The Kansas Jayhawks had themselves a rough 3-9 year in 2013, but that was still as many wins as they had the previous two years combined. This year Charlie Weis may have his best team yet, but there are still concerns with depth, as just 32 lettermen return. Preview & schedule are below.
The Jayhawks averages a mere 15.3 ppg last year, but should improve on that this year with 8 starters back, including QB Montell Cozart, who won the job from Jake Heaps in the spring. Cozart is a dual threat QB and has the skill to run new OC John Reagan’s offense. The WR corps has its top 4 pass catchers back, but still no one on the team returns with more than 24 receptions from last year. Phil Steele actually rats the WR corps as the 2nd best in the Big 12. Not sure about that, but OK. 1100 yard rusher James Sims is gone, but there is still a nice collection of backs returning, including senior Brandon Bourbon, who was a top 50 RB prospect coming out of high school. They have also added a top 40 RB high school prospect this year in Traevohn Wrench. The OL has 3 starters back (all seniors) and should be a solid group. The defense is where this team will need to hang their hats on this year. They have 9 starters back on this side of the ball and have added some solid Juco transfers. The starting defensive lineup consists of all upperclassmen, but depth is an issue on this side of the ball with just 12 lettermen back. Weis is hoping the Jucos can fill the depth void.
The Jay hawks were -179 ypg behind the Big 12 last year, -143.2 ypg in 2012 and 218.6 ypg in 2011, so this is a team with allot of ground to make up. The offense will be much better, led by a very good WR corps and a QB that really fits the bill to run Reagan’s offense. The defense has 9 starters back and should be better than last year as well, as long as they can avoid the major injuries, cause they do lack depth. Road games vs Duke, West Virginia, Baylor Oklahoma and KSU, plus home games vs Texas, Oklahoma State and TCU, will make it hard for them to show progress in the standings, even though we will see a much better team than last year on the field. 3 wins again for this team. KEY TREND: 11-2 ATS at home vs Sub .500 opponents.
2014 Kansas Jayhawks Football Schedule
Sat, Sep 6th, 2014 SE Missouri St
Sat, Sep 13th, 2014 at Duke
Sat, Sep 20th, 2014 Central Michigan
Sat, Sep 27th, 2014 Texas
Sat, Oct 4th, 2014 at West Virginia
Sat, Oct 11th, 2014 Oklahoma State
Sat, Oct 18th, 2014 at Texas Tech
Sat, Nov 1st, 2014 at Baylor
Sat, Nov 8th, 2014 Iowa State
Sat, Nov 15th, 2014 TCU
Sat, Nov 22nd, 2014 at Oklahoma
Sat, Nov 29th, 2014 at Kansas State
Info gathered From Phil Steele's CFB Preview and Athlon Sports
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