The Kansas Jayhawks are entering their second season under head coach Charlie Weis and will obviously be looking to improve on their 1-11 record from 2012. The good news is that the Jayhawks will improve in 2013, but the bad news is that they still won’t win a conference game.
Kansas’ non-conference schedule looks fairly winnable for a team that will be better this season. The Jayhawks open at home against the South Dakota Coyotes before hopping down to Houston to face the Rice Owls. I have Kansas handling both of these teams. Sure they lost to Rice at home last year, but it was only by one point.
The Jayhawks final win of the 2013 season will come at home on Sept. 21 when they play the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. Louisiana Tech went 9-3 last season, but the loss of their QB Colby Cameron along with their top two receivers and their second best RB to graduation will hurt Tech considerably.
From then on we are looking at the same old song and dance for the Jayhawks. The Big 12 has a lot of question marks floating around out there, but none so big that they make me think that Kansas will be logging their first conference win under Weis.
KU gets the Texas Tech Red Raiders, Oklahoma Sooners, Baylor Bears, West Virginia Mountaineers, and the Kansas State Wildcats at home in 2013. All of those teams will be starting new quarterbacks, but they will also be returning enough talent to keep a leg up on Kansas. The only ones that I see the Jayhawks having a shot in will be the contests against Baylor and WVU.
As for the road schedule, it doesn’t get much better. The TCU Horned Frogs, Texas Longhorns, Oklahoma State Cowboys, and Iowa State Cyclones will all be hosting Kansas next season. ISU is the only one that Kansas might be able to get the W against. I have the other three as the top three teams in the Big 12 in 2013.
Personnel wise, the Jayhawks will likely start sophomore Michael Cummings at QB. Cummings saw a decent bit of action in 2012, which actually gives KU an advantage on most of the other Big 12 teams. Their top three rushers will be back, as will most of the receiving corps. That sounds all well and good until you take into account that they lost a handful of offensive lineman.
On defense Kansas lost ten players to graduation including five out of the secondary. There will be plenty of holes to fill, especially at safety.
Of course there is no way of knowing if Kansas will be running the table in reverse in conference play next season is a lock, but expectations amongst Jayhawk Nation should be very low. KU will improve next year and should look fairly solid for 2014, but I just don’t see a Big 12 win in the cards for them in 2013.
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