#22 Kansas (2-0) vs. Duke (1-1)
The Kansas offense did its thing again last week in the 34-7 win on the road against UTEP.
The Jayhawks produced 576 offensive yards, including 255 on the ground. It was the second week in a row that the Kansas run game has been the story despite having a potent passing attack. Kansas has yet to be forced into a situation where they need to throw and this week may no different. Quarterback Todd Reesing is thrilled with the success the offense has had thus far, but has been public with his wish to air out the ball a bit more.
Duke gained a 35-19 win against Army at West Point which was a tale of two halves.
Army held a 10-7 lead before Duke poured it on in the second half, using redshirt freshman, second string quarterback Sean Renfree who was seven of eight for 106 yards. Duke struggled to run the ball and tallied just 70 yards on the ground against Army. What really got things going against Army were the four takeaways including two interceptions returned for touchdowns.
While Kansas may choose to air it out more this week, I'm sure they would prefer not to. Army wasn't able to put a ton of points on the board, but they were able to move the ball on the ground. The less of the passing game KU can show on tape, the better off they should be come Big 12 Time. Reesing will get his chance, it just may not be the all out attack he is looking for. Another reason I expect to see the KU run game front and center again is that they are sure to pull away from an outmatched Duke team. KU has several blow out wins, but those were by no means because of any running up of the score, they were just the superior team on the field and were able to run the ball at all times. The Duke offense has no chance against a stout KU defense and this one should be out of hand by half.