Kansas Jayhawks: Closer Look at 2013 Football Schedule

By Mike Atkinson
Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas Jayhawks 2013 football schedule is out, and boy is this team going to have a tough road ahead of it.

The Jayhawks, one of the weakest teams in the Big 12 and the only Big 12 team not to make a bowl or win a conference game, are already in rebuilding mode. Unfortunately, the 2013 schedule isn’t doing them any favors when it comes to winning games.

The first thing that leaps out to me with this schedule is the placement of the bye weeks. Kansas has a bye week on the first Saturday of college football and plays an easy non-conference schedule against the South Dakota Coyotes, the Rice Owls and the Lousiana Tech Bulldogs.

After non-conference play, Kansas has another bye week before playing nine straight conference games against solid Big 12 opponents. The final bye week for Kansas comes in week 14.

As if it isn’t bad enough to play nine straight games without a break, Kansas isn’t facing easy competition. The nine straight games are the Texas Tech Red Raiders, at the TCU Horned Frogs, the Oklahoma Sooners, the Baylor Bears  , at the Texas Longhorns, at the Oklahoma State Cowboys, the West Virginia Mountaineers and at the Iowa State Cyclones, in that order.

Kansas would have had a tough time finding a win against those teams if it had a bye week after every game. For a team like Kansas to be thrown into the line of fire nine weeks in a row is insane.

In case you were wondering, Kansas does play in Week 15 after its final bye week — unfortunately against the Kansas State Wildcats, who owned the number one spot in the country last season.

This has the potential to be yet another disastrous season for the Jayhawks.

Overall I’m giving this strength of schedule an A-. If this were any other team I’d have to re-think that, but given that Kansas only won one game last year, it doesn’t get much tougher to climb back than this.

I know a lot of you are saying “but Mike, Kansas is only playing two mediocre division one schools and an FCS school in non-conference play. How can they possibly get an A- for strength of schedule?”

You wont find any complaints from me about the non-conference schedule. While it isn’t anything special, you have to keep in mind that Kansas is really struggling right now. Any other team could roll through a non-conference schedule like this, but Kansas could very well lose to at least two of these three weak opponents.

Then, after non-conference play, it has to go on the road and play a schedule that would give any team in the Big 12 fits. I think Kansas will be lucky to win a game again this season.

Mike is a Big 12 Football writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MikeAtkinsonRS, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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