Big Ten teams need Insight on Jayhawks
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
As the Big Ten continues to wait for its postseason assignments -- end the madness, already! -- the league appears to have an opponent for the Insight Bowl. Kansas is expected to announce today that it has accepted an invitation to the Insight, played Dec. 31 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.
The Big 12 can feel a little more confident about getting two BCS entries than the Big Ten, so it's no surprise to see 7-5 Kansas lock up a bowl bid. Kansas will face either Wisconsin or Minnesota in the Insight Bowl, which selects sixth in the Big Ten's bowl order.
As the debate continues in Madison about whether Wisconsin would rather play in the Insight Bowl or Champs Sports Bowl -- the Badgers have made four consecutive trips to Florida bowls -- here's a quick look at the history between Kansas and both Wisconsin and Minnesota, should the teams meet in Tempe.
Wisconsin vs. Kansas
Series: Wisconsin leads 4-2
First meeting: 1901, Wisconsin won 50-0
Last meeting: 1976, No. 9 Kansas won 34-24
Bowl meetings: None
Fun facts: Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Doeren served as Kansas' co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach from 2002-05 before joining Bret Bielema's staff. ... Bielema faced Kansas twice as Kansas State's co-defensive coordinator and saw the Wildcats torch the Jayhawks in 2002 and 2003. ... Neither team has a balanced offense. Wisconsin ranks 14th nationally in rushing but 82nd in passing, while Kansas ranks eighth in passing but 80th in rushing.
Minnesota vs. Kansas
Series: Tied at 3-3
First meeting: 1893, Minnesota won 12-6
Last meeting: 1973, Kansas won 34-19
Bowl meetings: None
Fun facts: Gophers wide receiver Brodrick Smith hails from Garden City, Kan., but chose Minnesota over Kansas State, where his father played wide receiver. ... Former Minnesota coach Glen Mason came to the Gophers from Kansas, where he went 47-54-1 between 1988-96.