University of Kansas

Missouri-Kansas scouting report

When: 2:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.

Records: Missouri (7-4, 3-4 Big 12), Kansas (5-6, 1-6)

Radio: KFH, 1240-AM, 98.7-FM

TV: KAKE, Ch. 10

What's at stake

Hey, it is the Border War. Bragging rights for a year, or at least until the next basketball meeting. But seriously, for KU this means qualifying for a bowl bid (with just six wins, a berth wouldn't be guaranteed) or ending a season that is trudging to the finish line under the weight of the Mangino investigation. For Missouri, simply the difference between having a good season and a bad one. Sure, the Tigers are going bowling. But if it comes on the heels of losing to KU?

Cheers if...

The Jayhawks force Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert to play outside of his comfort zone with pressure from the front four. Max Onyegbule, Jeff Wheeler and Jake Laptad are the key players in this game for KU, which must rattle Gabbert. Gabbert is still a young player and has not played in a Border War. The Jayhawks need to force at least two Gabbert turnovers to have a chance.

Jeers if...

The Tigers' defense remembers to keep Kerry Meier in front of the secondary and not running free behind it in the game's final minute. And that goes for covering Dezmon Briscoe as well. Missouri's offense is running nicely now that Gabbert isn't hobbled by a sprained ankle. The key for the Tigers is coming up with a few key stops in each half — and definitely at the end of the game.

Key matchup

KU quarterback Todd Reesing ranks No. 1 in total offense (286.1 yards a game) in Big 12 Conference play and MU quarterback Blaine Gabbert No. 2 (270.3). The winner is the team that disrupts the effectiveness of the quarterback most.

J. Brady McCollough's pick: Kansas 35-31

The Jayhawks seniors who have accomplished so much will not end this season without a fight. Reesing will connect with his receivers all game long, and the KU defense will rattle young Gabbert enough to get some stops.