The day after the win over Missouri, it was time Sunday to start thinking about Nebraska’s next opponent, the better-than-expected Kansas Jayhawks.
Picked to finish next to last in the conference by the Big Eight Skywriters, Kansas was surprising everyone with a 4-1 start that included an upset win over Kansas State, a preseason AP top 20 team. Fueling the Jayhawks’ success was a potent offense featuring 230-pound running back John Riggins, who was averaging 99 yards per game rushing.
The Huskers would be making the trip to Lawrence as the conference leaders in four major statistical categories: total offense, total defense, rushing defense and scoring defense. Kansas, meanwhile, was having trouble stopping their opponents, posting numbers at or near the bottom in every defensive category.