The Kansas Jayhawks have had a rough couple of years to say the least. Since going 12-1 and winning the Orange Bowl in 2007, the Jayhawks have gone 19-42 and have won just six conference games in five years including no conference wins since 2010.
Head coach Charlie Weis took over the program in 2012 after former head coach Turner Gill was fired following the 2011 season. Weis wasn’t left much in terms of overall talent, and that showed as the Jayhawks went just 1-11 in 2012.
Jayhawk nation must be wondering when they will catch a break and finally get back to being competitive, and morale has to be low in Lawerence, Kansas. Despite all of the turmoil the program has seen on the field over the last four years, there are a few positive signs.
Firstly, the Jayhawks have five of their first seven games at home. If the Jayhawks want to see improvement, they are going to have to win these first three games against South Dakota State, Rice and Louisiana Tech. After these first three, they probably won’t be favored in another game all year long so they will need to upset a few teams along the way.
Of the Jayhawks’ nine conference games, only four of those seem to be remotely winnable at all. Those include hosting the Texas Tech Red Raiders, West Virginia Mountaineers, Kansas State Wildcats and a trip to Ames, Iowa to take on the Iowa State Cyclones. If the Jayhawks can win two of those four games and finish the season 5-7, most would consider that a huge step forward after winning just six games in the last three years.
It’s certainly an uphill battle for Weis and the Jayhawks, but with former Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Jake Heaps under center and senior 1,000-plus yard rusher James Sims as the featured back, they could make strides this fall.
Weston Wilson is a college football and Major League Baseball writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter: @westonw90