Eight schools on 2017 Kansas football schedule in bowl games, starting today


Kansas defensive tackle Daniel Wise (96) wraps up Ohio running back Dorian Brown (28) during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 at Memorial Stadium. At left is Kansas defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. (2).

Kansas defensive tackle Daniel Wise (96) wraps up Ohio running back Dorian Brown (28) during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 at Memorial Stadium. At left is Kansas defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. (2). by Nick Krug

Eight of 12 schools on the 2017 Kansas football schedule are playing in bowl games, which means they get the benefit of extra practices. Coaches use much of that time with an eye toward next season, trying players at different positions, etc.

All eight 2017 KU foes play their bowl games on ESPN. Dig under your couch cushions for the remote and when you locate it, read on for the bowl schedule of KU’s 2017 foes so you can record them, study the returning players and get a feel for the degree of difficulty of next season’s schedule:

Today, 1:30 p.m.: Central Michigan is an 11-point underdog to Tulsa today on ESPN at 1:30 p.m., in the Miami Beach Bowl. (Here’s hoping that when Kansas returns to bowl action, this is the game).

Friday, 7 p.m.: Ohio’s a five-point underdog to Troy in the Dollar General Bowl, played Friday at 7 p.m.

Dec. 27, 9:15 p.m.: Baylor’s a 10-point underdog against Boise State in the Cactus Bowl.

Dec. 28, 4:30 p.m.: West Virginia’s a 1.5-point underdog against Miami (Fla.) in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

Dec. 28, 8 p.m.: Kansas State’s a 2.5-point underdog vs. Texas A&M.

Dec. 29, 8 p.m.: Oklahoma State’s a 2-point underdog to Colorado in the Alamo Bowl.

Dec. 30, 11 a.m.: TCU’s a 1.5-point favorite against Georgia in the Liberty Bowl.

Jan. 2, 2017, 7:30 p.m.: Oklahoma’s a five-point favorite against Auburn.

Southeast Missouri State (3-8), Texas Tech (5-7), Iowa State (3-9) and Texas (5-7), all on next season’s schedule, did not qualify for bowl games, or in FCS SEMO’s case, the playoffs.

Honors keep rolling in for Payne

Congrats to Kelsie Payne, KU’s first two-time, first-team All-American in volleyball, as selected by American Volleyball Coaches Association, and to Ainise Havili, a third-team selection one year after earning third-team honors.

Payne, Big 12 Player of the Year, Havili and fellow first-team All-Big 12 selection Madison Rigdon all will be seniors next season when the Jayhawks will try to make it to the Final Four, which will be played close to home at Sprint Center.

Havili and Payne are the school’s only first-team All-Americans. Caroline Jarmoc earned second-team honors in 2012, third-team in 2013.

KU earned the outright Big 12 volleyball title by finishing one game ahead of Texas. The Longhorns finished as runner-up to national champion Stanford.


Brett McCabe 1 year, 4 months ago

So, to continue with Tom's riff on upsets.....

Every year we hear the same tired analysis "The so-and-so conference went 5-2 in the bowls, so they clearly are better than everyone thought...."

Looking at the bowls for the Big 12, we are the dogs in 4 of 6 games meaning, that if we were to go, say .500 we are out-performing our seeding by quite a bit. It would be interesting to see a ranking of conferences and how they did against line, rather than general won-loss records.

Six teams in the bowl games is also a good reason for KU to thumb its nose at the conference and say "we'll schedule as we please". Of course, we added to the misery by mystifyingly scheduling MAC teams - with no connection to our recruiting grounds and a notorious ability to compete with P5 teams. This seriously has to get straightened out because, if it doesn't, we will have a 5-win season soon where we could have went bowling with smart, rather than stupid scheduling.

Brad Sherp 1 year, 4 months ago

Before now, I have never seen Texas on the schedule and thought that would be one of the games for us to win.

Tom Keegan 1 year, 4 months ago

Do you do as I do? When a football schedule comes out, I go through it to find games Kansas possibly can win. When a basketball schedule comes out, I go through it to find see which games Kansas possibly can win.

Bryce Landon 1 year, 4 months ago

We're not beating Texas at their house next season. We're just not.

Olympia Wilson 1 year, 4 months ago

I have asked this before, but don't we have to start scheduling at least 1 power 5 team per the Big 12? When does that start?

P.S. Central Michigan was down by almost 50 and I quit watching.

Stephen Burtin 1 year, 4 months ago

It was nice seeing Central Michigan get blown out 55-10. It doesn't mean that we will be able to beat them, but at least they weren't on the winning side of that blowout.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 3 months ago

Schedules are arranged many years in advance; like 5 or something. I'm recalling hearing about games to be played in 2020, though maybe not on our schedule.

Ray Winger 1 year, 4 months ago

Don't the volleyball players deserve their own article and accolades? I mean really, 'First Team All-Americans'. How often does this happen? Remember the repeated articles for the football players. This type of success deserves repeated adulation. Congrats ladyjays!.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 3 months ago

It is old news isn't it? I seem to recall the story first coming out quite a while ago.

Nick Kramer 1 year, 4 months ago

Suggestion: Seems like we should draw our non-con from Texas State, UTSA, Texas at Arlington, Rice, Prairie View, Stephen F Austin - find beatable teams right in your target recruiting territory. If one game has to be a Power 5, go for Duke, Boston College, and Arizona State (like a bowl game until we earn one).

Dirk Medema 1 year, 3 months ago

We lost to Duke the last time we played them.

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