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Kansas Jayhawks football team to play in Guaranteed Rate Bowl: opponent, time, details

The Kansas Jayhawks will play the UNLV Rebels in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl college football game at 8 p.m. Central Time on Dec. 26 in Phoenix.

This is KU’s second straight bowl appearance. Last season’s Liberty Bowl was a thriller, with the Jayhawks losing to Arkansas 55-53 in triple-overtime at Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium in Memphis.

Kansas went 8-4 this season (5-4 Big 12). The Jayhawks clinched bowl eligibility by beating Oklahoma on Oct. 28.

KU started the season hot with four straight wins. Then, before a game against Texas, star quarterback Jalon Daniels reaggravated a back injury.

Daniels would not play for the rest of the season. But he released a video in November, in which he let Jayhawks fans know that he plans to return to KU next season.

In his absence, backup quarterback Jason Bean led the Jayhawks to a 5-3 record. Bean has thrown for 1,681 yards in eight starts, with 12 touchdowns and four interceptions.

The Jayhawks and Rebels will be meeting for the third time. They played a home-and-home series in 2002 and 2003. KU won the last matchup, 46-24.

UNLV enters the Guaranteed Rate Bowl with a 9-4 record (6-2 Mountain West Conference). The Rebels lost to Boise State in the Mountain West Championship Game on Saturday.