Nearing the end of the season, I’m ending the year with something a little different. Up to the end of the season, I’ll give you the best analytical play for the bowl games that day.
Memphis Liberty Bowl, Arkansas vs. Kansas, -2.5
Several quick points
And our winner today is…
First off, Ricky Stromberg (C) and Drew Sanders (EDGE), Arkansas’ top two upperclassmen, aren’t participating in this game.
Bumper Pool, another, had a year-ending injury.
Second, Native Son has transferred to UNLV, which puts the defensive staff in a difficult situation.
Third, given how poorly the season went and Sam Pittman is under criticism following a poor season, do they even want to play in the Liberty Bowl with no water and rolling blackouts?
I don’t know if KU will lose this one, but the game is won on the ground. That almost probably means Arkansas (bad defence or not). This presents a good opportunity for the Hogs given that they are only a field goal away and only a four-hour drive from home. And if Sam Pittman loses a bowl game to a B12 team with a.500 record—one of the poorest in the nation historically—god help him.
Kansas now genuinely wants to be here. They are excited about a weekend on Beale, or really any bowl. And now that Leipold is back, things are improving. Do the Jayhawks, though, have the horses to maintain this pace? No, defensively. They’re still a work in progress even though, as they demonstrated against TCU, they can be problematic at times. And they haven’t actually seen KJJ running loose in the second floor. They have been roasted whenever they have encountered such opponents that are committed to winning the ground game. 300+ to OU, KSU, Baylor, etc.; 400+ to Texas
Too much running game and offensive line.
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