University of Kansas

Three-minute preview: KU football at Texas Tech

Memphis defender Shareef White (right) knocked the ball away from Kansas quarterback Ryan Willis during the Tigers’ victory on Sept. 17.
Memphis defender Shareef White (right) knocked the ball away from Kansas quarterback Ryan Willis during the Tigers’ victory on Sept. 17. The Associated Press

When/where: 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas

TV/radio: Fox Sports 1; KCSP (610 AM)

The series: Texas Tech leads 16-1

The line: Texas Tech by 28  1/2

What’s at stake

Kansas will look to snap a 39-game winless streak away from Memorial Stadium.

Cheers if …

The Jayhawks are able to limit Texas Tech’s passing offense. The Red Raiders are the national leader in nearly every passing stat, while KU’s passing defense has been one of the team’s greatest strengths through the first three games. The pressure will be on KU defensive backs like Brandon Stewart, Marnez Ogletree and Derrick Neal to be at their best.

Jeers if …

KU is out of it at halftime … again. The Jayhawks don’t get a national television appearance often and staying competitive against Texas Tech would be a positive step for a program that needs all the good vibes it can get.

Jesse Newell’s pick: Texas Tech 44-21

KU isn’t as bad as the score looked following a 43-7 road loss to Memphis. The Jayhawks had six turnovers in that game — an outlier that shouldn’t repeat itself this week or any other time this season. Expect KU’s defense to have highlights, though the Jayhawks’ struggles offensively in the passing game will likely keep them from having a realistic chance at an upset.

Three things about Texas Tech

1. Texas Tech is averaging 61 points per game and has scored at least 55 in each of its three contests.

2. The Red Raiders defense has allowed 325 passing yards per game — a number that is tied for 123rd out of 128 FBS teams.

3. Texas Tech has won nine straight games against KU, which includes a 30-20 victory last year in Lawrence.

Key matchup

Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes vs. KU’s secondary: Texas Tech leads the nation with 548 passing yards per game, as opponents Stephen F. Austin, Arizona State and Louisiana Tech all failed to slow the Red Raiders’ attack. The Jayhawks, who have dramatically increased their pass breakups from last season, are ranked fifth nationally in pass defense while allowing 135 yards per game.

Jesse Newell: 816-234-4759, @jessenewell

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