Editor’s note: In preparation of the upcoming football season, K-Stated will look ahead to all 12 games on the Wildcats’ 2011 schedule. Next up, at Texas Tech.
If there’s a preseason football poll out there that doesn’t have Kansas finishing last in the Big 12 this season, I haven’t seen it.
The Jayhawks, in coach Turner Gill’s second year, are more or less the unanimous pick to lose more games than any other Big 12 team. Perhaps Sports Illustrated summed up their woes best by predicting them to go 1-11 last week. Their only projected win? The season-opener against McNeese State.
Kansas players have said they are using those projections as motivation heading into the end of fall training camp, and they will no doubt get the Jayhawks practicing with extra enthusiasm. It will probably fuel them enough to start 2-0 with a win against Northern Illinois in Week 2. Beyond that, though, victories will be hard to find.
The Wildcats will take on the Jayhawks in Lawrence on Oct. 22, and after K-State throttled KU 59-7 last year it’s not hard to figure out who will be favored this time around. (more…)