The Case for Kansas

I'll come out and say it. KU doesn't deserve to play in the title game.


I'd give us about one in four odds of gritting our way through our next 3 games and in that eventuality, there will be no more deserving team than Kansas. As far as I'm concerned, there isn't an argument, and I'm confident that whoever it is that determines this sort of thing will agree with me.

USAToday's Mike Lopresti Agrees.

Here's a few reasons why...

We've come to make the case for Kansas. With Ohio State's belly flop, there's a crowd moving toward the Bowl Championship Series penthouse. The Jayhawks might be 10-0 — the finest record this side of Oahu — but they're still a little back in the line. Kansas, however, cannot and should not be denied if it finishes the regular season unbeaten.

Six reasons to like the Jayhawks:

• Fast finish. If they are 13-0, that means they likely will have beaten 9-1 Missouri and 9-1 Oklahoma in their last two games. The case should be closed.

• Dominance. In 600 minutes this season, Kansas has trailed only 27:15. Six times the Jayhawks have fallen behind, and five times they scored on their next possession to tie or go ahead.

FIND MORE STORIES IN: Oklahoma | Ohio State | Kansas | Bowl Championship Series | Reesing • Balance. They have 28 touchdowns passing and 26 rushing. They are second in the nation in scoring offense and second in scoring defense.

• New age. Kansas has not been 10-0 since 1899 nor won 10 in a row since 1909 nor had a head coach with a winning record at Kansas since 1966. At the moment, Mark Mangino is 35-35.

• Efficiency. Kansas has a nation's best turnover margin of plus-20. Quarterback Todd Reesing, who didn't even have the starting job until late August, has 26 touchdown passes and only four interceptions.

• Teamwork. Eleven different players have interceptions. Through last week, the Jayhawks hadn't had a Big 12 player of the week on offense or defense all season.