Best Thing About Kansas Football? School Has Men’s Basketball

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Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 6:07 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jun. 12, 2018 6:07 PM UTC

The worst Power 5 football program in the country has been Kansas for a handful of years, and the oddsmakers expect more of the same from the Jayhawks in 2018.

Look, it’s very tough to build an excellent football program at a university that has a blue-blood college basketball tradition. It’s why schools such as Indiana, Kentucky, Duke and North Carolina usually aren’t great on the gridiron. But they are at least competitive.

You can’t say the same for Kansas football these days.

One of the greatest coaching miracles in modern NCAA football history was Mark Mangino leading the 2007 Jayhawks to a 12-1 record, Orange Bowl victory over Virginia Tech and final No. 7 ranking in the AP Top 25. Alas, Mangino could never reach those heights again. KU went 8-5 in 2008 and 5-7 in ’09, after which Mangino was canned. The program has been an utter disaster since under coaches Turner Gill, Charlie Weis, Clint Bowen (interim) and David Beaty.

Kansas hasn’t topped three wins in a season this decade and has just three total in Beaty’s three seasons. Last year, the Jayhawks beat visiting SE Missouri State 38-16 in the season opener and lost the next 11, all by double digits (4-8 ATS overall). Losing by 18 at home to MAC school Central Michigan? That’s ridiculous for a Power 5 program. KU sucked on offense, ranking 118th in yards allowed per game, and defense, also ranking 118th in yards allowed per game in 2017. It was 120th in scoring offense (18.7 ppg) and 129th and second-to-last nationally last in scoring defense (43.4 ppg).

KU has lost 81 games since 2010, including 67 of 71 against Big 12 opponents. The Jayhawks have ranked last in the Big 12 in total offense every year this decade. One could say there’s nowhere to go but up, yet among Power 5 programs Kansas has the lowest 5Dimes win total of 3 for 2018 -- and the ‘under’ is a -140 favorite.

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Beaty does bring back 19 starters, most in the Big 12. That includes both quarterbacks from last year in Peyton Bender and Carter Stanley, although neither may beat out JuCo transfer Miles Kendrick. The Jayhawks have a receiver who could play for any program in Steven Sims, who caught 59 balls for 839 yards and six scores a season ago to be named Honorable Mention All-Big 12. The only starter lost on defense was a good one, end Dorance Armstrong Jr. He was All-Big 12 Second Team, finishing with 63 tackles, nine tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Armstrong was a fourth-round pick by Dallas.

As for the schedule, it’s about as easy as possible out of the Big 12 with home games vs. Nicholls and Rutgers (Toilet Bowl!) and at Central Michigan. Kansas surely won’t be a favorite in any conference game, with the only realistic chances for wins probably Sept. 22 at Baylor and Nov. 3 vs. Iowa State.

Beaty might need 4-5 overall victories – he has just one career in the Big 12 (2016 vs. Texas) -- to keep his job because in May the school fired athletic director Sheahon Zenger, and most ADs like to bring in their own new coach.

Needless to say, Bill Self of the men’s basketball program isn’t going anywhere. That’s about the only good news for Kansas backers: Self’s 2018-19 team looks loaded and is +900 at BetOnline to win the national championship next April. Midnight Madness anyone?

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