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Texas vs. Kansas: 10 things to know about the Jayhawks

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The Jayhawks are not a good football team and that doesn't bode well for a program trying to win in Austin for the first time.

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A reeling Texas Longhorns squad returns home after last week's unsuccessful trip to Ames and will attempt to generate some positive momentum once again with a game against the Kansas Jayhawks.

Head coach David Beaty may eventually turn that program round, but it hasn't happened yet, as Kansas is 0-8. Yup, the Jayhawks weren't able to win any of the three non-conference games, including a home loss to South Dakota State to start the season.

Here are 10 things to know about the Jayhawks:

  1. Kansas is 0-6 in games played at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
  2. The last win for the Jayhawks against the Longhorns came in 1938.
  3. Playing on the road hasn't been kind to Kansas -- the Jayhawks have lost 34 straight since beating UTEP 34-7 in El Paso on September 12, 2009.
  4. The 2014 contest was one of three times the Horns have shut out the Jayhawks.
  5. Kansas is bad on offense and defense, ranking No. 114 in offensive S&P+ and No. 122 in defensive S&P+.
  6. Even if the Jayhawks stack the box defensively, the Longhorns should have some success running the football, as the Kansas defense ranks dead last nationally in opposing rushing success rate and opponent opportunity rate. The much-abused unit is giving up 5.44 yards per carry and allowed Rutgers to rush for 312 yards. Even Oklahoma State managed 202 yards and four touchdowns.
  7. After an injury to starter Montrell Cozart ended his season, freshman Ryan Willis has been starting at quarterback. He's averaging only 5.7 yards per attempt.
  8. Despite poor stats nearly across the board defensively, Kansas is the No. 31 team nationally in third down S&P+, so the Horns need to avoid the type of long down-and-distance situations that contributed to the poor conversion rate against the Cyclones.
  9. The Kansas defense isn't likely to produce many negative plays against Texas since it ranks dead last nationally in havoc rate.
  10. With an 11 percent win probability in this game, the Jayhawks will have to overcome heavy odds to beat the Longhorns.