Kansas aims for 1st 5-0 start since 2009 when Iowa State visits
(AP) - Kansas will try to improve to 5-0 for the first time since 2009 on Saturday when Iowa State visits Memorial Stadium. The Jayhawks are the first team outside the Top 25 this week after knocking Duke from the ranks of the unbeaten. The Cyclones will be trying to bounce back from a loss to Baylor in their Big 12 opener. Here’s more of what you need to know before kickoff.
Iowa State (3-1, 0-1 Big 12) at Kansas (4-0, 1-0), Saturday, 2:30 p.m. CT (ESPN2)
Line: Iowa State by 3, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. The Jayhawks have covered the spread in seven straight games, dating back to a 57-56 win over Texas in Austin last November. That seven-game streak of wins against the spread for KU features three outright wins as an underdog.
Series record: Kansas leads 50-45-6.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Kansas will be trying to go 5-0 for the first time since 2009, when the Jayhawks reached that mark with a victory over the Cyclones in Lawrence. They also would likely break into the Top 25 with a victory as the top team to reside outside the rankings this week. Iowa State will be trying to rebound from a 31-24 loss to Baylor while extending its win streak over the Jayhawks to eight games going back to the 2015 season.
Kansas QB Jalon Daniels has thrown 10 touchdowns passes without an interception over his last three games. He was especially dynamic last week against Duke, throwing for 324 yards and four touchdowns while running for 83 yards and another score. He’ll be going against an Iowa State defense that tops the Big 12 in total defense (266 ypg) and scoring defense (14.5 ppg) and is seventh nationally against the run.
Heisman odds for Daniels have shifted significantly in recent weeks. After being off the board or an extreme longshot prior to the season, Daniels was listed at +8000 on DraftKings following Kansas’ Week 3 win at Houston. After throwing for four touchdowns and running for another in the Jayhawks’ 35-27 win over Duke last week Daniels is now +2500 to win the most prestigious individual award in college football.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Iowa State: WR Xavier Hutchinson has followed up a school-record 83 receptions last season with 36 through four games, including at least eight in each of them. He is tied for second nationally in catches, 11th in yards receiving at 100.8 per game and seventh with five touchdown catches.
Kansas: DE Lonnie Phelps picked up his fourth sack of the season last week against Duke, tying him for first in the Big 12 and putting him 11th in the nation. He’ll be going against a Cyclones offensive line that allowed four sacks last week.
FACTS & FIGURES
Iowa State has not lost to Kansas since a 34-14 setback in 2014. The Cyclones won 59-7 last season in Ames.
The Cyclones lead the Big 12 with eight takeaways, including four fumble recoveries. Iowa State QB Hunter Dekkers is completing 71.6% of his throws, putting him second in the conference and in the top 15 nationally. He also has 10 TD passes.
Iowa State has held 14 of its last 17 opponents to 350 yards or fewer in total offense. That includes 150 yards to Iowa this season. Cyclones DE Will McDonald IV has 30 1/2 career sacks, the most among active FBS players. They’ll tale on a Kansas offense that is the fourth-highest scoring team in the country at 48.5 points per game. The Jayhawks have scored 27 touchdowns with two field goals through four games. They had 32 touchdowns all of last season.
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