Folsom Field • Oct. 22 • 5 p.m. (MT) • FSN Pay-per-view
Head Coach: Mark Mangino (4th year)
2005 Record: 3-3, 0-3
Last Meeting: 2004, Colorado 30, Kansas 21 (Lawrence)
Kansas has struggled on offense this fall, and 14 turnovers hasn't helped the Jayhawk cause. Colorado coaches think they may see a quarterback other than Brian Luke, who has played the most for KU this fall.
The Jayhawks run out of several different formations, from one-back spread looks, to two-back sets. Running backs Jon Cornish and Clark Green have combined for 638 yards, and wide outs Mark Simmons (21 catches) and Brian Murph (16) lead the receivers.
Player to watch: Charles Gordon plays cornerback, receiver and punt returner. He had four receptions vs. OU last week.
Matchup to Watch: CU front seven vs. KU pass protection. Colorado's weakness on defense has been its inability to produce a consistent pass rush. But if they can pressure the Kansas quarterback, turnover opportunities may arise.
KEY for COLORADO
Find Itself on Defense Again
The Buffs were playing extremely well on defense prior to getting lit up in Austin last week. With Kansas struggling on offense — the Jayhawks have scored just six points the last two weeks — CU needs to rediscover its aggressiveness and keep the KU offense down. If it can, the Buffs' third shutout of the season will be within reach.
Kansas fields a formidable defense this fall, led by a strong linebacking corps. Starters Nick Reid, Kevin Kane and Banks Floodman are the top three KU tacklers. Linebacker Brandon Perkins comes off the bench in passing situations, and leads the league with 7.5 sacks, even though he plays part time.
Gordon is an All-American candidate at cornerback, while senior free safety Rodney Fowler has three interceptions.
Kansas isn't terribly big up front, but its front four does a good job of funneling opponents' run games to its capable linebackers. KU is giving up just under 70 yards a game on the ground.
Player to watch: Reid, a 6-4, 230-pound senior, is very active from his outside linebacker position, and leads the Big 12 in tackles (69) and tackles for loss (12).
Matchup to Watch: CU OL vs. KU DL. Can Colorado control the line of scrimmage when it has the ball?
KEY for COLORADO
Mix and Match: Two games ago, CU offensive coordinator consistently put his players in matchups they could win, whether it was Hugh Charles, Joe Klopfenstein, Quinn Sypniewski or Lawrence Vickers. The playcalling was imaginative, and always had Texas A&M defenders back on their heels. No one's confusing the Aggie and Jayhawk defenses, but CU must find a way to gain the edge.
Gordon is a threat at punt returner. Kyle Tucker is solid at punter.
KU Statistical Leaders
Passing: Luke Brian, 75-151-850, 8 INT, 5 TD
Rushing: Jon Cornish, 70-369/5.3, 6 TD
Receiving: Mark Simmons, 21-292, 1 TD
Kickoff returns: Kenneth Thompson, 6-146/24.3, 0 TD
Punt returns: Charles Gordon, 23-270/11.7, 0 TD
Punting: Kyle Tucker, 36/44.5
Tackles: Nick Reid, 69
Tackles for loss: Nick Reid, 12-47
Sacks: Brandon Perkins, 7.5-71
Interceptions: Rodney Fowler, 3
Prediction: Colorado 19, Kansas 0