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Central Michigan running back Devon Spalding (13) lands on two KU defender after scoring a touchdown in CMU’s win over KU Saturday, Sept. 9 at Memorial Stadium.

Central Michigan running back Devon Spalding (13) lands on two KU defender after scoring a touchdown in CMU’s win over KU Saturday, Sept. 9 at Memorial Stadium. by Mike Yoder

Athlon Sports updates throughout the year its rankings of the 130 FBS football programs. Athlon ranked Kansas 107th in its most recent update, nine spots ahead of Central Michigan, which KU faces in a road game Sept. 8. Michigan transfer Shane Morris threw for 467 yards and five touchdowns without throwing an interception in last season's 45-27 victory vs. Kansas in Memorial Stadium, since renamed David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.

Morris is gone and this season's game will be played in Kelly/Shorts Stadium, which could spell the end of KU's 46-game road losing streak. The record doesn't count three losses to Missouri at Arrowhead Stadium, a neutral site.

A look at the Athlon rankings of the 11 FBS schools on KU's 2018 schedule:

Athlon
Ranking
School Most recent
result vs. KU
6 Oklahoma L, 41-3
18 Texas L, 42-27
21 West Virginia L, 56-34
24 Kansas State L, 30-20
26 TCU L, 43-0
33 Iowa State L, 45-0
39 Oklahoma St. L, 58-17
49 Texas Tech L, 65-19
78 Baylor L, 38-9
85 Rutgers L, 27-14 (2015)
116 Central Michigan L, 45-27

Comments

Dillon Davis 4 months, 2 weeks ago

If we don't do anything this season, can we at least end this embarrassing streak...?

Brett McCabe 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Sounds like it should be a competitive game. Perhaps the streak can come to an end. I'll be interested to see the line going in.

John Fitzgerald 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Looks like we should be favored in two games then--Nicholls State and CMU. Surely we can get at least one win out of those, right? And weren't we favored to beat CMU last year? Maybe?

Len Shaffer 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Yep, I think we were a 5- or 6-point favorite.

Daniel Kennamore 4 months, 2 weeks ago

So, when we get blown out by them 42-6 in week two...can we fire Beaty then or do we have to wait until December?

Jeff Coffman 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm more worried about week 1 right now...it'll be interesting to see if we are favored for that game.

Put me on record, if Beaty can't win all of the first 3, he should not be the head coach heading into conference play. If you can't beat the non-conference, then we can't count on you to beat the conference foes.

Is it 2-1 on FBS and 0-6 against non-P5 now?

John Fitzgerald 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Administration has made it clear they won’t fire Beaty this year regardless of what happens. He will get 5 years.

Jonathan Allison 4 months, 2 weeks ago

two things that are important to KUs pursuit of a good head coaching hire:

  1. Showing that we have plans to upgrade our facilities.

  2. Showing that we will give the coach a chance to recruit and build the program.

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