Sunday, November 19, 2006

KU qualifies, but bid not guaranteed

Jayhawks bowl-eligible, but could be left out of postseason


Bowl-eligibility is here for Kansas University's football team, after beating Kansas State, 39-20, Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

"We're going to a bowl game," cornerback Aqib Talib said. "Now we've got to work to get to a better bowl game."

Not so fast, Aqib.

Kansas is the ninth Big 12 Conference team to qualify for the postseason, and the conference only has eight guaranteed tie-ins for its member institutions.

KU (6-5) isn't a lock to get one of those eight. A victory next week at Missouri probably would be enough, but seven teams in the league currently have a better record than Kansas. Oklahoma State (6-5) has the same record with a rivalry game against Oklahoma scheduled this week.

By rule, all 7-5 teams must be taken care of before a 6-6 team can be invited.

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So, if Kansas wins and Oklahoma State loses next week, Kansas is guaranteed a spot in a Big 12-affiliated bowl, possibly the Insight, Independence or Texas Bowl.

With nine teams eligible, though, it's likely that at least one conference school will be hoping to snag an at-large berth.

The Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego offers one, but it could be getting tougher for a Big 12 team to get it. The Pac-10, right in the Poinsettia Bowl's region, now has extra teams eligible after Arizona's victory Saturday and will need an at-large berth to satisfy its schools' demands, too.

Other possibilities include the Motor City Bowl in Detroit and the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque, N.M., which may have at-large berths due to conferences not filling all their tie-ins. In all, three or four at-large berths could open up for what could be a lot of eligible teams left out in the cold.

It was speculation beforehand. But KU's third straight victory Saturday put Kansas in the middle of bowl-bubble discussions, with only a game at Missouri left to be played.

"If we go 4-0 in our last four games, it makes us a lock for a bowl," quarterback Kerry Meier said. "That's what we're working for, to get to the postseason."

KU coach Mark Mangino, meanwhile, wouldn't touch bowl talk Saturday, instead pointing out the importance of the Missouri game.

"That's all we're going to talk about," Mangino said. "That's all we're going to focus on. We are going to play our rival this Saturday, and we're going to get ready to do that."


LivedinLawrence4Life 13 years, 2 months ago

I think it would make more of a statement and be a much classier win if the students expected KU to win and left the goal posts in place. Rushing the field and tearing down the goal posts gives K-State the satisfaction of knowing that we didn't expect to beat them!

Jason Leib 13 years, 2 months ago

Absolutely right LiL4L.

You should never tear down the goalposts in a game you're favored in.

Jacobpaul81 13 years, 2 months ago

Wouldn't it be even classier if we never charged the field and pulled down the goal posts? There should never be a win in Memorial Stadium that it so big, that it should be deemed necessary to charge the field and lower the goalposts.

Michael Bratisax 13 years, 2 months ago

Really...? The largest crowd ever recorded at Memorial Stadium and we soundly beat one of our archrivals and you think the fans shouldn't enjoy the victory? All that happened was a celebration at the final home game of the season. Fun was had by all. Compare KU fans and players to schools like Miami and you'll see that we have more than enough class. Lighten up.

Michael Bratisax 13 years, 2 months ago

By the way..KU was only a 3 pnt. favorite. Not exactly overwhelming

kuhawksr1 13 years, 2 months ago

I'll bet every one of you that have posted thus far are nearing or over the 40 mark! Rewind 15+ years of your life, put yourself in the same position and mindset as a student and think again. Was I crazy about it, no. Didn't want to see it happen as our (older, wiser) expectations are higher now BUT, I'm not going to slam the students for doing it. They were louder and more supportive of our team this year than three-quarters of everyone else in the stadium. They deserved the fun as much as anyone!

Roy Scherff 13 years, 2 months ago

Give us a couple of more years of showing up in the win column and the goal post love affair will take care of itself.

Michael Leiker 13 years, 2 months ago

I have a hard time believing that so many parents let their little kids (12 and under) on the field during the postgame. I was down by the north goal post and it was kind of scary, it was probably 25% little kids.

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