Nov 10, 2012; Lubbock, TX, USA; Kansas Jayhawks running back James Sims (29) rushes against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the first half at Jones AT

The Pregame: Jayhawks Kickoff Season Against South Dakota

Nov 3, 2012; Waco, TX, USA; The Kansas Jayhawks mascot rests on the field during the fourth quarter between the Jayhawks and the Baylor Bears at Floyd Casey Stadium. The Bears defeated the Jayhawks, 41-14. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

VITALS

Time: 6 p.m.

TV: Metro Sports, ESPN 3

Radio: 610 KCSP

History: KU leads the series, 1-0

Weather: A cool 97-degrees, partly cloudy, with a chance of dehydration.

MOTIVATIONAL VIDEO

THREE 2 WATCH

1. Jake Heaps

Well, duh.

Kansas had all kinds of issues at the quarterback position last season, so it is almost impossible for Heaps to be worse. We think. We hope.

2. Secondary

There are lots of new faces around the Kansas starting lineup, but the secondary features the most new faces of any of the other position groups. Three of the four projected starters were not even with the program last season. Saturday night could be a bumpy ride.

3. Special Teams

Charlie Weis put a lot of emphasis on improving the talent of his specialists. It’ll be interesting to see if there is a noticeable difference or not with the unit.

TAILGATE BEER

Game one of the new season has to ushered in with a refreshing Wheat State Golden from Free State Brewing Company. Choose Wheat State Golden partly because it is delicious, and mostly because it will be freaking hot outside. Nothing spells hydration like a wheat beer, am I right?

SOUTH DAKOTA COYOTES

1. 1-11

South Dakota was 1-11 in 2012, but did win their 2013 opener last week 10-7 over UC Davis. They didn’t look very good doing it, however. The Coyotes totaled 286 yards of offense, of which only 91 were via the air. Josh Vander Maten, USD’s quarterback, rushed for the game’s only touchdown.

2. Rushing Defense

James Sims and the gang could have a big day on Saturday if the Coyotes defend the run like the did last weekend. UC Davis rushed for 167 yards and averaged 4.6 yards per carry against USD.

3. Rushing Offense

On the other hand, KU’s defense may have a tough time containing the Coyotes running game. USD ran for 225 yards in their opener. Trevor Bouma led the team with 95 yards on 17 carries. Jordan Roberts added 67 more on 10 carries.

ROCK CHALK, JAYHAWK!

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