Oklahoma State’s running game gashed West Virginia last week, so Kansas football’s defense will need to be sharp against the Cowboys.
Kansas football’s defense was not great last year, and things aren’t looking much better this season. The Jayhawks have given up 38 and 47 points in their first two games, and things won’t get any easier this Saturday against the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Oklahoma State has the best running back in college football with Chuba Hubbard, who rushed for over 2,000 yards last season. He’s a legit Heisman candidate, and he’ll be a lot to handle for the Jayhawk defense. Just last week against West Virginia, Hubbard rushed for over 100 yards plus a touchdown, but he wasn’t the only running back that had a monster day against the Mountaineers.
Senior LD Brown also had a big day, rushing for over 100 yards and a touchdown of his own. The tandem of Hubbard and Brown will have to be contained by the Jayhawks and defensive coordinator DJ Elliot, or things are bound to get out of hand quickly like last season. The Cowboys took a 24-0 lead into halftime against the Jayhawks in Stillwater back in 2019, and they didn’t look back defeating Kansas 31-13.
The bottom line is that Kansas will have to do something different on defense than what they’ve been doing because the schemes we’ve been seeing have not been working. So far, the Jayhawks have given up almost 200 rushing yards per game this season which must have Oklahoma State’s offense foaming at the mouth.
Kansas football is set to kick off against Oklahoma State this Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN. Let’s hope that the Jayhawks bring their A-game and a new attitude on defense against the Cowboys, or it could end up being a very long afternoon.