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Taking a short break from CFB Playoff angst to talk about Baylor's next opponent: the Kansas Jayhawks.

Shake the haters off, KU.  I like this helmet decal.
Shake the haters off, KU. I like this helmet decal.
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vs.
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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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).
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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.

Weisless Jayhawks

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

September
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
October
@ 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
November
@ 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

Quarterbacks
Passing
Rk Player Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate
1 Montell Cozart 62 125 49.6 693 5.5 3.8 5 7 98.2
2 Mike Cummings 49 88 55.7 594 6.8 6.2 2 2 115.3
3 Joe Dineen Jr. 1 1 100.0 5 5.0 5.0 0 0 142.0
4 T.J. Millweard 1 1 100.0 4 4.0 4.0 0 0 133.6
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CFB: View Original Table
Generated 10/28/2014.

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.

Running Backs
Rushing Receiving Scrimmage
Rk Player Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
1 Corey Avery 96 417 4.3 3 10 79 7.9 1 106 496 4.7 4
2 De'Andre Mann 75 362 4.8 0 7 60 8.6 0 82 422 5.1 0
3 Montell Cozart 51 58 1.1 0 1 5 5.0 0 52 63 1.2 0
4 Mike Cummings 33 28 0.8 2 33 28 0.8 2
5 Tony Pierson 20 155 7.8 1 16 191 11.9 1 36 346 9.6 2
6 Joe Dineen Jr. 14 45 3.2 0 14 45 3.2 0
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CFB: View Original Table
Generated 10/28/2014.

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.

Wide Receivers
Rushing Receiving Scrimmage
Rk Player Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
1 Jimmay Mundine 23 294 12.8 1 23 294 12.8 1
2 Nick Harwell 2 7 3.5 0 27 259 9.6 2 29 266 9.2 2
3 Nigel King 14 215 15.4 0 14 215 15.4 0
4 Tony Pierson 20 155 7.8 1 16 191 11.9 1 36 346 9.6 2
5 Justin McCay 9 135 15.0 2 9 135 15.0 2
6 Ben Johnson 5 51 10.2 0 5 51 10.2 0
7 Tre' Parmalee 1 7 7.0 0 1 7 7.0 0
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CFB: View Original Table
Generated 10/28/2014.

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

Statistic National
Rank
Conference
Rank
Value National Leader Value Conference
Leader
Value
3rd Down Pct 113 10 0.317 Georgia Tech 0.581 Kansas St. 0.505
3rd Down Pct Defense 47 5 0.370 Clemson 0.230 TCU 0.274
4th Down Pct 119 10 0.167 Missouri 0.889 Oklahoma 0.750
4th Down Pct Defense 97 8 0.636 Alabama 0.000 West Virginia 0.214
Blocked Kicks 20 3 2 Rutgers
Eastern Mich.
5
5
Oklahoma St.
Oklahoma
3
3
Blocked Kicks Allowed 91 6 2 49 teams tied 0 Oklahoma St.
Iowa St.
Texas Tech
0
0
0
Blocked Punts Temple 3 Oklahoma St.
Kansas St.
West Virginia
1
1
1
Blocked Punts Allowed 1 1 0 100 teams tied 0 9 teams tied 0
Completion Percentage 111 10 0.526 UCLA 0.710 West Virginia 0.680
Defensive TDs Washington 6 Oklahoma 3
Penalties 90 8 54 Navy 22 Kansas St. 25
Penalties Per Game 103 8 7.71 Navy 2.75 Kansas St. 3.57
Penalty Yards 89 6 474 Kansas St. 207 Kansas St. 207
Penalty Yards Per Game 102 7 67.71 Navy 27.13 Kansas St. 29.57
First Downs Defense 35 4 140 Florida 98 Baylor 127
First Downs Offense 118 10 117 West Virginia 223 West Virginia 223
Fumbles Lost 1 1 1 6 teams tied 1 Kansas 1
Fumbles Recovered 32 2 7 FIU 16 TCU 8
Kickoff Return Defense 121 9 27.53 Tulsa 14.82 Kansas St. 15.41
Kickoff Returns 45 4 22.27 Oklahoma 27.89 Oklahoma 27.89
Net Punting 25 4 39.98 Utah 44.11 Oklahoma St. 41.31
Passes Had Intercepted 83 8 9 Fla. Atlantic
Oregon
1
1
Kansas St. 3
Passes Intercepted 53 6 7 Ole Miss 17 TCU 13
Passing Offense 101 10 185.1 Washington St. 489.9 TCU 360.1
Passing Yards Allowed 67 5 232.0 San Jose St. 89.0 Texas 171.4
Passing Yards/Completion 81 8 11.47 Georgia Tech 19.78 Baylor 15.90
Punt Return Defense 41 5 5.45 Memphis -0.67 TCU 0.20
Punt Returns 19 2 13.73 Auburn 23.45 Kansas St. 22.42
Red Zone Defense 44 2 0.810 Mississippi St. 0.609 Kansas St. 0.700
Red Zone Offense 119 10 0.706 Florida St. 0.971 Iowa St. 0.960
Rushing Defense 84 8 179.3 Louisville 66.9 Kansas St. 99.3
Rushing Offense 77 8 151.1 Navy 352.3 Baylor 229.1
Sacks Allowed 98 10 2.57 Duke 0.57 Oklahoma 0.71
Scoring Defense 76 7 28.0 Ole Miss 10.5 Kansas St. 19.3
Scoring Offense 120 10 16.6 TCU 50.4 TCU 50.4
Tackles for Loss Allowed 90 8 6.57 Marshall 2.75 Baylor 3.86
Passing Efficiency 116 10 105.56 Oregon 193.01 Baylor 156.13
Passing Efficiency Defense 60 7 126.93 San Jose St. 86.08 Texas 106.99
Team Sacks 96 8 1.57 Utah 5.00 Baylor 3.43
Team Tackles for Loss 44 6 6.6 Clemson 9.8 TCU 8.0
Time of Possession 57 4 30:16 UTEP 36:20 Kansas St. 33:12
Total Defense 74 7 411.3 Louisville 243.9 Baylor 325.3
Total Offense 110 10 336.3 Baylor 579.0 Baylor 579.0
Turnover Margin 30 4 0.57 Georgia 1.86 TCU 1.71
Turnovers Gained 40 3 14 FIU 25 TCU 21
Turnovers Lost 32 6 10 Georgia 4 Kansas St. 6
Winning Percentage 102 9 0.286 Florida St.
Marshall
Mississippi St.
1.000
1.000
1.000
Baylor
TCU
Kansas St.
0.857
0.857
0.857

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.

QUESTION TIME!

  • 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.