Kansas State Preview Part 2

Kansas State Preview Part 2

The Bears face one of the more balanced teams in the country on both sides of the ball. Do the Bears have any big advantages against the top ranked Wildcats?

Baylor Offense versus Kansas State Defense:

Scoring

Passing

Yards / Pass

Rushing

Yards / Rush

Total Yards

Yards / Play

Yards / Point

Points / Play

Baylor O

42

374.6

9.6

191.9

4.7

566.5

6.9

13.5

0.512

Rank

4

2

4

38

35

2

2

44

14

Kansas State D

18.7

243.1

6.6

99.4

3.2

342.6

4.8

18.4

0.263

Rank

18

64

30

8

12

21

25

15

17

Statistically, this is the second best defense in the Big 12, right behind the defense the Bears put 34 points on last weekend in the Oklahoma Sooners. Kansas State is not as good against the pass, but is an elite defense against the run. They allow the 8th fewest yards per game, but also the 12th fewest yards per attempt. They are great at stopping defenses without points, as they have only allowed a touchdown on 42.86% of their opponent's red-zone trips.

They are one of the best defenses in the nation against the run on 2nd and 3rd down. In fact, if you have to get a yard on 3rd down, you might as well pass, as on 54 rushing attempts on 3rd down, the Wildcats have allowed 7 yards. That is not per carry. That is the TOTAL. 0.13 yards per rush on 3rd down. On those rushes, they have allowed just 14 first downs, a conversion rate of 25.9%. You can rush on them on first down though, as they are just 42nd in yards per carry on first down (4.08).

Kansas State runs a 4-3 defense, but does a play a good amount of nickel defense against spread teams. They have one of the best defensive backfields in the nation, carried by three junior college transfers in Ty Zimmerman, Jarard Milo and Alan Chapman. They play a bend-don't break style that allows you to get the small gains, but when you get to close to their end zone, they clamp down and make you beat them.

The key to playing against Kansas State is gaining decent yardage on 1st down, and putting them in bad situations. If you get behind the chains, they are so aggressive on the front four that they will put you in a position to make a mistake, and all of their secondary players are capable of intercepting a pass.

Baylor Defense versus Kansas State Offense:

Scoring

Passing

Yards / Pass

Rushing

Yards / Rush

Total Yards

Yards / Play

Yards / Point

Points / Play

Baylor D

41.5

325.6

7.8

207.8

4.9

533.4

6.3

12.9

0.488

Rank

119

121

89

104

90

124

106

93

105

Kansas State O

41.2

211.8

10.1

201.3

4.9

413.1

6.5

10

0.65

Rank

5

85

1

27

27

49

13

1

1

The Wildcats are one of the few offenses in the Big 12 that do not rely heavily on the pass. They are a rushing attack that uses play action and big plays in the passing game to keep defenses honest. They do not pass much; in fact, they have the 6th fewest pass attempts per game in the country. The five teams that pass fewer times per game include all three of the service academies, Georgia Tech and New Mexico. This is a running team, led by their bulldozer of a quarterback, Collin Klein.

When they do pass, the make it count, going for an NCAA high 10.1 yards per attempt. When they complete a pass, they gain 14.4 yards per completion. They utilize playaction quite a bit in their passing game, and have two real good deep threats on the outside in Tyler Lockett and Chris Harper. Both are averaging over 15.4 yards per catch.

The Wildcats run a basic pro-formation most of the time. They line up in the I-formation, with a tight end and 2 wide receivers. They even have a fullback, something that is a peculiar site in the Big 12 these days. The Wildcats will run quite a bit of a zone-read offense with Klein and John Hubert, as well, usually out of the shotgun formation, but they can do it in the pistol as well.

The Bears defense has struggled at times in keeping their assignments in order with the zone read and option games. Baylor will have to be disciplined enough to stay strong on the edges and keep their containment as much as possible. They will also need to have their corners play strong, and get off blocks to help the interior defenders with the option defense.

Kansas State does not gain a lot of yards, but they score a lot of points. They are the best in the nation at scoring efficiently. They do not waste drives or yards. Despite gaining120.3 fewer yards per game than the Bears, they score just 0.3 fewer points. They do not leave points on the field.

Summary:

Kansas State is undefeated and the top team in the BCS for a reason. They are a dangerous defense that knows how to take the ball away and they are elite at stopping the run. You run it at them, you gain nothing, and they force you into 3rd and longs where they get sacks and turnovers. Offensively, they run the ball down your throats and then throw a play action pass deep over your heads right when you start loading the box. They don't beat themselves and they play as fundamentally sound as any team in the nation.

AggieDigest.com Recommended Stories


Up Next


Forums


0 Fans online
    Join The Conversation

    Tweets