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The Pregame: KU’s Takes Another Shot at a Big 12 Win


VITALS

Time: 11 a.m.

TV: Fox Sports Kansas City

Radio: 610 AM KCSP

History: West Virginia leads the series 2-0

Line: WVU, -7

THREE 2 WATCH

1. Turnovers

Big plays have been a killer for the Jayhawks this season, and many of them have been aided by turnovers. Fortunately, the opponent has a similar big play/turnover problem as the Jayhawks. Limiting massive mistakes and taking advantage of West Virginia’s is something that is easy to say, but hard to do for Kansas.

2. Points

Again, obvious. Again, easier said than done for the Jayhawks.

West Virginia is allowing 31.7 points per game this season. If Kansas is held to just garbage time points again, there have to be significant changes to the offensive coaching staff at the end of the season. Excuses are running low.

3. KU Secondary

This is where the game will be won or lost from the defensive end. West Virginia has had a lot of issues at quarterback, particularly when Paul Millard is in the game. His 18.3 QBR last week against Texas was a key reason as to why the Mountaineers couldn’t pull of the upset. There are plays to be had for the KU secondary if they come to play.

ONE BOURBON, ONE SCOTCH, ONE BEER

WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS

1. Charles Sims

Sims is the Mountaineer offense. He leads the team with 847 yards rushing and eight touchdowns, and has an additional 342 yards receiving with two touchdowns. He’s a handful for everybody.

2. Defense

West Virginia’s defense is improved but not enough to be considered a good defense. They are allowing 31.7 points per game (93rd in the nation) and rank in the bottom half of the league in most categories.

3. Bowl Game

At four wins, West Virginia is two games short of bowl eligibility with two games remaining. The good news for them is they have Kansas and Iowa State remaining on their schedule. Expect them to come out with a lot of energy even though they lost a heart-breaker to Texas as they still have a lot to play for.

ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK!


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