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Kansas at Rutgers: Three-minute college football preview

Rutgers quarterback Chris Laviano called signals during a game against Washington State on Sept. 12.
Rutgers quarterback Chris Laviano called signals during a game against Washington State on Sept. 12. The Associated Press

When/where: 11 a.m. Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, N.J.

TV/radio: Big Ten Network; KCSP (610 AM)

The series: First meeting

The line: Rutgers by 12  1/2

KANSAS (0-2, 0-0 Big 12)

Date

Opponent

Result/time

Sept. 5

South Dakota State

L, 41-38

Sept. 12

Memphis

L, 55-23

Sept. 26

at Rutgers

11 a.m.

Oct. 3

at Iowa State

11 a.m.

Oct. 10

Baylor

TBA

Oct. 17

Texas Tech

TBA

Oct. 24

at Oklahoma State

TBA

Oct. 31

Oklahoma

TBA

Nov. 7

at Texas

7 p.m.

Nov. 14

at TCU

TBA

Nov. 21

West Virginia

TBA

Nov. 28

at Kansas State

TBA

RUTGERS (1-2, 0-1 Big Ten)

Date

Opponent

Result/time

Sept. 5

Norfolk State

W, 63-13

Sept. 12

Washington State

L, 37-34

Sept. 19

at Penn State

L, 28-3

Saturday

Kansas

11 a.m.

Oct. 10

Michigan State

7 p.m.

Oc. 17

at Indiana

2:30 p.m.

Oct. 24

Ohio State

7 p.m.

Oct. 31

at Wisconsin

TBA

Nov. 7

at Michigan

TBA

Nov. 14

Nebraska

TBA

Nov. 21

at Army

11 a.m.

Nov. 28

Maryland

TBA

What’s at stake

The number has been recited ad nauseam by now, but here it is again: Kansas has lost 30 straight true road games — and suffered 33 straight losses away from Lawrence. This could be the Jayhawks’ best chance to snap the streak. Rutgers sits at 1-2 and its head coach, Kyle Flood, is in the midst of a three-game suspension. The Scarlet Knights have lost a home game to Washington State, a team that also lost to an FCS team in its season opener. The Jayhawks are catching Rutgers at the right time. Will it matter?

Cheers if …

Kansas quarterback Montell Cozart connects on some deep balls. For parts of three seasons, Cozart’s biggest liability has been his accuracy — and the weakness is most evident on deep balls. Cozart said this week that the issue stems from his footwork. He’ll need to fix it to keep teams from stacking the box against the run.

Jeers if …

The Jayhawks’ passing defense continues to struggle. In two games, Kansas is surrendering 331.5 yards per game in the air, which ranks last in the Big 12. In addition, opponents are averaging 11.1 yards per attempt.

Three things about Rutgers

1 The quarterback position is complicated. Junior quarterback Chris Laviano was suspended for the first half of the season opener, but returned to start Rutgers’ last two games. Laviano is completing 72 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and three interceptions, but LSU transfer Hayden Rettig, who started the opener, has a strong arm and appeared solid in the opener. He’s making a push for more time.

2 Before being suspended for three games earlier this month, Rutgers coach Kyle Flood had guided the Scarlet Knights to three bowl games in his first three seasons. That run included an 8-5 record last season — the program’s first year in the Big Ten.

3 Some history: One of the oldest college programs in the country, Rutgers has been called “The Birthplace of College Football.” On Nov. 6 1869, Rutgers edged Princeton 6-4 in what is widely considered the first college football game.

Key matchup

Rutgers’ rushing attack vs. the KU defense: The Scarlet Knights have two rushers — Josh Hicks and Robert Martin — averaging more than 6 yards per carry. Hicks, a 5-foot-11, 215-pound sophomore, is logging most of the heavy work, rushing 41 times for 258 yards in three games. To notch an upset, the Jayhawks’ defense has to be sound in filling the run gaps.

KANSAS OFFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

WR

5

Bobby Hartzog

5-11

189

So.

WR

11

Tre’ Parmalee

5-10

171

Sr.

LT

79

Jordan Shelley-Smith

6-5

296

Jr.

LG

76

Bryan Peters

6-3

298

Sr.

C

70

Keyon Haughton

6-2

290

Sr.

RG

62

De’Andre Banks

6-3

309

Jr.

RT

78

Larry Mazyck

6-8

343

Sr.

TE

84

Ben Johnson

6-5

234

So.

WR

16

Steven Sims

5-10

170

Fr.

QB

2

Montell Cozart

6-2

193

Jr.

RB

22

Ke’aun Kinner

5-9

180

Jr.

K

14

Nick Bartolotta

5-6

190

So.

KANSAS DEFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

DE

10

Ben Goodman

6-3

253

Sr.

DT

99

Corey King

6-1

295

Sr.

DT

96

Daniel Wise

6-3

271

Fr.

DE

13

Damani Mosby

6-3

239

Jr.

LB

28

Courtney Arnick

6-2

207

Jr.

LB

5

Marcquis Roberts

6-1

220

Jr.

NB

30

Tevin Shaw

5-11

194

Jr.

CB

8

Brandon Stewart

6-0

171

Jr.

S

9

Fish Smithson

5-11

193

Jr.

S

22

Greg Allen

5-11

212

Jr.

CB

19

Tyrone Miller, Jr.

6-0

180

Fr.

P

16

Ruben Guzman

5-8

190

Sr.

RUTGERS OFFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

WR

13

Carlton Agudosi

6-6

220

Jr.

LT

74

Keith Lumpkin

6-8

325

Sr.

LG

60

Dorian Miller

6-3

285

So.

C

69

Derrick Nelson

6-3

295

Jr.

RG

70

Chris Muller

6-6

310

Jr.

RT

77

J.J. Denman

6-6

305

Jr.

TE

42

Nick Arcidiacono

6-5

240

Jr.

WR

88

Andre Patton

6-4

200

Jr.

QB

5

Chris Laviano

6-3

210

So.

FB

44

Sam Bergen

6-0

250

Sr.

RB

34

Paul James

6-0

215

Sr.

K

1

Kyle Federico

6-0

190

Sr.

RUTGERS DEFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

DE

22

Quanzell Lambert

6-1

260

Jr.

NT

51

Sebastian Joseph

6-4

295

So.

DT

53

Julian Pinnix-Odrick

6-5

275

Jr.

DE

93

Djwany Mera

6-4

265

Sr.

LB

3

Steve Longa

6-1

225

Jr.

LB

14

Kaiwan Lewis

6-0

230

Sr.

LB

50

Quentin Gause

6-1

235

Sr.

CB

11

Isaiah Wharton

6-1

210

Fr.

S

31

Anthony Cioffi

6-0

200

Jr.

S

29

Davon Jacobs

6-0

195

Jr.

CB

10

Blessuan Austin

6-1

185

Fr.

P

36

Spencer Smith

6-1

175

So.

Rustin Dodd’s pick: Rutgers 38-20

Rutgers is a program wading through some early-season wreckage. Kansas is a team that desperately needs a road win. The Jayhawks are still young, though, and that win probably won’t come this week. Watch the offense, though. Will we see another quarterback besides starter Montell Cozart?

Kansas football travels to Rutgers on Saturday, Sept. 26 for its first road game of the year. On Tuesday, KU coach David Beaty talked about his team's extra week of preparation.

To reach Rustin Dodd, call 816-234-4937 or send email to rdodd@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rustindodd.

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