- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

No. 3 Baylor (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) at Kansas (0-4, 0-1), 11 a.m. (FS1)

Line: Baylor by 44 1/2

Series Record: Baylor leads 10-4

WHAT’S AT STAKE

The Bears continue with their soft start to Big 12 play against bottom-dweller Kansas. The Bears will likely be able to name the score after putting up at least 56 points in every game this season, and now facing a Jayhawks defense that has allowed at least 27 points in each of its losses.



KEY MATCHUP

Baylor quarterback Seth Russell against the Kansas defense. Russell leads the Football Bowl Subdivision in passing efficiency, touchdown passes (19), yards per completion and numerous other statistical categories. In other words, a Kansas secondary with little depth and few playmakers will be put to the test by one of the nation’s most prolific passers.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Baylor: RB Shock Linwood leads the Big 12 in rushing at 146 yards per game. He needs just 95 yards to pass Jerod Douglas (2,811) for second place on the career rushing list, with Walter Abercrombie (3,665) within reach.

Kansas: QB Ryan Willis gets his first start after injuries to Michael Cummings, Montell Cozart and Deondre Ford. The freshman from suburban Kansas City has only played a handful of college snaps, most of them last week against Iowa State.

FACTS & FIGURES

Baylor is 30-4 in its last 34 games, all of the defeats coming away from home. … The Bears are playing outside Texas for first time since Nov. 8, 2014, at Oklahoma. … Baylor has had a WR catch at least three TDs in each game this season. … The Bears have only punted nine times, fewest in the FBS. … Bears WR Corey Coleman has had four straight 100-yard receiving games. … Bears DE Shawn Oakman has 15 career sacks, tied with Daryl Gardener and Chris McAlister for most in school history. … The Jayhawks have played 33 first-time players, 20 of them freshmen. … Kansas is last in the Big 12 in scoring offense at 22 points per game. … The Jayhawks are third in the Big 12 in red zone defense at 80 percent. … Kansas RB Ke’aun Kinner ran for 157 yards in the season opener. He has 184 yards rushing since then.

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