When/where: 11 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence
TV/radio: Fox Sports 1; KCSP (610 AM)
The series: Kansas leads 2-1
The line: Kansas by 10 1/2
Whats at stake
Momentum. After last weeks loss at Rice, Kansas has one more chance to improve on its 2012 victory total (yeah, it was one) before opening Big 12 play against Texas Tech on Oct. 5. In other words, if KU cant handle Louisiana Tech, it could be a long season. The Jayhawks can also snap a 22-game losing streak against teams from the Football Bowl Subdivision, dating back to a victory over Northern Illinois on Sept. 10, 2011.
Cheers if ...
The KU defense continues its improved play. Junior linebacker Ben Heeney is turning into a stud in the spine of the defense. A Hutchinson, Kan., native, Heeney finished with a career-high 18 tackles against Rice. The secondary, led by cornerbacks JaCorey Shepherd and Dexter McDonald, also looked like a real-life Big 12 secondary.
Jeers if ...
Charlie Weis calls for more passing plays than rushing attempts. Last week, Rice stacked the box and the KU passing game struggled for the second straight week. Senior running back James Sims still finished with more than 100 yards rushing, and KU would be smart to call Sims number more than 20 times this week.
Three things about Louisiana Tech
1 Former East Carolina and South Florida coach Skip Holtz is in his first season in charge at Louisiana Tech, taking over after head coach Sonny Dykes left for Cal last December. Like Kansas coach Charlie Weis, Holtz is a Notre Dame alum.
2 Louisiana Tech defensive end IK Enemkpali enters the weekend tied for first in the nation in both sacks per game (1 1/2) and total sacks (4 1/2).
3 The Bulldogs are well represented in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, with former Chiefs offensive lineman Willie Roaf joining quarterback Terry Bradshaw and defensive end Fred Dean in Canton in 2012.
KUs receivers vs. their own mistakes: For two weeks, Kansas has been plagued by drops in the passing game. Charlie Weis said KU completed 29 of 31 passes in a practice before the Rice game. He also shook up the starting unit this week. Will it pay off?
KANSAS (1-1, 0-0 Big 12)
|Sept. 7||South Dakota||W, 31-14|
|Sept. 14||at Rice||L, 23-14|
|Saturday||Louisiana Tech||11 a.m.|
|Oct. 5||Texas Tech||TBA|
|Oct. 12||at TCU||TBA|
|Nov. 2||at Texas||2:30 p.m.|
|Nov. 9||at Oklahoma State||TBA|
|Nov. 16||West Virginia||TBA|
|Nov. 23||at Iowa State||TBA|
|Nov. 30||Kansas State||TBA|
LA. TECH (1-2, 0-1 C-USA)
|Aug. 31||North Carolina State||L, 40-14|
|Sept. 7||Lamar||W, 27-14|
|Sept. 12||Tulane||L, 24-15|
|Saturday||at Kansas||11 a.m.|
|Sept. 28||Army||3 p.m.|
|Oct. 5||at UTEP||6:30 p.m.|
|Oct. 19||North Texas||2:30 p.m.|
|Oct. 26||at Florida International||TBA|
|Nov. 9||Southern Miss||6 p.m.|
|Nov. 16||at Rice||6 p.m.|
|Nov. 23||Tulsa||6:30 p.m.|
|Nov. 30||at UTSA||2:30 p.m.|
|WR||11||Tre Parmalee||5-10||175 So.|
LA. TECH OFFENSE
LA. TECH DEFENSE
Rustin Dodds pick: Kansas 24-10
Louisiana Tech, playing at home last week, fell 24-15 to Tulane in its Conference USA opener. Thats the same Tulane program that finished 2-10 last season. If the KU defense plays as it did at Rice, the Jayhawks should score enough to win. But if the offense continues to limp along, itll be tough to feel too good about a win over Louisiana Tech.
| Rustin Dodd, email@example.com