Fansided: Kansas football: Four wins would be a great start to the Les Miles era
At just about any other program in the country, a four-win season would be an utter disappointment, and it should be. Coaches get paid millions of dollars and football programs receive ridiculous amounts of funding, so fans have the right to expect a decent team. But this isn't just any team, it's Kansas football.To put things into perspective, the Jayhawks won 33 games between 2005 and 2008. Including the three wins this season, the Jayhawks have won a total of 21 games since 2008, that's an average of fewer than two wins per season over the last 11 years.
Fansided: Jayhawks football: Three keys for Kansas' final three games
The Jayhawks still have a long way to go, but that doesn't mean they can't win a few more games this season. After the bye week, Kansas football will travel to Oklahoma State and Iowa State before finishing the season at home vs. Baylor.The Jayhawks' final three opponents are formidable, with Baylor and Oklahoma State both being ranked, but Kansas has already proven that they can play on the road against ranked teams.
The last time the Jayhawks came out of a bye week, they went on the road to take on number 15 Texas. The Longhorns were favored by 21, but that didn't deter Kansas.
Fansided: Kansas football: Three takeaways from Sunflower Showdown loss
From the opening kickoff, the Wildcats dominated Kansas football on their way to their eleventh win in a row over the Jayhawks. This is the kind of game where the stats pretty much tell the story.Kansas State nearly doubled the total offensive yards of Kansas, and the Wildcats also converted on 65% of their first downs. Kansas also lost the turnover battle to the Wildcats by way of two Carter Stanley interceptions.
Stanley's struggles against the Wildcats were certainly unexpected, considering he was coming into the game with a lot of momentum. Offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon had the Kansas offense looking unstoppable against Texas and Texas Tech, yet they only managed ten points on Saturday.
Fansided: Kansas football fans should be grateful for Carter Stanley
Carter Stanley struggled yesterday against Kansas State. He finished 13 of 23 with 115 passing yards, two interceptions, and no touchdowns. It was an especially surprising performance, considering the offensive roll Kansas football has been on.Coming into this week, Stanley had thrown for 10 touchdowns in the past three weeks. Offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon had the Jayhawk offense looking like an 18-wheeler rolling downhill, but all that momentum came to a screeching halt yesterday.
Kansas football could only muster 241 yards of offense against Kansas State, including a 20% conversion rate on third down. Instead of the exciting and explosive Dearmon offense, it seemed like the Jayhawks regressed straight back to their old ways.
Rock Chalk Talk: Kansas Jayhawks Football Predictions: Kansas State Wildcats
It's the Sunflower Showdown, meaning that we all sit around and pretend like this is the most intense rivalry in the history of whatever. While this has been a fairly close contest the last few years, the Kansas Jayhawks have lost to the Kansas State Wildcats the last 10 times they have played. Can they finally break through?Take a look at what our staff thinks, then give us a prediction of your own in the comments.
Fizzle406: I don't know how to do these predictions now that Kansas has a good football team.
Fansided: Kansas football vs. Kansas State preview: How to watch, weather, odds
Time: 2:30 PMPlace: David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, KS.
Weather: 48o, 10 MPH wind
Listen: FM- KKSW 105.9, or AM- KLWN 1320 (Lawrence Stations)
Line: Kansas State -5.5 (odds courtesy of The Action Network)
Last Meeting: 21-17 Kansas State
Full Preview: Kansas vs. Kansas State Preview: The Sunflower Showdown Kansas Heads-Up
Kansas picked up its first conference win over Texas Tech last week in a 37-34 thriller.
Rock Chalk Talk: Podcast: Previewing Kansas Jayhawks Football vs Kansas State
It's time for the Sunflower Showdown, a game that suddenly seems like it might mean something. Kansas State can still make a push for the top of the conference, and Kansas has a (still unprobable, but at least possible) chance to make a bowl game. To help preview the Kansas State Wildcats and their chances against the Kansas Jayhawks, I brought on Luke Thompson from Bring On The Cats.Topics Include: Feeling some excitement surrounding this game?
Strengths of the Kansas State team.
Evaluating the offense
Can Kansas State handle Kansas' explosive plays?
Rock Chalk Talk: Notebook: Kansas Mauls Pitt State
Dineens looking forward to Sunflower Showdown's brother vs. brother matchup | KUsports.com
Joe's recollections this week brought his mind back in time to that setting, as the former University of Kansas linebacker and the rest of his football-loving family have more anticipation than usual for this week's Sunflower Showdown, which will pit Jay, a KU linebacker, against Jax, a Kansas State fullbackKU basketball video: Coach Q scares the players for Halloween
Coach Q scares the players for Halloween
Bill Self, KU players praise Ochai Agbaji after Pitt State game
Ochai Agbaji is used to it when people come up to him around town or on campus and recognize him.
Fansided: Kansas football must do these two things to beat Kansas State...
Looking at Kansas State's win over Oklahoma, a few numbers immediately jump out. Ths Sooners outgained the Wildcats in total offensive yards, the Sooners committed two fatal turnovers, and Kansas State dominated the time of possession: 38:08 to 21:52. So what does all of this mean for Kansas football this Saturday?In addition to winning the turnover battle, the Jayhawks must find a way to stop the Kansas State offense. Look, the Kansas offense is good. Offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon has quarterback Carter Stanley playing at a high level, but he's no Jalen Hurts (still, Carter for Heisman).
Rock Chalk Talk: The Spooktacular Mauling: K-State Shakes in Fear of Stanley; Big 12 Spooks KU For Field Storming
Sophomore forward David McCormack to start KU's exhibition finale Thursday night | KUsports.com
Unwilling to ditch the idea altogether but also well aware of the challenges that playing two big men presents, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self is changing things up for the Jayhawks' exhibition finale against Pittsburg State.Big 12 reprimands Kansas, Kansas State, TCU for field storming
Kansas, Kansas State and TCU were all reprimanded for the handling of field storming incidents that occurred after home football victories for each school on Saturday, the conference announced Wednesday evening. In addition, Kansas State and TCU were each fined $25,000.
Rock Chalk Talk: K-Uniform Report: Games 4-8
After the first three games, we took a look at the Kansas football team's various looks, and now we're back for the next several.Against West Virginia, KU wore white helmets, blue shirts, and white pants. This was the same combo that they played in against Indiana State, and guess what? It still looked good.
Next, Kansas traveled to TCU where they embarrassed themselves as far as the performance on the field went, but looked absolutely glorious as far as uniforms go.
Rock Chalk Talk: It's Halloween, and Kansas can still win the Big 12.
What if I told you, say, six months ago, that on Halloween of 2019, Kansas would have a chance to win the Big 12.In football.
I'd be crazy, right? Delusional?
I saw it on Twitter, so it has to be true, right? Actually, it's from College Football Reddit. Here's the condensed version:
Kansas wins out.
Oklahoma loses out.
Texas Tech wins out.
Baylor only beats Oklahoma.
Texas only beats Baylor.
Iowa State only beats Oklahoma and Texas.
Fansided: Kansas football: The Jayhawks are still widely disrespected, and that's good
Look, Kansas football has been awful for the past decade and everyone knows it. A winless season, an inability to beat FCS and Group of Five teams consistently, and terrible coaching have all led to the perception of Kansas being inferior.When athletic director Jeff Long hired Les Miles to be the fifth head football coach in 10 years, it brought some much-needed excitement to the program. The Jayhawks started the season 2-1, including an embarrassing home loss to Coastal Carolina, and then an astonishing win on the road against Boston College. Then, the Jayhawks limped into their first bye-week having started Big 12 play 0-3.
Fansided: Kansas football vs. Kansas State Preview: The Sunflower Showdown
Last Saturday, the Jayhawks picked up their first Big 12 win of the season in a thriller against Texas Tech. The offense looked incredible, racking up over 500 total yards for the second week in a row. The defense struggled at times, but they did give the offense a chance to go win the game. The Jayhawks' biggest Achilles heel right now is special teams, specifically the kicking game.Kansas has missed four field goals or PATs in their past two games, and that is a trend that cannot be allowed to continue. It cost Kansas football a road win against Texas and put the Jayhawks in a tough situation against Texas Tech last week.
Rock Chalk Talk: Texas Tech at Kansas: The View from (Mostly) Section 5
PREGAMECan't find anyone to go with, so I guess I'm dragging the wife and kiddo to Lawrence today.
We head out early. Maybe the kiddo will enjoy the inflatables.
She's still real little (not quite 2) but she really enjoyed it!
Bounce house, cornhole, even ski ball. The workers and cheerleaders were all awesome as well.
Back to the Union about an hour before the game for some Chic Fil A (to own the libs).
And here. We. Go.
Carter INT on first play.
Dru Prox (Shoulder) is questionable Saturday vs Oklahoma State
Carter Stanley (Undisclosed) left last game, is probable Saturday vs Oklahoma State