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Tuesday, November 7, 2006

Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook

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Kansas University's Nov. 18 football game against Kansas State will kick off at 2:30 p.m. and be televised by Fox Sports Net (Sunflower Broadband channel 36).

It's the second-straight season the KU-KSU game will be televised. Last year's 12-3 K-State victory also aired on FSN.

With Monday's announcement, it's assured that the remainder of KU's games will be televised. In addition to the K-State game, KU's regular-season finale at Missouri on Nov. 25 will air on ABC. Kickoff for that game is 11 a.m.

¢ SoCal bound?: With bowl season inching closer, the bowl projections are out in full force - and some include Kansas in sunny Southern California next month.

Collegefootballnews.com projects the Jayhawks going to San Diego and playing Utah in the Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 19. ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach also predicts a Utah-Kansas matchup in San Diego.

Sports Illustrated's Stewart Mandel projects Kansas in the Poinsettia Bowl against Air Force.

The Poinsettia Bowl is not affiliated with the Big 12 Conference, but it does have an at-large berth that's up for grabs. Considering the Big 12 could have nine bowl-eligible teams and only eight bowl tie-ins, the team left out could be an appealing BCS squad for the second-year bowl.

Kansas, of course, has business to take care of first. At 5-5, it needs one more victory in its final two games to be bowl-eligible.

¢ Other projections: CBS Sportsline, MSNBC and ESPN.com's Ivan Maisel do not project Kansas playing in a bowl game. CBS and MSNBC picked Northern Illinois to snag the at-large berth in the Poinsettia Bowl, while Maisel thinks UCLA will get it.

None of the major sites project Kansas playing in a Big 12-affilated bowl game.

¢ Former coaches struggling: Two of KU's former football coaches are struggling elsewhere in 2006.

Minnesota coach Glen Mason, who led Kansas from 1988 to 1996, has coached the Gophers to a 4-6 record this year. It has led to speculation concerning Mason's future in Minneapolis, though the Gophers did rebound and crush Indiana, 63-26, Saturday to end a mostly putrid six-week stretch. Minnesota needs to win out playing at Michigan State and Iowa to be bowl-eligible.

Down in Division I-AA, first-year Missouri State coach Terry Allen, KU's leader from 1997-2001, has led the Bears to a dismal 1-9 record, including an 0-6 mark in the Gateway Conference.

Missouri State's lone victory was a 45-14 victory over Division-II foe Southwest Baptist.

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