Kansas Jayhawks celebrate Kansas redshirt sophomore offensive linebacker Kobe Baynes (70) celebrates with fans as they run on to the field Saturday after defeating Duke 35-27 at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.

There are a lot of feel-good stories around college football right now, especially when it comes to a handful of undefeated teams that shocked expectations.

You’ve got the 4-0 Syracuse Orange with wins over Purdue and Virginia.

There’s 4-0 Washington cruising to victory over Michigan State and Stanford.

Ole Miss, Minnesota, and Florida State are all 4-0 unexpectedly, too.

And then there’s the Kansas Jayhawks, who are 4-0 for the first time since 2009 after their win over previously unbeaten Duke on Saturday. They also did so in front of a sold-out crowd as the excitement over Jawhawks football reaches heights only previously seen when the program had a magical run to the Orange Bowl in 2007.

Many around college football were expecting to see Kansas show up in the polls on Sunday given their success on the field. However, while many of the aforementioned teams showed up in the Coaches Poll, the Jayhawks were not among them, coming in with enough votes to be in 27th place. There was still hope that they’d break through in the AP Poll but Kansas came up just short, leading the way for “Others Receiving Votes” just outside of the Top 25.

While you could certainly make the case that Kansas still has to prove they can compete with the big boys, it would have been a pretty fun honor to get the rankings nod. That they didn’t get ranked rankled a lot of people around the college football world.


Kansas hosts Iowa State on Saturday and, if they win and move to 5-0, it will be hard to argue they don’t deserve to be ranked at that point, no matter what the name on the front of the jersey says.

[AP, CBS Sports]

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Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.