Kansas football team’s offense among the best in the nation in 2 games, but tougher challenges await

For two weeks of the 2022 college football season, the Kansas Jayhawks are averaging 55.5 points per game.

It’s good for first in all of FBS, a position Kansas is definitely not used to being in.

Get this only six teams in the entire NCAA have scored more points than Kansas in two games – FCS Arkansas-Pine Bluff (124) and Incarnate Word (119); Division II schools Virginia Union (122) and Saginaw Valley (112); and DIII Grove City (118) and Union College (118) programs.

Not all of KU’s 111 points have come on offense, of course, but it’s a number any team in the country would take in two games, no matter how the points come in.

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It’s also not a number you should expect in the coming weeks.

On the one hand, you should expect some regression given that KU’s opponents will present much bigger challenges from now on, with eight more Big 12 opponents, a road game in Houston next week and a home game against Duke still on the schedule.

For two, the Jayhawks’ impressive offensive start was bolstered by a matchup with FCS Tennessee Tech and overtime against West Virginia.

While the rest of KU’s schedule features some pretty solid defenses – more on that in a minute, though we’re still talking about a small sample – their Week 3 game might not be one of them.

After two games, Houston ranks 115th in the FBS in total defense, giving up 454.5 yards per game and 106th in scoring defense.

That’s significantly worse than the Jayhawks’ Week 4 opponent Duke, who ranks 65th in total D and 23rd in scoring defense.

For what it’s worth, West Virginia is tied for 93rd in total defense and, thanks in large part to what KU’s offense did on Saturday, 126th in scoring defense.

Here’s how the rest of the KU schedule — after Houston and Duke — shapes up in those two defensive categories over two weeks, with total defense first and scoring defense in brackets.

Iowa State – 11th (11th)

TCU-53rd (T33rd)

Oklahoma – 46th (10th)

Baylor- 41st (46th)

Oklahoma State – 113th (97th)

Texas Tech- 47th (43rd)

Texas – 50th (T33rd)

Kansas State – 15th (5th)

Jalon Daniels was the difference maker for this program, with his confidence, ability and efficiency taking the offense to new heights.

Given the depth of running back, the variety of options in the passing game, and the experience and chemistry of this year’s offensive line, there’s plenty of reason to believe that the offense of the Kansas may be one of the best we’ve seen in Lawrence in years. .

Just take a look at what the program has done with Daniels as the team’s best quarterback over the past three seasons, then remember he’s a much better and more experienced QB today. today than it was in those first two seasons.

In Daniels’ 11 starts, KU has averaged 28.5 points per game.

Six of those starts came in his true first season (he was just 17 when he made his first start) and the Jayhawks have scored 28 or more points in the native’s five most recent starts. Lawndale, California.

When you consider that Kansas didn’t even reach 28 points in 94 of the 117 games they played in the 10 seasons leading up to this one, it really hammers home the point that finding a QB (and an offense) who can leading the team in points is a big problem.

The question now is, can he continue to do so against defenses that will be much better than what the Jayhawks have seen in the first two weeks of the season?

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