University of Kansas

Texas Tech at Kansas: Three-minute preview

Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury AP

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

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

The series: Texas Tech leads 15-1

The line: Texas Tech by 31

What’s at stake

For many, Texas Tech was not expected to be this good. They weren’t expected to score a knockout victory at Arkansas. They weren’t supposed to go toe to toe with TCU in a 55-52 loss. This is bad news for Kansas, which perhaps expected Texas Tech to be its most winnable Big 12 game at home. Instead, the winless Jayhawks will face another high-powered offense at home, just one week after suffering a 66-7 loss to Baylor. It’s not always wise to compare scores, but Texas Tech’s 66-31 victory over Iowa State also offers a warning sign. Yes, that’s the same Iowa State team that handled KU 38-13.

Cheers if ...

Quarterback Ryan Willis continues to make incremental progress. Last week, the Jayhawks were facing Baylor — and a defense that could physically overwhelm Kansas’ offensive line. This week, the KU offense faces a Texas Tech defense that ranks 117th in the country in scoring defense, allowing 39.7 points per game.

Jeers if ...

The already-depleted Jayhawks keep getting inflicted by injuries. Last week, receiver Tre’ Parmalee was held out because of a concussion and running back Ke’aun Kinner was limited with nagging hand and thigh injuries.

Rustin Dodd’s pick: Texas Tech 63-21

There are no good matchups for the KU defense right now, but one week after facing Baylor, the Jayhawks must try to stop another top offense. Freshman quarterback Ryan Willis could find more success this week, but a limping defense will have issues stopping the nation’s top passing offense.

KANSAS (0-5, 0-2 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

L, 66-7

Saturday

Texas Tech

11 a.m.

Oct. 24

at Oklahoma State

2:30 p.m.

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

TEXAS TECH (4-2, 1-2 Big 12)

Date

Opponent

Result/time

Sept. 5

at Sam Houston State

W, 59-45

Sept. 12

UTEP

W, 69-20

Sept. 19

at Arkansas

W, 35-24

Sept. 26

TCU

L, 55-52

Oct. 3

at Baylor

L, 63-35

Oct. 10

Iowa State

W, 66-31

Saturday

at Kansas

7 p.m.

Oct. 24

at Oklahoma

6:30 p.m.

Oct. 31

Oklahoma State

TBA

Nov. 7

at West Virginia

TBA

Nov. 14

Kansas State

TBA

Nov. 26

at Texas

6:30 p.m.

Three things about Texas Tech

1 The Red Raiders rank No. 1 in the country in passing offense, averaging 439 yards per game. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes, a sophomore, is a former top recruit who has piled up over 400 yards of total offense in four games.

2 Texas Tech is a perfect 7-0 in Lawrence and has won eight straight against KU; Red Raiders coach Kliff Kingsbury is 2-0 against KU in two seasons.

3 The Texas Tech offense is one of the fastest in the country. In six games, 19 of Texas Tech’s 44 scoring drives have taking less than two minutes.

Key matchup

Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes vs. the KU defense: Mahomes has been one of the most prolific passers in the country, but he can also use his legs. The son of former major-league pitcher Pat Mahomes, the Red Raiders’ quarterback has 205 rushing yards and is averaging 6 yards per game.

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

77

Joe Gibson

6-3

288

So.

RG

62

De’Andre Banks

6-3

309

Jr.

RT

78

Larry Hughes

6-7

281

Fr.

TE

84

Ben Johnson

6-5

234

So.

WR

88

Jeremiah Booker

6-2

195

Fr.

QB

13

Ryan Willis

6-4

211

Fr.

RB

36

Taylor Cox

5-11

206

Sr.

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.

TEXAS TECH OFFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

WR

6

Devin Lauderdale

6-0

181

Jr.

WR

11

Jakeem Grant

5-6

169

Sr.

LT

62

Le’Raven Clark

6-6

316

Sr.

LG

56

Alfredo Morales

6-4

310

Sr.

C

75

Jared Kaster

6-3

293

Sr.

RG

51

Tony Morales

6-3

297

Sr.

RT

65

Baylen Brown

6-4

310

Jr.

WR

12

Ian Sadler

5-10

198

So.

WR

14

Dylan Cantrell

6-3

219

Jr.

QB

5

Patrick Mahomes II

6-3

221

So.

RB

21

DeAndre Washington

5-8

198

Sr.

K

49

Michael Barden

5-10

174

Fr.

TEXAS TECH DEFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

DE

9

Branden Jackson

6-4

268

Sr.

NT

33

Rika Levi

6-2

339

Sr.

DT

43

Demetrius Alston

6-3

276

Sr.

LB

10

Pete Robertson

6-3

238

Sr.

LB

6

Kris Williams

6-1

228

Jr.

LB

18

Micah Awe

6-0

223

Sr.

LB

41

Malik Jenkins

6-1

222

Jr.

CB

20

Tevin Madison

5-10

171

So.

S

7

Jah’Shawn Johnson

5-10

174

Fr.

S

15

Keenon Ward

5-9

204

Jr.

CB

31

Justis Nelson

6-2

179

Jr.

P

42

Taylor Symmank

6-2

192

Sr.

Rustin Dodd: 816-234-4937, @rustindodd

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