Texas looking for win, bowl eligibility against Kansas
It’s been almost 80 years since the Kansas Jayhawks beat the Texas Longhorns. Don’t expect that to change Saturday. The Longhorns haven’t been having a stellar season, true; they’re 5-5 this season, and coach Charlie Strong may not have a job come January. But as iffy as they are, the Jayhawks are worse – 1-9, with their only win against the Rhode Island Rams. This should be an easy one for Texas.
It’s also a crucial game for them. A win would make the Longhorns bowl-eligible. It probably won’t save Charlie Strong’s career, but that’s not exactly resting on any one game. With just bowl prospects resting on a Texas W, the ’Horns aren’t going to let this game slip out from under them.
Not that they have much to worry about. Kansas is among the worst in the nation in most stats. They’re tied for 104th in total yards (3,579) and 108th in yards per game (358). The Kansas offense ranks 21st in attempts (378), 20th in completions (233), and 114th in yards per passing attempt (6.3). Practically the only area in which they’re decent is passing offense, with 236.3 yards per game – they’re in the middle of the pack.
As if that weren’t enough, the Jayhawks are also relying on freshman quarterback Carter Stanley, who’s only thrown 70 passes this season. Compare that with the Longhorns’ defensive line, which ranks fourth nationally with 36 sacks. As a team, the Jayhawks have rushed for 1,216 yards all season – 397 fewer than Texas’ D’Onta Foreman alone.
The Jayhawks’ defense isn’t much better. They’re 120th nationally in points per game (39.3), 109th in total yards allowed (4,630) and 109th in yards per game (463). Texas’ offense, on the other hand, has seven 500-yard performances so far this season, which is the most in school history.
Simply put, the Jayhawks just don’t stand a chance this weekend. By early Saturday afternoon, we’ll know for sure that the Longhorns are going to a bowl game.