Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook



The Border War 2007

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¢ 6Sports video: Beaten but still in top 5<br /> ¢ 6News video: Fans cheer on Hawks from Lawrence<br /> ¢ 6News video: Crowds brave cold for ESPN's Gameday<br /> ¢ 6News video: Broken dreams<br />

Reader poll

Personnel-wise, who do you think creates the the biggest matchup problem for KU's defense?

  • QB Chase Daniel 35% 1656 votes
  • RB Tony Temple 1% 72 votes
  • TE Martin Rucker 9% 463 votes
  • TE Chase Coffman 6% 289 votes
  • Do-it-all Jeremy Maclin 44% 2045 votes
  • Someone else 2% 114 votes

4639 total votes.

Collins a finalist

KU junior left tackle Anthony Collins has been named one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy, given to college football's best interior lineman.

Collins joins LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey and Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long as finalists. The winner will be announced Dec. 6.

A KU edge?

Until 79,451 fans fill Arrowhead Stadium to capacity for Saturday's battle between No. 2 Kansas and No. 3 Missouri, there will be no way of knowing for sure how many people will be there cheering for the Jayhawks.

But KU officials are guessing they have a noticeable edge - perhaps 50,000 KU fans to 30,000 Missouri supporters.

Cue the math lesson.

"Through us, we sold about 40,000 tickets," associate athletic director Jim Marchiony said, a figure that includes 31,000 season tickets.

In addition, the season-ticket holders of the Kansas City Chiefs had the option to buy tickets for the game, and about 20,000 more were sold that way. It's impossible to tell which team any of them are rooting for, but Marchiony said a guess of 50-50 probably wouldn't be too far off.

Presto. A rough estimate of the support for Saturday's 7 p.m. game.

"We think we'll have a minimum of 50,000 fans there," Marchiony said.

Profit sharing

With the overwhelming success of the game, Kansas and Missouri are cashing in even more than they originally thought.

The two schools each received a $1 million guarantee for moving the 2007 game to Arrowhead Stadium. But the contract also calls for profit sharing if a certain amount of tickets are sold. With the game a sellout, Kansas and Missouri both will get a little more money in the bank.

"We don't know what that number is," Marchiony said. "It's probably somewhere in the neighborhood of a quarter-million dollars more."

All neutral

The 2005 Kansas-Oklahoma game at Arrowhead was treated as a KU home game, with the video board and overall presentation slanted toward the Jayhawks.

That won't be the case for the Border War games. The game will be treated as though there is no home team both Saturday and in 2008.

Not a fan

With the move to Arrowhead, Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel will have just one memory of KU's Memorial Stadium in his college career.

And he hated it.

"We went to Kansas my freshman year, and got beat I think 13-3," Daniel said. "I just really didn't like their stadium at all. I didn't like how it was set up, I didn't like playing there. I didn't like playing on their home turf.

"So to get it at Arrowhead : it's huge for us."

Not a finalist

KU quarterback Todd Reesing was not among the three finalists for the Davey O'Brien award, given annually to the nation's top quarterback. The list was narrowed to Daniel, Oregon's Dennis Dixon and Florida's Tim Tebow.

Also, KU cornerback Aqib Talib is not one of three finalists for the Thorpe Award, given to college football's best defensive back. Those three are Arizona's Antoine Cason, Boston College's Jamie Silva and LSU's Craig Steltz.

Not empty-handed

Reesing was, however, honored as the Big 12 co-offensive player of the week for his performance against Iowa State on Saturday.

Reesing split the honor with Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell.

Missouri injuries

MU coach Gary Pinkel said the Tigers were in good shape from an injury standpoint heading to Arrowhead.

"(Wide receiver) Will Franklin has a bruised back. : We expect him to be 100 percent," Pinkel said. "Other than that, we're fortunate we're in good shape."


Displayhawk 10 years, 7 months ago

That Todd Reesing, who by the way, was the top vote-getter for the Davey O'Brien award, did not become a finalist is a complete joke! How can they snub a kid who has his team unbeaten when it was predicted that the team would finish at best fourth in the North division of the Big 12??? The awards ceremony is in Orlando, so who do you think is going to receive the award??? I thought this was a classy award, but it smacks of a payoff to me!

Nutflush21 10 years, 7 months ago

Nice comment from Daniel about our stadium. Luckily our athletic department bailed him out.

Mike Crosbie 10 years, 7 months ago

I'm sick of hearing people crying about lost revenues from moving a game to Arrowhead. LOOK AT THE SCHEDULES:

2006- 7 games in Lawrence 2007- 7 games in Lawrence

Where is the lost game??? Rather than crying about lost revenues, people should be giving credit to the athletic department for keeping 7 games in town and reaping the additional benefits and exposure of the biggest game of the year in the biggest venue possible, everyone benefits in the long run. Rock Chalk..Beat MU !!!!

10 years, 7 months ago

One of the funniest things about the MU vs. KU game at Memorial Stadium in 2005 was watching their mascot, Truman, on the sidelines after each Tiger blunder. His body language was priceless. It looked like at any time he was going to look for a short rope and a tall tree.

okjhok 10 years, 7 months ago

I don't have a huge problem with Reesing not being a finalist. While this is a product of preseason media expectations, it also is a product of Reesing playing in a more balanced offense, and while he has great numbers, he doesn't have huge numbers because we don't need him to. I've got a feeling he'll get his shot over the next couple of years. Not a huge deal.

What is a joke is that Craig Steltz is a Thorpe finalist. This is a free safety with half the athleticism of Aqib Talib. No, he didn't get burned as often as Talib. But he also didn't play man coverage. He played center field and had a bunch of interceptions off of terrible throws. I'm very surprised at this development.

As for Daniel's comments...he's right about our stadium. It is pretty unimpressive, and it's all because of the track. The only option is to remove the track, lower the field, and add more seats around the field, bringing the fans and players closer together.

seattlehawk_78 10 years, 7 months ago

I'm concerend about injuries as well. We've been fortunate thus far but it looks like it could play a role this weekend.

jayhawkinATL 10 years, 7 months ago

Hate to agree with Chase, but our stadium is VERY unappealing!!!! Can't wait for the day that the track is dug out and the field lowered. The seating is way too far away from the action. Love the stadiums where players running out of bounds have to slam on the brakes just after plowing through the thin barrier of sideline players.

vmyers 10 years, 7 months ago

I just really don't like Chase Daniel's face at all. I don't like how it is set up, I don't like looking at it. I don't like watching his face on TV.

So to humiliate him in front of 80,000... its huge for us.

FlaHawk 10 years, 7 months ago

KU wins as a team and loses as a team. Only over-hyped and good athletes make the final cut. You have too have both.

Reesing has had a fantastic year, but he is a year or two away from the final cut.

JJHawq 10 years, 7 months ago

I agree - our stadium could use a re-working - but Chase Daniel can suck it.

Seth Peattie 10 years, 7 months ago


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