The CFP Selection Committee will select all of college football’s bowl games this afternoon. This is where we predict Kansas football will land.
Kansas football finished its historic regular season at 8-4 with a win over Cincinnati and is heading to a bowl game for a consecutive year. Lance Leipold’s group holds victories over teams like Oklahoma and Iowa State but finished eighth in the Big 12 standings due to a 5-4 conference record.
The Big 12 Conference is eligible for the Rose Bowl, the Alamo Bowl, the Pop-Tarts Bowl, the Guaranteed Rate Bowl, the Texas Bowl, the Armed Forces Bowl, the Liberty Bowl, the Independence Bowl, and the Gasparilla Bowl. Many Jayhawk fans yearned for the Pop-Tarts Bowl in Orlando, Florida, but unfortunately, it doesn’t look like they’ll make it there.
Here is where we project Kansas football to be selected today.
Kansas Football Bowl Game Projection: Guaranteed Rate Bowl
The Guaranteed Rate Bowl is the most likely destination for KU.
Oklahoma State and West Virginia have represented the conference in the past two seasons. Kansas fans might remember it as the Insight Bowl, which was its name from 2002 to 2011. The Jayhawks defeated Minnesota under Mark Mangino in 2008 in this bowl.
Kansas might have a shot at a better game if Oklahoma is selected for a New Year’s Six bowl. However, that doesn’t look like it’ll happen considering no team less than six spots ahead of them lost in this week’s slate of games.
While nothing is set in stone, KU’s opponent should be one of these three Big Ten schools: Rutgers, Northwestern, or Maryland.
Rutgers finished 6-6 in the Big Ten East under former NFL head coach Greg Schiano. Northwestern finished 7-5 despite losing coach Pat Fitzgerald in the offseason due to a hazing scandal. And Maryland also holds a 7-5 record but finished conference play under .500 with Taulia Tagovailoa under center.
The Guaranteed Rate Bowl will be played on Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. As of right now, that’s where we expect Kansas to play.