2. KEYS TO THE SEASON
Biggest Key To The Kansas Offense
Score, score, score. The Jayhawks aren’t going to have the firepower to keep up with the top Big 12 offenses – or even the mediocre ones – but at the very least, they have to score whenever they get the chance.
Duh … everyone tries to do that. The difference was how KU managed to misfire on way too many easy chances. The defense helped the cause with takeaways and good field position, but the O only scored on 21 of its 28 possessions inside the red zone, and only got into the end zone half of the time.
Biggest Key To The Kansas Defense
Keep the takeaways coming. There might be a massive turnover on defense and in the coaching staff, but the Jayhawks still have to force turnovers to stay in games. Last year they came up with a league-high 27 takeaways and topped the Big 12 in turnover margin, helped by six against both Central Michigan and Rutgers in back-to-back weeks.
The D picked off Will Grier of West Virginia three times, forced two or more turnovers in seven games, and managed to go 3-1 when going a +2 or better in turnover margin – the one loss was the 55-40 scare it threw into Oklahoma.
Key Player To A Successful Season
QB Thomas MacVittie, Jr.
Kansas hasn’t had a questioned No. 1 quarterback since Todd Reesing was rolling back in 2009. The 2019 Jayhawks have plenty of options, but it’s the 6-5, 215-pound MacVittie who comes in with the expectations to finally settle the spot.
A pure pro passer, he’s got the arm to push the ball down the field, and the experience at Mesa CC to step in and be ready to take over right away – at least that’s the hope.
Key Game To The Kansas Season
West Virginia, Sept. 21
1-7 all-time vs. the Mountaineers – the lone win coming in 2013 – the Jayhawks will know where they stand and how far things have come in the Big 12 opener in Lawrence. If all goes according to plan, KU will be 2-1 – at worst – after beating Indiana State and Coastal Carolina, and with a likely loss at Boston College.
With trips to TCU and Texas wrapped around a date with Oklahoma to follow, Les Miles needs this win over WVU new head coach Neal Brown to avoid an almost certain 0-4 Big 12 start.
– Kansas Schedule Breakdown & Analysis
2018 Kansas Fun Stats
– Interceptions Thrown: Opponents 16 – Kansas 4
– Average Yards Per Pass: Opponents 8.20 – Kansas 5.89
– Onside Kicks: Kansas 2-of-5 – Opponents 0-of-0