Memphis Tigers @ Kansas Jayhawks
Start time: 7:00 PM EST, Saturday, Sept. 12th
Location: Lawrence, KS
Radio: Memphis - AM 600; Kansas - 1320 AM, 105.9 FM (Lawrence)
Series Record: First Meeting
Betting Line: Tigers -13 (62 1/2 O/U)
On This Date: The Tigers are 0-5 in games played on September 12th with losses to Florida State, Vanderbilt, Louisville, Mississippi State, and Middle Tennessee State.
Three Keys to Memphis Victory:
Establish the run
The strength of the Jayhawks is the defensive line. That said, the Jayhawks were dominated last week by the SDSU running attack as the Jackrabbits established the run early. With the run game established Jackrabbits quarterback Zach Lujan was allowed a field day as he passed for 3 touchdowns on 293 yards. If the Tigers run game gets going early there in no reason to think Paxton Lynch will not have a big day, but it all starts with the run.
Contain Montrell Cozart
During KU's spring game the #1 quarterback on the depth chart, Michael Cummings, went down with injury. This injury opened the door for Cozart to regain his starting slot. Cummings is more in control of the offense as he is a sound decision maker as opposed to Cozart who can be erratic. The problem with Cozart is that he is a mobile quarterback. In the past the Tigers have had trouble with mobile quarterbacks. The new Tigers defense is largely untested as their first week was a cupcake. Although I expect the Tigers to fare well, I do expect Cozart to cause some trouble.
Keep your foot on the gas
Memphis head coach Justin Fuente is normally very poised and in an all business mode go though so I don't expect problems here. However, the Jayhawks breathed new life last week when SDSU let up after the half. At one point the Jackrabbits were up 31-7 before starting more conservative play calling which allowed KU to creep back in the game. The Tigers will need not look over Kansas and allow this scrappy bunch to have hope.
Memphis - 37
Kansas - 13