The longest bowl drought among Power 5 programs will continue. In the first year under Les Miles, Kansas’ hopes of bowling died on Saturday. The Jayhawks were easily defeated by Oklahoma State in Stillwater, 31-13, in a contest that probably wasn’t as close as the final score.
This will be the 11th consecutive season where Kansas misses a bowl game. The last appearance for the Jayhawks came in 2008 under Mark Mangino when they defeated Minnesota in the Insight Bowl, 42-21. That came one year after a 12-1 season, an Orange Bowl victory and a No. 7 national ranking.
In 2009, Kansas started 5-0 before dropping its final seven games to miss a bowl. Mangino was fired after the season and the Jayhawks haven’t won more than three games in any season since. Miles is Kansas’ fourth head coach since Mangino was let go. Miles has never won fewer than four games in any full season.
Although a bowl is out of the question, Kansas could still have its best season since 2009 with one win in its final two games. That however, is a tall task. Kansas’ final two games come against a ranked Iowa State in Ames before closing the year at home against Baylor.
- Bowl-Eligible Teams: Clemson (11-0), Pittsburgh (7-3), Virginia (7-3), Virginia Tech (7-3), Wake Forest (7-3), Louisville (6-4), Miami (6-4), Florida State (6-5)
- Bowl-Eligible Hopefuls: Boston College (5-5)
- On the Brink: Duke (4-6), NC State (4-6), North Carolina (4-6), Syracuse (4-6)
- Eliminated: Georgia Tech (2-8)
- Overview: Two teams that missed bowls a season ago became bowl-eligible over the weekend as Florida State and Louisville both notched win No. 6. The ACC is tied with the Big Ten for the most bowl-eligible teams with eight.
Big 12 (6)
- Bowl-Eligible Teams: Baylor (9-1), Oklahoma (9-1), Oklahoma State (7-3), Iowa State (6-4), Kansas State (6-4), Texas (6-4)
- Bowl-Eligible Hopefuls: TCU (5-5)
- On the Brink: Texas Tech (4-6), West Virginia (4-6)
- Eliminated: Kansas (3-7)
- Overview: Kansas became the first Big 12 team to fall out of bowl contention with a 31-13 loss at Oklahoma State. Among Power 5 teams, Kansas has the longest active bowl drought.
Big Ten (8)
- Bowl-Eligible Teams: Ohio State (10-0), Minnesota (9-1), Penn State (9-1), Michigan (8-2), Wisconsin (8-2), Indiana (7-3), Iowa (7-3), Illinois (6-4)
- Bowl-Eligible Hopefuls: None
- On the Brink: Michigan State (4-6), Nebraska (4-6), Purdue (4-6)
- Eliminated: Maryland (3-7), Northwestern (2-8), Rutgers (2-8)
- Overview: The Big Ten has more teams with eight wins than any other conference in the country.
- Bowl-Eligible Teams: Oregon (9-1), Utah (9-1), USC (7-4), Washington (6-4)
- Bowl-Eligible Hopefuls: Arizona State (5-5), California (5-5), Oregon State (5-5), Washington State (5-5)
- On the Brink: Arizona (4-6), Colorado (4-6), Stanford (4-6), UCLA (4-6)
- Eliminated: None
- Overview: The Pac-12 remains the only conference without a team eliminated from bowl contention. Either Oregon State or Washington State will become bowl-eligible this week as the teams meet in Pullman.
- Bowl-Eligible Teams: LSU (10-0), Alabama (9-1), Georgia (9-1), Florida (9-2), Auburn (7-3), Texas A&M (7-3)
- Bowl-Eligible Hopefuls: Kentucky (5-5), Missouri (5-5), Tennessee (5-5)
- On the Brink: Mississippi State (4-6)
- Eliminated: Ole Miss (4-7), South Carolina (4-7), Arkansas (2-8), Vanderbilt (2-8)
- Overview: Ole Miss and South Carolina were both eliminated from bowl contention this past week. Either Missouri or Tennessee will become bowl-eligible this week as the teams meet in Columbia. The SEC has more teams eliminated from bowl contention than any other Power 5 conference.
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