Kansas Football Now In Top 20 Of Both National Polls

Sept. 20, 2009

LAWRENCE, Kan. – After starting the season ranked 25th in the Associated Press poll and un-ranked in the USA Today/Coaches Poll, the Kansas Jayhawks have slowly moved to 20th in the AP and 19th in the coaches’ listings this week.

Three straight victories to begin the 2009 season have put the Jayhawks in the top 20 in both polls heading into this week’s home game against Southern Mississippi. The Jayhawks host USM on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 11 a.m. in a game which will be televised on FSN.

KU is ranked among the nation’s top 20 for the 19th time in the last three seasons of the Associated Press poll.

“They are far better than the No. 22 ranked team,” said Duke Head Coach David Cutcliffe after Saturday’s 44-16 loss to KU when the Jayhawks were ranked 22nd. “People are going to have a hard time defending that team. They make you look a little worse than what you are.”

Florida tops the AP poll followed by Texas, Alabama, Mississippi and Penn State. The coaches have Florida, Texas, Alabama, Penn state and Mississippi In addition to Texas and Kansas, other Big 12 teams in the polls include Oklahoma (10th AP and ninth Coaches), Oklahoma State (16th/16th), Nebraska (25th/24th) and Missouri (not ranked/21st). Texas Tech received votes in both polls.