The Kansas Jayhawks launched into the Charlie Weis era with a 31-17 victory over South Dakota State in their opener and enter the second week of the season as favorites against the Rice Owls. In their opener, the Owls fell 49-24 to the UCLA Bruins, although they kept it close for much of the game.
Despite the win, though, the Jayhawks will want to see better play from quarterback Dayne Crist before the beginning of Big 12 play. Crist completed fewer than 50 percent of his passes against SDSU; 17-of-36 attempts. He did find the end zone once, hitting Mike Ragone from two yards out.
Defensively, Kansas will look to avoid allowing the big play as they did against the Jackrabbits when they allowed Zach Zenner to run 99 yards for a score, giving SDSU a 7-0 lead early.
Game time/date: 2:30 p.m. CT, Saturday
Location: Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, KS
TV Schedule/Streaming: Fox Sports (National game)
Odds: Kansas favored by 10 points.