Sep 21, 2013; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks kicker Matthew Wyman (28) celebrates after kicking the winning field goal against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs in the second half at Memorial Stadium. Kansas won 13-10. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

The Pregame: Kansas Starts Big 12 Play in Lawrence


VITALS

Time: 11 a.m.

TV: Fox Sports 1

Radio: 610 AM

History: Texas Tech leads the series 13-1

Weather: Partly cloudy and 64-degrees with a 20% chance of rain. Wind up to 19 miles per hour.

Line: Tech, -17 1/2

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THREE 2 WATCH

1. Tony Pierson and Jake Heaps

Texas Tech has the second worst passing defense by yards per game in the Big 12 and has allowed a 60% of passes to be completed. If KU cannot get the passing game going today, then when will they?

2. Secondary

On the flip side, Kansas has one of the better secondaries in the Big 12 through the first three games of the season. How for real their numbers are will be tested by Tech’s Air Raid offense. KU needs the defense to come up big if the Jayhawks are going to snap their 21-game conference losing streak.

3. Charlie Weis

Run the freaking ball. TCU rushed for 207 yards against Tech, who allowed 4.7 yards per carry in that game. James Sims and the stable of running backs KU has at their disposal can shred this defense if KU makes it a priority to run the ball. Establishing the run should make it easier for Heaps to find open receivers in the passing game, and maybe get a big play from Tony Pierson.

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TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS

1. Baker Mayfield

A walk-on freshmen, Mayfield has been huge for the Red Raiders this season. He has a strong understanding of the offense and a good arm, though he will turn the ball over a lot. If Kansas can get him on the run, they should be able to force some turnovers. But if Mayfield has all day to throw then Mayfield will pick the Jayhawks apart.

2. Turnovers

Texas Tech owns the worst turnovers margin in the Big 12, and has a propensity to fumble almost as often as they throw interceptions. Yes, the downfield game is very explosive for them, but their turnovers can really derail what could be a dynamic offense.

3. Kliff Kingsbury

Texas Tech hasn’t faced too many quality opponents, so trying to figure out where Kingsbury stands as a in-game coach is kind of difficult. Matching his wits against Charlie Weis and Dave Campo should be interesting.

Also note that Kingsbury is the only Texas Tech quarterback to have ever lost to the Jayhawks. Maybe KU has his number?

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