The Kansas football team rarely has to face the expectations of a match they have to win. However, the first game of this season against Nicholls State qualifies without a doubt like that.
KU, who made 3-33 over the three seasons of coach David Beaty, will not have a competition easier than this one. Nicholls State is a good FCS team, ranked 17th in the national pre-season poll, but even with KU in a rebuilding phase, there must still be a noticeable difference between the two programs.
With a victory? KU can fully focus on its efforts to end a run of 46 defeats next week against Central Michigan.
Kick off: 18h Saturday
Where: Memorial Stadium, Lawrence
TV: Jayhawk Network (ESPN + broadcast, KMCI [Channel 38] in the KC area or Cox Cable in another location in Kansas)
Radio: WHB (810 AM) in Kansas City, KFH (1240 AM) in Wichita
Tickets: $ 20-55
Five things to know
The colonels have recently been competitive against the enemies of FBS. Nicholls State was tied with Texas A & M in the fourth quarter of last season before falling from 24 to 14 and the previous year he lost by two against the ninth in Georgia in Athens.
Peyton Bender will be the starting quarterback of KU. Beaty announced his decision on social media last week, and said at the Big 12 teleconference on Monday that Bender had demonstrated improved leadership and balloon safety in fall practices.
This should mark the beginning of two talented newcomers to KU Louisiana. Cornerback Corione Harris and running back Pooka Williams are the first rookies of KU’s top 200 rivals who have completed high school, and both are expected to play immediately as new freshmen.
Five dollars will give you the game on TV or online. KU Athletics announced last week that it has partnered with the ESPN + broadcast service, which means that all KU fans can get unrestricted games for $ 4.99 a month. KU football fans may find this particularly useful this month (the service may be canceled at any time) as the Jayhawks’ second game against Central Michigan will also be available for ESPN +.
A great NFL player will be honored. Chris Harris, the Denver Broncos Pro Bowl cornerback, will be added to the team’s ring of honor on Saturday. Quarterback Todd Reesing (September 15) and Referee / Striker Larry Brown (October 27) will be exalted later.
KU, who was a 9.5-point favorite, saw that line drop to 7.5 just before the kickoff. Whether or not it is, coaches and Jayhawks players will be under a lot of pressure to win in what is considered the only “should win” of the year. I see that KU prevails in a near.