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KU Sports Hour: How big is this week’s game at Duke for Kansas football & what do the Jayhawks do at RB with Velton Gardner gone?

Kansas quarterback Jason Bean (17) throws against the Baylor defense during the third quarter on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021 at Memorial Stadium. (Photo by Nick Krug/Special to the Journal-World)

Kansas quarterback Jason Bean (17) throws against the Baylor defense during the third quarter on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021 at Memorial Stadium. (Photo by Nick Krug/Special to the Journal-World) by Nick Krug

After opening the 2021 season with a feel-good win over South Dakota at home, the Kansas football team has dropped two straight, including last week's 45-7 beatdown at the hands of Baylor.

So KU heads to Durham, N.C., for its final nonconference game of the season against a Duke team that lost its opener but won the next two, including a win over Northwestern last week.

Even though the big picture rebuilding process continues to be king for Kansas, there's still a lot at stake in this week's game and we go over some of that here.

This episode of The KU Sports Hour includes:

• Just how big a better showing against Duke would be for KU

• How realistic is it that Kansas can be in this game?

• What does the Kansas offense do at running back now that Velton Gardner has left the team?

• How does you define progress for KU QB Jason Bean?

• And more...

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Reacting to Big 12 expansion and examining what’s next, plus a look at KU’s chances this weekend vs. Baylor

Kansas coach Lance Leipold watches the team during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Coastal Carolina in Conway, S.C., Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

Kansas coach Lance Leipold watches the team during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Coastal Carolina in Conway, S.C., Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

A lot has changed in the Big 12 Conference since our last KU Sports Hour podcast. Well, sort of.

While no schedules have been altered or seasons modified, the conference does officially have four new teams.

In this week's episode of The KU Sports Hour, we'll examine what BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF bring to the conference and what it means for KU.

After that, we'll take a deeper look at KU football's Big 12 opener against Baylor, which is set for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff this Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

What will KU have to do to stay competitive?

Could the Jayhawks entertain the idea of pulling the upset?

Where do Lance Leipold and the Jayhawks sit 2 weeks into the season?

All of that and more...

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KU Sports Hour: Breaking down a season-opening KU football win & a monster of a challenge in Week 2

Kansas wide receiver Lawrence Arnold (2) reacts after scoring what proved to be the winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021 at Memorial Stadium. (Photo by Nick Krug/Special to the Journal-World)

Kansas wide receiver Lawrence Arnold (2) reacts after scoring what proved to be the winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021 at Memorial Stadium. (Photo by Nick Krug/Special to the Journal-World) by Nick Krug

The Kansas football team picked up a rare victory in the opening game of the Lance Leipold era last Friday night, 17-14 over visiting South Dakota.

Now, the 1-0 Jayhawks head south to take on No. 17 Coastal Carolina in a monster of a challenge in Week 2. Kickoff is slated for 6:30 p.m. and the game will be televised by ESPN2.

Here's a look back at the opener and a look ahead at the challenge that awaits.

This episode includes:

• Jason Bean's strong debut

• What to make of the running game issues

• Game balls from Game 1

• Can KU stay competitive with Coastal Carolina?

• And more...

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KU Sports Hour: It’s Game Week! Over/Under 1.5 wins, Players to watch, Team strengths & more…

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Talking the Alliance, KU’s QB battle, notes from camp and more…

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Breaking down the wave of Buffalo transfers joining the KU football program

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