News and Notes: The Border War

News and notes while thinking that every candidate for the KU athletic director gig should have to answer the question, "Will you change the name of the Kansas-Missouri rivalry back to ‘The Border War,' like it should be?"

· Kansas (3-8 overall, 1-6 Big 12) will head to Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium for the annual rivalry game with #15 Missouri (9-2, 5-2) Saturday. Kickoff is at 11:30 a.m. and the game will be televised on FSN.

· The KU-MU series is the second-most played series in the NCAA (118 previous meetings), just two behind the Battle for the Paul Bunyan's Axe.

· The teams have played for 91 consecutive seasons, beginning in 1919.

· KU is playing at a neutral site for the first time this season and is 4-4 in neutral-site games since the formation of the Big 12 in 1996.

· KU has won its final game of the season four of the last six years (including three bowl victories).

· KU is playing its third straight game against a ranked team, marking just the second time in the last 32 years that KU played three ranked teams in successive games. They took on three ranked foes October 1998.

· KU is closing its season with three straight ranked teams for the first time since 1973.

· A win over Mizzou would give KU two wins over ranked teams in the same season for the first time since the Orange Bowl season when the Jayhawks beat defeated No. 24 Kansas State and No. 5 Virginia Tech.

· Despite defeating Kansas and playing in the Big 12 Conference championship game in 2007, Missouri didn't even sniff the Orange Bowl that year. Instead, they got to play in the Cotton Bowl, which, thanks to a 7 a.m. kickoff, was seen by tens and tens of people. But it was good for recruiting.

· KU's game is being televised by FSN for the sixth time this year.

· Twenty seniors will be playing their final game in the crimson and blue Saturday: K Jacob Branstetter, OL Sal Capra, TE Bradley Dedeaux, LB Drew Dudley, DB Chris Harris, WR Rod Harris, WR Tertavian Ingram, DE Jake Laptad, LB Dakota Lewis, S Olaitan Oguntodu, WR Reece Petty, RB Angus Quigley, P Alonso Rojas, CB Calvin Rubles, OL Alex Smith, LB Justin Springer, S Phillip Strozier, OL Brad Thorson, WR Johnathan Wilson and DE Quintin Woods. Thanks for your dedication and hard work, guys.

· The last three games in this series – all at Arrowhead Stadium – have been three of the better games in the history of this rivalry, each being decided by one score. Prior to this stretch, the last KU-MU game decided by one score was a 38-34 MU win (2001) in which Terry Allen puked all over his own shoes. No gameball that day, right, Coach? Thanks for the effort.

· The last time KU and MU played three straight games decided by one score was 1961-63.

· The last time KU and MU played four straight close games was actually a five-game stretch from 1955-59. Each was decided by one score.

· KU leads the series 55-54-9, despite what the MU media guide says. Ignore them; they lie. Remember: they airbrush their own players out of photos. Nothing is beneath them.

· KU holds a 13-8-3 advantage in games played in Kansas City.

· D.J. Beshears (868) needs just 21 kickoff return yards to break the school record of 888 set by Marcus Herford in 2007.

· DB Tyler Patmon has recorded at least two PBUs in four consecutive games (had three vs. Colorado).

· WR Johnathan Wilson (1,450) needs 50 receiving yards to become the 14th player in KU history to record 1,500 receiving yards. He also needs two receptions to become the eighth Jayhawk with 120 career receptions and five to pass Clark Green (122) for seventh on the KU career receptions list.

· DB Chris Harris (284) needs 11 tackles to tie Darrell Stuckey (295) for second on the KU career tackles list by a defensive back.

· Good news, bad news. The good news is, Harris has recorded double-figure tackles in three straight games and four of the last five. The bad news is, he's a safety.

· Harris should make his team-high 42nd career start, which is a pretty amazing streak.

· DE Jake Laptad (20) needs one sack to pass Ron Warner (20.5) for second on the KU career list and five to pass all-time leader Algie Atkinson (24).

· A KU win would give KU a win in its final game of the year for the fifth time in the last seven years, stop a nine-game losing streak in games away from Memorial Stadium (last win was at UTEP last year) and improve KU to 5-3 vs. Missouri in the last eight seasons.

· A KU loss would be KU's 16th loss in its last 19 games, drop KU to 1-4 against Missouri in the last five years and would just generally stink.

· Celebrity birthdays on Saturday include Urkel (34); ex-Mrs. Mike Tyson and unemployed actress, Robin Givens (46); Caroline Kennedy (53); and country singer Eddie Rabbit (69).

· Please, don't get up: dead celebrity birthdays include Jimi Hendrix (67); Bruce Lee (69); Howdy Doody's TV sidekick, "Buffalo Bob" Smith (93); and longtime voice of the LA Lakers, Chick Hearn (94). Top Stories