The Kansas Jayhawks travel to face Northern Illinois in their final non-conference game of the season, as they look to end a two-game losing streak on Saturday. Here is a run-down of ways to defeat this MAC power. Northern Illinois lost their season opener to Iowa, 18-17. Since this game, the Huskies have won two straight including last weeks thrilling victory over Army, 41-40.
Control Jordan Lynch: Lynch stars as the Huskies starting quarterback this season. Last year, the Huskies had one of the more dynamic quarterbacks in the country at their disposal in Chandler Harnish. This year, Lynch has stepped right into the role of starting quarterback, without missing a beat. Lynch through three games has rushed for 304 yards and five touchdowns along with passing for 610 yards and five touchdowns with a passer rating of 157. Slow Lynch down and Kansas has a fighting chance.
Establish the running game: Northern Illinois has a veteran defensive squad which returns nine starters from last season. The Huskies are prone to giving up yards on the ground, just look at last week’s game vs Army. The Cadets rushed for 486 yards including having three backs go over the 100-yard mark in Raymond Maples, Larry Dixon, and quarterback Trent Steelman. The Jayhawks return number one back this week, James Sims to the duo of Tony Pierson and Taylor Cox.
Rush the line, force turnovers: The Kansas defensive line needs to come after an largely unproven offensive line that Northern Illinois brings to the table. Kansas so far has been good at forcing turnovers including four last week. Force some more vs Northern Illinois and you have a great shot at winning.
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