Starting quarterback Jalon Daniels has missed each of the last two games with a back injury and his availability remains “doubtful” heading into the weekend. If the Jayhawks can get through Week 7 with a win, they’ll get a chance to reset next week with a bye ahead of a huge matchup against Oklahoma on October 28.
In the three games that Daniels has missed this season, Bean has gone 2-1 as a starter, with a 48-17 win over Missouri State, a 40-14 loss to Texas, and last week’s 51-22 win over UCF.
In those games, Bean has completed 63.9% of his attempts for 503 yards and four touchdowns (no interceptions) through the air and 19 rushes for 91 yards (4.8 ypc), including a rush of 17 yards or more in each game.
The Kansas offense has leaned heavily on the running game this season, averaging 232.3 rushing yards per game and a Big 12-leading 16 rushing touchdowns on the year. This week against Oklahoma State, who ranks 11th in the conference in rushing defense (154.0 ypg), the Jayhawks will likely stick with a heavy dose of run game, especially coming off a 399-yard, five-touchdown performance against UCF.
The 23rd-ranked Jayhawks are set to kickoff against Oklahoma State at 2:30 p.m. on FS1, with KU being favored by 3.0 points.