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Recruiting base big factor in South's advantage

Updated: August 24, 2006, 4:53 PM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

The luckiest man in coaching this season is Kansas coach Mark Mangino. The Jayhawks may have a redshirt freshman quarterback and an inexperienced defense, but they could easily play in their second consecutive bowl.

That may not make much sense until you look at Kansas' Big 12 Conference schedule. Defending national champion Texas, Holiday Bowl champion Oklahoma and Cotton Bowl participant Texas Tech rotate off the Jayhawks' schedule. Baylor, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M rotate onto it.

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