Sep 22, 2012; DeKalb, IL, USA; Kansas Jayhawks running back James Sims (29) rushes the ball against the Northern Illinois Huskies during the second quarter at Huskie Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE

Kansas Football: How to Beat Kansas State

Seventh-ranked Kansas State Wildcats host the Kansas Jayhawks Saturday morning at 11:00 central time. Here are a few ways for Kansas to knock off their ranked in-state rival.

1. Run the football: The Jayhawks have a great trio of backs. James Sims, Tony Pierson and Taylor Cox, can all break a play open at any time. With a stacked running game in play, it would lessen quarterback Dayne Crist chances of forcing something and help make him better.

2. Slow Collin Klein down: Easier said then done. Nobody was able to shut down the Wildcats quarterback last season and so far this year. Klein has passed for 758 yards and five touchdowns so far this year, and rushed for 289 yards. Putting pressure on Klein could help.

3. Force turnovers: Kansas shut down TCU’s offense, forced three turnovers, and kept them at 20 points. The defense shut down Horned Frogs quarterback Casey Pachall. It can be done again, though defensive coordinator Dave Campo and crew are going to have to shut down Klein.

4. Use the Wildcat formation: Kansas used this to perfection in their loss to Northern Illinois. Casey Matthews ran the formation and it was an welcome sight for the team. Northern Illinois couldn’t stop it. Run this again, and show it more often.

5. Hope for a miracle: Kansas needs all the help they can get in this game with Kansas State. Anything can happen.


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