Dillon Gee kept the Royals' momentum going with six sharp innings, Alcides Escobar hit a three-run homer and Kansas City beat the New York Yankees 8-5 on Monday night to open their three-game set.
David Beaty's best chance at his first win as the KU head football coach may come against the Rams.
Jesse Ertz will start at quarterback for Kansas State on Friday night at No. 8 Stanford.
The Cardinal is led by Christian McCaffrey, who totaled 3,864 all-purpose yards en route to a runner-up finish in the 2015 Heisman Trophy voting.
Raul Mondesi hit a bases-loaded triple and Eric Hosmer added a two-run single during an eight-run sixth inning, lifting the surging Kansas City Royals to a 10-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night.