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Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook

October 16, 2007

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Reesing hoping to extend perfect record

After six collegiate starts, sophomore Todd Reesing still owns a perfect record as KU's QB. Enlarge video

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Kansas University's Oct. 27 game at Texas A&M has been scheduled for a 6 p.m. kickoff. It will be televised by ESPN2.

That game will mark the fourth straight week the Jayhawks will be on television and the second straight time on the ESPN family of networks. KU's game at Colorado on Saturday will be televised by ESPN.

Both the Colorado and Texas A&M games will be available in high definition.

Fine with him

KU announced last week that no tickets remain for the Nov. 24 game with Missouri, which was moved to Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

"I think it's exciting that the game is sold out," KU coach Mark Mangino said. "I think that's what both schools wanted to happen, and it has happened."

While the Jayhawks will have the advantage of not having to travel to Columbia, Mo., next year for the final year of the two-year deal, it did lose the homefield advantage this year.

Still, Mangino was OK with that after having conversations with athletic director Lew Perkins.

"He wanted to know if I'd be interested in playing a game there at some point in time," Mangino said. "All I asked Lew is if we're going to play a Big 12 North opponent there, that I would like for it be a home and away - both teams give up a home game. That would be my only preference. Lew said he thought that was fair."

Remember the Bulls?

Kansas no doubt has been one of the surprises in college football this season, but the top honor might just go to South Florida.

The Bulls, ranked No. 2 in the latest polls, have started 6-0 with victories over Auburn, North Carolina and West Virginia.

"They are a very good football team," Mangino said. "I knew it a year ago when they came here to play. I thought they were outstanding, especially on defense."

Yes, those South Florida Bulls were in Lawrence on Sept. 23, 2006, when the Jayhawks squeaked by them, 13-7.

"They were fantastic on defense. They had big, strong guys that ran really well. Really impressive-looking kids," Mangino said. "On offense, they were just starting to put it together. (Quarterback) Matt Grothe was still young, learning the ropes, but you could see they had talent on offense."

The Jayhawks will get another look next year: They're scheduled to play at South Florida on Sept. 13, 2008.

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