Oklahoma State leads the conference and is ranked fifth nationally in turnovers gained with 27.
The Cowboys have forced at least one turnover in every game this season and at least two in nine games, with 13 interceptions and 14 fumble recoveries.
And it's all by design.
â€œIt's something that we stress so much,â€ said OSU defensive coordinator Bill Young. â€œIf you come out and watch one of our practices, you'd probably laugh at the number of times you hear us coaches screaming about turnovers, ripping out, stripping out, going high point to pick the ball, take it and get a block, and all this.
â€œI think we're getting them because that's what we're demanding as coaches. We've got players that have really bought into that and the result is we're leading the conference in turnovers.â€
KU NAMES QUARTERBACK
Kansas has rolled through quarterbacks this season, with injuries and ineffectiveness playing a part.
For Saturday's game against OSU, the Jayhawks will start Quinn Mecham, who started the season as the No. 3 quarterback.
Mecham has started the past three games, even after former starter Jordan Webb returned from injury. Mecham sparked KU's wild comeback win over Colorado, setting a school record at one point with 17 straight completions.
Still, despite completing 64 percent of his passes, Mecham's passing production is modest, with 416 yards in four games and four interceptions against three touchdowns.
When the Cowboys and Jayhawks square off Saturday, there will be many familiar faces on the KU sideline.
Jayhawks co-offensive coordinator Darrell Wyatt served as receivers coach at OSU in 2001.
Lee Fobbs, director of high school relations for KU football, is the father of former Cowboys running back Jamaal Fobbs.
Jayhawk defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt held the same position at OSU in 1996.
The connections go both ways, too.
Young was the defensive coordinator at KU from 2002 through 2007.
Jermial Ashley, a graduate assistant with the Cowboys, played for Young at KU.
And OSU recruiting coordinator Johnny Barr coached linebackers at Kansas in 2001.
OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden didn't even get to see the receiving end of his 67-yard scoring bomb to Justin Blackmon against Texas.
â€œI had a guy in my face, so I couldn't actually see how it turned out,â€ Weeden said.
Blackmon, of course, outmaneuvered Longhorns standout corner Aaron Williams, who actually had good coverage. Knowing Blackmon does that regularly allows Weeden the freedom to let the ball fly at times.
â€œThe corner who was covering him is going to be a first-round guy, he's a great player,â€ Weeden said. â€œBut Blackmon does that week after week after week. That says something about Blackmon. He goes against the best and continues to get better.â€