The Pregame: Kansas Still Searching for First Big 12 Win

Nov 2, 2013; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns linebacker Steve Edmund (33) tackles Kansas Jayhawks halfback Darrian Miller (6) during the second quarter at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

VITALS

Time: 3 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports 1

Radio: 610 AM KCSP

History: OSU leads 32-29-2

Line: OSU, -31

MOTIVATIONAL VIDEO

THREE 2 WATCH

1. Rodriguez Coleman

Coleman is starting to emerge as a wide receivers who can make a play or two down field. If Kansas can find a possession receiver to mix in with Coleman then the offense could start to develop into something more constructive.

2. Third Down

Kansas is dead last in Big 12 in third down conversion rate at 24.1 percent. Same is true on defense where they rank ninth in third down conversions allowed. Kansas has zero shot at winning this game if they cannot improve significantly on third down.

3. Ben Heeney

KU’s best shot at winning this game is to force Clint Chelf to win it via the pass. To get to the point where that happens, Kansas has to shut down the running game. Heeney, not surprisingly, is going to be key in that effort.

ONE BOURBON, ONE SCOTCH, ONE BEER

OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS

1. Balance

Per Rustin Dodd of the KC Star, OSU is the only team in the country to have a game where they had 500 yards passing and a game where they had 300 yards rushing. It should be noted, however, that the 500-yard passing game came against Texas-San Antonio and the starting quarterback was J.W. Walsh.

2. Clint Chelf

It is hard to put a finger on what kind of quarterback Chelf is for the Cowboys this season. He season high for yards passing in a game is 211 and he’s thrown four interceptions to just six touchdowns. His completion percentages in the last three games? 40, 38.5, and 52.9.

On the other hand, OSU has scored 110 points in their last two games, both started by Chelf.

3. Defense

OSU’s defense is one of the best in the conference. They rank in a tie for first in rushing yards per attempt and second pass defense efficiency through five Big 12 games. Scoring points is going to be a problem for KU moreso than most games.

ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK!

Topics: Kansas Jayhawks, Oklahoma State Cowboys

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