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No. 3 Baylor at Kansas: Three-minute preview

Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman
Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman The Associated Press

When/where: 11 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence

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

The series: Baylor leads 10-4

The line: Baylor by 44  1/2

What’s at stake

In all likelihood, Kansas will receive a brutal reminder of how far it has to go as a program. Nobody expects the Jayhawks to keep it remotely close against No. 3 Baylor, and perhaps that will take some pressure off. Kansas is 0-4 this season, and eight difficult Big 12 games remain. But the Jayhawks still have much to play for as they try to set a foundation for the future. Baylor, meanwhile, is a national title contender and every performance counts in the eyes of the College Football Playoff committee.

Cheers if ...

KU’s young players can gain some valuable experience. Freshman quarterback Ryan Willis will make his first career start, joining receiver Steven Sims and right tackle Larry Hughes on the first-team offense. A week ago, KU pulled the redshirts off true freshman linebacker Kendal Duckworth and offensive lineman Clyde McCauley, who lined up as a tight end in run packages.

Jeers if ...

KU fans don’t get to see Baylor’s 400-pound tight end, LaQuan McGowan, pull in a couple passes. McGowan, who is listed at 6 feet 7 and 410 pounds, has one catch this season.

Rustin Dodd’s pick: Baylor 73-17

Barring injury or some divine intervention, Baylor can probably pick the score. The Bears will likely roll up close to 50 points before halftime, but there’s no way Art Briles will keep his foot on the gas pedal late in the second half, right? Briles can be a bit of a renegade, but we don’t expect it.

KANSAS (0-4, 0-1 Big 12)

Date

Opponent

Result/time

Sept. 5

South Dakota State

L, 41-38

Sept. 12

Memphis

L, 55-23

Sept. 26

at Rutgers

L, 27-14

Oct. 3

at Iowa State

L, 38-13

Oct. 10

Baylor

11 a.m.

Oct. 17

Texas Tech

11 a.m.

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

Kansas State

TBA

BAYLOR (4-0, 1-0 Big 12)

Date

Opponent

Result/time

Sept. 4

at SMU

W, 56-21

Sept. 12

Lamar

W, 66-31

Sept. 26

Rice

W, 70-17

Oct. 3

Texas Tech

W, 63-55

Oct. 10

at Kansas

11 a.m.

Oc. 17

West Virginia

11 a.m.

Oct. 24

Iowa State

7 p.m.

Nov. 5

at Kansas State

6:30 p.m.

Nov. 14

Oklahoma

TBA

Nov. 21

at Oklahoma State

TBA

Nov. 27

at TCU

6:30 p.m.

Dec. 5

Texas

TBA

Three things about Baylor

1 After four games, Baylor is on pace to lead the country in total offense for the third straight year. The Bears lead the country with 745.3 yards per game and 63.8 points per contest. Baylor is also the only school in the Football Bowl Subdivision to be top 10 in both passing (eighth, 368.5 yards per game) and rushing offense (second, 376.8).

2 Baylor receiver Corey Coleman, a junior from Richardson, Texas, is the latest in a long line of great receivers for Baylor coach Art Briles. Coleman leads the country in touchdown catches (11) and is third in receiving yards with 142.5 per game.

3 In his eighth season at Baylor, head coach Art Briles has guided the Bears to consecutive Big 12 regular-season titles — including one shared title with TCU — and five straight bowl games. Baylor is also 26-4 since the start of the 2013 season.

Key matchup

Baylor running back Shock Linwood vs. the KU defense: Two years ago, Linwood racked up 106 yards on nine carries in a 59-14 victory over Kansas at Memorial Stadium. Now a junior, Linwood ranks second in the country in yards per carry (9.4) while piling up 584 yards in four games. But Linwood isn’t the only dangerous Baylor runner; freshman Terence Williams has 326 yards in 45 carries.

KANSAS OFFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

WR

16

Steven Sims Jr.

5-10

170

Fr.

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

DeAndre Banks

6-3

309

Jr.

RT

78

Larry Hughes

6-7

281

Fr.

TE

84

Ben Johnson

6-5

234

So.

WR

5

Bobby Hartzog Jr.

5-11

189

So.

QB

13

Ryan Willis

6-4

211

Fr.

RB

22

Keaun 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

280

Fr.

DE

56

Anthony Olobia

6-5

240

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

39

Michael Glatczak

5-10

173

Sr.

CB

19

Tyrone Miller Jr.

6-0

180

Fr.

P

18

Eric Kahn

6-5

204

Sr.

BAYLOR OFFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

WR

1

Corey Coleman

5-11

190

Jr.

WR

7

Lynx Hawthorne

6-0

205

Jr.

LT

58

Spencer Drango

6-6

320

Sr.

LG

73

Blake Muir

6-6

315

Sr.

C

55

Kyle Fuller

6-5

315

Jr.

RG

61

Jarell Broxton

6-5

325

Sr.

RT

69

Pat Colbert

6-6

305

Sr.

WR

9

KD Cannon

6-0

180

So.

WR

4

Jay Lee

6-3

220

Sr.

QB

17

Seth Russell

6-3

220

Jr.

RB

32

Shock Linwood

5-9

200

Jr.

K

40

Chris Callahan

5-9

200

So.

BAYLOR DEFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

DE

2

Shawn Oakman

6-9

275

Sr.

NT

75

Andrew Billings

6-2

310

Jr.

DT

95

Beau Blackshear

6-4

300

Sr.

DE

92

Jamal Palmer

6-3

250

Sr.

LB

1

Taylor Young

5-10

225

So.

LB

5

Grant Campbell

6-1

230

Sr.

NB

48

Travon Blanchard

6-2

205

So.

CB

4

Xavien Howard

6-2

200

Jr.

S

28

Orion Stewart

6-2

200

Jr.

S

18

Chance Waz

6-0

185

So.

CB

9

Ryan Reid

5-11

190

Jr.

P

13

Drew Galitz

6-0

195

Fr.

Rustin Dodd: 816-234-4937, @rustindodd

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