Kansas Jayhawks Football: Keys To Beating Southern Miss

Ben GartlandAnalyst IISeptember 15, 2010

The King of the Nerds is back to discuss and analyze Week 3 of Kansas Football.

The Kansas Jayhawks will take on Southern Miss in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on ESPN on Friday night at 7:00 pm ct.

Coming off an upset win over #15 ranked Georgia Tech, the Jayhawks (1-1) should be motivated to continue their winning ways against Southern Miss (1-1).

The first road trip will be a test for the Jayhawks to see if they have moved on past the loss against North Dakota State, and are ready to compete the rest of the season. 

Here are the keys for the Jayhawks to win against Southern Miss.

1. Webb needs to have another big game.

Against Georgia Tech, Red-shirt Freshman Jordan Webb threw 3 touchdown passes, 179 yards and only 1 interception. He has the talent in the receiving core with Daymond Patterson and Bradley Mcdougald to have a similar game to the one on Saturday. 

Webb still has some incentive to play well, as he is still competing with Kale Pick for the starting quarterback job. He has played well in the position so far, but still needs to prove he is the Jayhawk's starter.


2. Justin Springer and the rest of the defense need to show up.

Kansas did really well in tackling and keeping the option contained against Georgia Tech, and will encounter the spread offense against Southern Miss. Southern Miss is averaging 434 yards a game so far in the season, so Kansas will need to step up defensively like they did against the Yellow Jackets to give Kansas a chance in this game.

Another thing is we need to force more turnovers on defense. We had one last week, which was on poor receiving. We need to be able to force at least 2 turnovers Friday night.


3. We can not overlook Southern Miss.

If you think of Southern Miss,you might not think of a very good football team but then you are wrong. I was at the KU-SMU game last year where KU won 35-28. This is a very good team that KU's young players might overlook. Georgia Tech probably thought they were going to walk all over the Jayhawks and look how that turned out. 

Southern Miss is the favorite in the gambler's odds, which might make the young Jayhawks focus. Currently the Golden Eagles lead the Jayhawks in most offensive categories, which could spell doom for the Jayhawks if they are not prepared.


4. We must be motivated

The energy from Kansas on Saturday was excellent, and we need to have it again this Friday. We are on national television so the Jayhawks will need to have extra motivation to not be nervous in front of the country. 

Turner Gil did a great job motivating them last week, and needs to do it again for the Jayhawks to pull out of Mississippi with a win.


I am hoping the Jayhawks can keep riding momentum into Hattiesburg this week, and come out with a win. A win in this game will set the tone for the rest of the season. 

My prediction- Kansas 35 Southern Miss 31


Ben Gartland