Basketball Blue Blood Now Football Revelation Stories

Lawrence, Kan. – This is not the usual game between Kansas and Duke on Saturday afternoon.

When most people think of Kansas and Duke in sports, the first thing that comes to their minds are the most prestigious basketball centers. The history between the two programs is enough to fill 1,100+ miles between the two universities.

But this football season will be something a little different. Both teams started 2022 with a 3-0 score making their new coaches look like geniuses in the process.

Duke’s Mike Elko is in his first season as head coach after years as a defensive assistant, most recently at Texas A&M; He took charge of David Cutcliffe after 14 years in Durham. Kuwait University’s Lance Leibold was in his sophomore year in Lawrence after the 2021 2-10 season that ended with a historic win in Texas.

Leibold’s quick turnaround from the Jayhawks put him in great consideration for the opening in Nebraska.

The Blue Devils closed Temple and went out of their way to upset Northwestern before returning home to beat North Carolina A&T.

They are led by quarterback Riley Leonard who has a completion percentage of over 70% so far this season.

Outside of the Jayhawks’ victory over FCS opponent Tennessee Tech, their victory over West Virginia and Houston came as a shock to the world of college football.

Quarterback Jalon Daniels is slowly becoming a household name as a dynamic double threat. 803 total yards and 10 total touchdowns puts Daniels in the spotlight and catalyst for his first 3-0 start in Kansas since 2009.

While offenses may have affected both teams, defenses may be the units that make this game a festive point game.

Both defenses average more than 300 attacking yards per game (348 for Duke, 382 for Cologne).

If there is any indication in the past year, it will be a high-goal game at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.

The Blue Devils defeated Kansas last year 52-33 while making 607 yards of total attack against the 530-yard Kansas.

The Jayhawks led 24-21 in the first half before Duke’s comeback led to a 21-3 in the third quarter in favor of the hosts who decided the match in the end.

The last start to an undefeated season in Kansas was in 2009 when Mark Mangino started the season 5-0 but eventually finished the season 5-7 with one win in the round of 12 and Mangino resigned after the season.

With one Big 12 win already, if the Jayhawks football team can win more than six games, the basketball team may have to wait a little longer for their turn to come into the spotlight in winter.

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