Just a few hours before kickoff in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl, there has been a significant development in the game between UNLV and Kansas football. Jayhawks starting quarterback Jason Bean has been rumored to be feeling sick when he woke up this morning, which coincides with the spread adjusting by multiple points.
KU was previously a 12.5 and 13.5-point favorite on DraftKings Sportsbook for the past week. But two hours before the game, the line has changed to make the Jayhawks an 8-point favorite. That would suggest that someone in Vegas knows something that the fans don't.
Bean has started eight of Kansas' 12 games in the 2023 season, throwing for 1,681 yards, 12 touchdowns, and four interceptions. He has also added 259 yards and three more scores on the ground. The team holds a 5-2 record in games that he has played in full.
Tonight is the final opportunity for Bean to put on a Jayhawk uniform, as the supersenior is out of eligibility after this year. He spent three years at North Texas before transferring to Kansas when Lance Leipold took the head coaching job.
If he does wind up being ruled out by the KU medical staff, true freshman Cole Ballard would take his place. He took over for Bean when he sustained a head injury against Texas Tech and then started the Sunflower Showdown vs. Kansas State, completing 11-of-16 passes for 162 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Although he has shown flashes of talent, the Jayhawks have yet to win a game with him playing.
Bryson Stricker of Bleacher Report broke the news, but his sources don't believe he will be held out from the contest today. However, we can't be too sure considering Lance Leipold has practiced gamesmanship tactics many times at the quarterback position with Jalon Daniels. Ultimately, we won't know who will be under center until the Jayhawks take the field.