Can the Jayhawks pull it off?
|Kansas State @ Kansas|
|Stadium||Memorial Stadium (50,071)|
|Series||KU Leads 65-42-5|
|Television||Fox Sports 1|
|Radio||Jayhawk Radio Network |
Satellite: SiriusXM Ch. 199
Online (Free): KUAthletics.com/radio
|Live Stats||Kansas Live Stats|
Kansas is 0-11 (0-8) after being completely embarrassed at home by West Virginia last week, 49-0. Ugh.
Meanwhile, Kansas State comes into the game with a 4-6 (1-6) record. The Wildcats come into Lawrence on a one-game win "streak" after dropping their first six conference games. KSU is coming off a come-from-behind, borderline miraculous win vs Iowa State in Manhattan that was personally gift wrapped by their now former head coach, Paul Rhoads.
K-State is yet another Big 12 team that has struggled with injuries this year, although the QB, Hubener, has proven to be fairly durable since taking over at that spot. He reminds me a lot of Collin Klein, although he's not (yet) the runner Klein was. He also can struggle in the passing game, like Klein did early in his career, but receivers are usually fairly open in our secondary, so I'm guessing that won't manifest itself today. West Virginia, among others, have shown that it's possible to move the ball via the rushing attack against KU's defense. So let's hope the K-State coaches forget that during the game and Hubener overthrows his receivers all day.
The Jayhawks know they blew a chance last week to show the doubters that they were making progress under David Beaty. They're saying all the right things this week: We want to win one for the seniors, we want to win one for Jayhawk fans everywhere, especially in-state, this is a big game no matter the records, we want to play well, we want to represent KU well, etc. But can they do those things? Do they have the talent, the coaching, the #Motivation to compete with K-State for 60 minutes?
We know Coach Beaty and his staff still have a long way to go. Bill Snyder historically does not take it easy on the Jayhawks - they will run up the score if they can. This game means everything to K-State; it's also the next step toward bowl eligibility for this season. So, there's a lot on the line both ways. Things don't look promising for the Jayhawks.
I've heard (and said before) that the road to 0-12 is paved with moral victories. A close game would certainly be (another) moral victory, but really, the only thing that would get anyone's attention is if the Jayhawks managed the upset. Otherwise, KU will go winless for only the second time in program history.
Anyway, it's almost gametime, so you know what that means...