Jayhawks Inch Up In National Football Polls

Sept. 27, 2009

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Coming off a 35-28 victory against previously unbeaten Southern Mississippi, the Kansas Jayhawk football team inched its way up in the national polls released Sunday.

The Jayhawks moved from 19th to 16th in the USA Today/Coaches Poll and from 20th to 18 in the Associated Press listings. Kansas was also ranked 16th in the first Harris Interactive College Football Poll, which along with the USA Today poll, is part of the BCS formula.

Kansas, which is one of just 13 teams with a 4-0 record this year, has a six-game winning streak dating back to last season. Those six consecutive victories rank fourth in the country behind Florida (14 straight), Texas (eight) and Iowa (eight).

The Jayhawks rank in the top 20 in six major statistical categories including fourth in rushing defense (59.25), seventh in total offense (511.50), ninth in scoring offense (40.50), 13th in passing offense (302.25), 14th in scoring defense (13.50) and 19th in rushing offense (209.25).

The top nine teams are identical in both polls with Florida, Texas, Alabama, LSU, Boise State, Virginia Tech, USC, Oklahoma and Ohio State ranking one through nine respectively. In all, five Big 12 teams are ranked in the AP, including No. 2 Texas, No. 8 Oklahoma, No. 14 Oklahoma State, No. 18 Kansas and No. 23 Nebraska and six are in the USA Today listing including No. 2 Texas, No. 8 Oklahoma, No. 12 Oklahoma State, No. 16 Kansas, No. 23 Missouri and No. 24 Nebraska.

Big 12 teams in the Harris poll include No. 2 Texas, No. 9 Oklahoma, No. 15 Oklahoma State, No. 16 Kansas, No. 24 Nebraska and No. 25 Missouri

Kansas will have a bye week before hosting Iowa State in its annual homecoming game on Oct. 10. Kickoff time will be announced on Monday, Sept. 28.

AP and USA Today/Coaches Polls

Harris Poll