After falling to Rice last week, Kansas is reeling and hoping to pull of an upset of Big 12 conference newcomer TCU. The Horned Frogs clobbered Grambling State last week, 56-0. TCU is 16th-ranked in the AP Poll and 15th in the USA Today poll. The team like every other team in the country has ways to beat them. Here is a few:
Blitz the quarterback: TCU returned just five starters from last season’s team on both offense and defense. The team is centered around quarterback Casey Pachall who threw for 25 touchdown passes and seven interceptions last season. TCU lost three of their starters from last season’s offensive line. The team returns center James Fry and guard Blaize Foltz, though lost All-Mountain West guard Kyle Dooley and both tackles. Kansas needs to bring the rush and put pressure on these young lineman.
Cut down the turnovers: Kansas quarterback Dayne Crist has completed 33-64 passes for 313 yards on the season so far. He has two touchdown passes and three interceptions. Two of these interceptions happened last week vs Rice, including one that was crucial down the stretch, leading to Rice’s win. If Crist can control this, then Kansas has an improved chance.
Attack the secondary: TCU lost a number of players from last season’s squad in the defensive backfield. Tanner Brock, and Devin Johnson were dismissed from the team. TCU as a whole only return two players in the secondary. The Jayhawks need to take advantage of this factor and push the tempo with a balanced offensive attack of rushing and Crist through the air.
Run the Ball: Kansas running backs Tony Pierson and Taylor Cox each have over 200 rushing yards with Pierson at 244 and Cox at 200. If the two backs continue this torrid pace then Kansas has a fighting shot of winning.
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