Preview: Colorado at Kansas

Ryan Wood of the Lawrence Journal-World reports that Kerry Meier has not recovered sufficiently from the shoulder injury he suffered in the third quarter last Saturday in Waco to play this Saturday against Colorado. Adam Barmann will make his fourth start of the year in place of the injured Meier. Kansas struggled to run the ball after Barmann replaced Meier in the Baylor game. Barmann lacks the foot speed to pose any threat running the option which severely limits Kansas's ground attack. (For some reason, Barmann's lack of foot speed does not preclude OC Nick Quartaro from calling option plays or designed quarterback runs--see Barmann's drive-killing fumbles against USF and Nebraska.)

Colorado already figured to defense the run more effectively than Kansas's last two opponents. The Buffaloes have allowed fewer than three yards per carry to their Division I opponents this year. Only Baylor has managed to gain more than four yards per carry in a game against Colorado. Missouri, Georgia, Texas Tech, and Colorado State have all been held to 2.5 yards per carry or less.

Colorado's pass defense has not been as stingy as their run defense, especially in road games. Barmann, however, after a good performance at home against South Florida and a strong recovery from a disastrous first quarter in Lincoln struggled mightily at home against Texas A&M and in his relief appearance in Waco. In his last two games, Barmann is 17-41 for a 152 yards and an interception pushing his efficiency rating for the season below Meier's.

Kansas must hope that Colorado's dreadful pass offense (107.6 ypg) can't find success against the porous Jayhawk pass defense. Until Oklahoma shut down the CU running game in Norman last week, the Buffaloes were showing significant improvement in the running game with their most impressive performances coming at Georgia (173 yards, 4.4 ypc) and at Missouri (183 yards, 5.1 ypc).

With the Kansas defense allowing 4.3 ypc in Big 12 play and having struggled especially to contain QBs who could run so far this year, JR QB (#7) Bernard Jackson could very well be the fifth consecutive Big 12 quarterback to have a big day against Kansas.