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Kansas Looking for Bowl Eligibility Coming out of Bye Week

NCAA Football: Iowa State at Kansas

Like any typical bye week, the Kansas Jayhawks football program was able to rest and heal up while trying to regroup after a few tough losses. Fans were also able to rest and relax their voices to get ready for their next home game against Oklahoma State, a game that will be played at 2:30 this Saturday and aired on Fox Sports 1 (FS1).

The bye week didn’t keep the coaching staff from staying on the grind. The Jayhawks were able to land former five-star offensive line recruit Logan Brown in the transfer portal over the weekend. Brown, who recently entered the transfer portal, had been a part of the University of Wisconsin’s program since 2019 and started three games for the Badgers this season.

 

Brown won’t be eligible to join the Jayhawks until January 2023, but he could have an immediate impact upon arrival. Current left tackle Earl Bostic Jr. will be leaving for the NFL Draft and will leave an immediate opening that will need to be filled. They’ll likely have good competition in place to protect their quarterback’s blindside, but Brown should be in the mix.

As for this season, a few familiar and friendly faces were back in the mix at practice at the beginning of this week. Quarterback Jalon Daniels, who hurt his non-throwing shoulder against TCU about a little over three weeks ago, has been listed as a potential starter for this week’s game against Oklahoma State alongside Jason Bean who has been starting for Kansas since Daniels went down.

Getting Daniels back in a starting role would be a huge boost for morale as well as getting an early Heisman contender back on the field. Bean hasn’t been terrible in relief, he’s actually played quite well a majority of the time, but the turnovers have cost the Jayhawks and they’ve lost each game Bean has started while Daniels was 5-1 as a starter this season.

 

Leipold played things close to the vest the whole time since Daniels’ injury, and likely won’t name a starter until right before kickoff on Saturday. Oklahoma State will need to prepare for both quarterbacks.

Another name to keep an eye on is cornerback Cobee Bryant. He left the game against Oklahoma a couple of weeks ago on a cart and some thought it could be a season-ending injury. Again, Leipold keeps injuries hush-hush since college athletics aren’t required to disclose injury status like professional teams. Bryant was back at practice on Monday, and while there isn’t any certainty he will play on Saturday, being back on the field is a huge step in the right direction.

So it sounds like there is a chance the Jayhawks could get both of those playmakers back after the bye week. That could be a big swing both on and off the field if it comes to fruition.

 

The Jayhawks will host #18 Oklahoma State at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium at 2:30 in Lawrence, Kansas. Many had this penciled in as a win for Oklahoma State, but as the great Lee Corso from ESPN’s College GameDay show says “Not so fast my friend!”.

The Cowboys are coming off a 48-0 loss to the Kansas State Wildcats and their starting quarterback Spencer Sanders left the game due to an injury. His status for the game is up in the air, but if Sanders can’t go, head coach Mike Gundy’s son, Gunnar Gundy, would be the next man up.

Kansas started out as a 3.5-point underdog and the line has already moved closer to the middle in favor of the Jayhawks. If Sanders doesn’t play and the Jayhawks get Jalon Daniels back, it wouldn’t be shocking to see this game as a pick ‘em or Kansas potentially becoming a slight favorite.

The Jayhawks are one win away from bowl eligibility. If they can’t do it this week against Oklahoma State, they will have a chance at Texas Tech the following week. It was just announced that the game will be at 6:00 pm in Lubbock and aired on ESPN+.

As for this game against Oklahoma State, before the season I thought this would be a touchdown win for the Cowboys. After seeing how the season is unfolding, with the Cowboys getting shut out by Kansas State and having issues at the quarterback spot, it makes this game even that much more intriguing.

Jayhawk nation needs to show up loud and proud at The Booth on Saturday. The home-field atmosphere, plus the potential for rainy conditions, could play in the Jayhawks’ favor. It’s time for Kansas to take that next step and become bowl eligible for the first time since 2008.

Kansas 34
Oklahoma State 27

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