Kansas Jayhawks vs. Iowa St. Cyclones
The struggling Kansas Jayhawks meet the Iowa State Cyclones on the road in a Big 12 match up Saturday. The Jayhawks season of frustration continued with a 43-0 loss to Texas in week nine while the Cyclones hammered Texas Tech 41-7 on the road. The Cyclones are -14 point favorites over the Jayhawks.
The losses keep mounting for Kansas as it’s been obvious for quite some time that this team has huge holes on both sides of the ball. That was readily apparent against Texas with both areas being exposed once again in the team’s poorest performance of the season. Kansas totaled an abysmal 46 total yards of offense, going 1 of 10 on third down and somehow managed three first downs. The ground attack if it could be called that totaled a negative two yards on 20 carries while quarterback Jordan Webb completed 7 of 16 throws for a mere 48 yards with an interception. Overall KU fumbled three times (one lost) and were intercepted once with an average of three yards per passing attempt and -0.1 yards per rush. The futility stretched to the defensive side of the ball as well with the Longhorns amassing 590 yards and controlling the ball for over 44 minutes.
Iowa State caught Texas Tech napping after the Red Raiders big road upset of Oklahoma and made them pay dearly with a dominating performance on offense and defense. The Cyclones piled up 512 yards and were 11 of 22 on third down conversions while committing just one turnover. A bruising rushing attack paved the way to 368 ground yards and a 5.5 yard average as the front seven of Texas Tech were either pushed around or out of position. The running game was a three pronged attack with James White (31-138), Duran Willis (4-101) and Jarad Barnett (19-92) all finding the end zone once. Barnett was 14 of 26 through the airways for a touchdown and no interceptions leading to over 40 minutes of possession. The Cyclones defense was just as impressive, limiting a good Red Raiders offense to only 290 yards and forcing three turnovers.
I don’t know what to say about the Jayhawks performance versus Texas as I expected them to lose but not in such a disappointing manner. The offense isn’t half bad, averaging 26 points put the defense is dead last in the country and is allowing nearly 50 points per contest. Iowa State isn’t a great team but is better than the Jayhawks.
Iowa St. Cyclones -14 Kansas Jayhawks