Blue Devils||Saturday, September 13 2014||loss 3-41||coverage|
|Central Michigan Chippewas||Saturday, September 20 2014||win 24-10||coverage|
|Texas Longhorns||Saturday, September 27 2014||loss 0-23||coverage|
|@ West Virginia Mountaineers||Saturday, October 04 2014||loss 14-33||coverage|
|Oklahoma State Cowboys||Saturday, October 11 2014||loss 20-27||coverage|
|@ Texas Tech Red Raiders||Saturday, October 18 2014||loss 21-34||coverage|
|@ Baylor Bears||Saturday, November 01 2014||4:00 PM EDT||coverage|
|Iowa St. Cyclones||Saturday, November 08 2014||12:00 PM EST||coverage|
|TCU Horned Frogs||Saturday, November 15 2014||12:00 PM EST||coverage|
|@ Oklahoma Sooners||Saturday, November 22 2014||12:00 PM EST||coverage|
|@ Kansas State Wildcats||Saturday, November 29 2014||12:00 PM EST||coverage|
KU is now 2-5 on the season after losing two weeks ago in Lubbock. They're still searching for their first confernce win of 2014, and hopefully it won't come this week at our expense! Things are looking up for the Jayhawks in the post-Weis era, and they seem to be playing significantly better, almost like a gigantic weight has been lifted from their shoulders...
Kansas' Individual Statistics in 2014
|3||Joe Dineen Jr.||1||1||100.0||5||5.0||5.0||0||0||142.0|
Don't let the split stats fool you-- Kansas doesn't have a QB controversy. Michael Cummings, the 5-10, 210-pound junior, is The Man in Lawrence now that Weis has waddled off into the sunset. I won't say he's played well, since he hasn't really, but "well" is relative, right? He's thrown a ton of incomplete passes and doesn't really go deep much, if at all. As you'll see below, he's also run quite a bit and not to positive results.
|6||Joe Dineen Jr.||14||45||3.2||0||14||45||3.2||0|
True freshman Corey Avery, a name that should be familiar to close observers of our own recruiting, is the leading rusher for the Jayhawks this season. I think he's going to be really good if KU can get a line in front of him. There's not a lot of difference between Avery and De'Andre Mann, if we're telling the truth.
I don't have much to say for these guys. What they lack in star power, they make up for in the fact that KU has a Pierson again. Am I the only one to remember their last Pierson? Is it a different Pierson? Inquiring minds want to know.
Kansas Team Stats and Rankings
Someone I need to mention that I didn't get to above because he plays defense is Kansas LB Ben Heeney. He's a legitimate all-conference contender and one of the bright spots of Kansas' teams the last couple of years. He also leads a KU defense is probably better than you expected, especially considering how awful they've been the last few years. No, KU's problems aren't really on defense. It's that they are horrendous on offense.
- FIRST -- Do you have any specific questions about KU that we can have answered? I'm doing a Q&A with the KU site later this week that would be a perfect opportunity to ask.
- SECOND -- Overall feelings seem to have cratered a bit coming off the loss against WVU. That's understandable. What can Baylor do this week to make you feel even somewhat better?
- THIRD -- Biggest concern about the team right now? OL? QB play? The secondary?
- FOURTH -- Give me your favorite gif of all time (make sure it's family-friendly, if possible). That's not about the game. I just want to see some gifs.
- FIFTH -- What uniform combo do you want to see for Homecoming? I'd put money on the traditional gold-green-gold.