Big 12 Wire: KU looking to improve to three wins

By Darnell Pointer

Sports Blogger

@Darnell_Pointer

 

(O’Colly File Photo)

Last year, the Jayhawks were projected to win 1.5 games. They won two. This year, they are projected to win 2.9.
For years, Kansas has been the little brother in the Big 12, but coach David Beaty looks to put Rock Chalk back on the map for football. KU has a quarterback battle between Carter Stanley and Peyton Bender. Stanley is a returning sophomore who tallied 959 passing yards and six touchdowns. Bender is junior transfer from Itawamba Community College. Bender was also a backup quarterback at Washington State in 2015, where he racked up 498 passing yards and three touchdowns.

KU had the best passing defense in the Big 12 last season, but it needs to worry about its front seven, which gave up 237 rushing yards per game. If the Jayhawks want to have any chance of improvement, they are going to need to fix the little things. KU ranked last in the Big 12 in first downs, averaging 17.8 per game, and ninth in time of possession, averaging 27 minutes per game. The Jayhawks will get rematches from last year’s wins with Ohio on Sept. 16 and Texas on Nov. 11.

 

Schedule

Sept. 2: Southeast Missouri
Sept. 9: Central Michigan
Sept. 16: at Ohio
Sept. 23: West Virginia
Oct. 7: Texas Tech
Oct. 14: at Iowa State
Oct. 21: at TCU
Oct. 28: Kansas State
Nov. 4: Baylor
Nov. 11: at Texas
Nov. 18: Oklahoma
Nov. 25: at Oklahoma State

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