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Reviewing the Jayhawks loss to Kansas State with an animated drive chart.
There really isn't much to say here. All you have to do is look at the drive chart and it's painfully obvious that we were never going to stop this team enough to win. After the initial three and out followed by an offensive drive that provided some hope, Kansas State rattled off three straight scores and the only thing that kept this from getting out of hand by halftime was a fortunate miscue by the Wildcats.
The second half just turned into a circus with Kansas State scoring at will and Kansas stumbling all over themselves. I guess the positive is that Kansas was competitive in the first half. There was some fire from the players, they weren't backing down from the challenge and it definitely had a different feel to it from that perspective. James Sims impressed me, Ben Heeney impressed me, other players had moments where they appeared to put up a much better fight, but as a whole there is still a long way to go.
Nearly the entire second half was played on our own side of the field and we truly couldn't get out of our own way. We still weren't going to win without the mistakes, but it sure would have felt a little bit better if things wouldn't have unraveled and self imploded in so many instances. It's hard to look at the score and say that this feels different, but if it didn't at least give you more hope than either of Turner Gill's Kansas State efforts then I think you might have missed some of the subtle positives.
This is going to be an interesting era for Kansas football. Right now Charlie Weis has declared this his swan song. He's already up there in age, and plenty of people doubt his ability to produce at the college level. Yes things look better today than they did a year ago, but how much better? And how hard could that really be? Kansas needs Charlie Weis to do well, but does this program still have the patience that they did with Mark Mangino and does Charlie Weis have the energy to give what Mangino gave to the Kansas program?
This season is going to be hard. It's going to be hard to watch at times and it's going to be hard to have the patience that is needed. There are hints and signals, but losing is never an easy pill to swallow. I was asked a question while in Texas this weekend that I had a hard time answering. What's the upside of Kansas football, what is it going to take to get there and are we seeing early indications that Weis has the potential to do that? After the first half on Saturday I could answer yes to the last question, I just don't know what the answer to the first two are.