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The Kansas Jayhawks were a complete disaster in 2012, finishing 1-11 SU thanks only to having an FCS team in South Dakota State to kick off the season against. There is nowhere to go but up for the Jayhawks, but just how much can they improve in one year?
Kansas finished 118th in the nation in points for with 18.3 points per game, 112th in points against allowing 36.1 points per game, and 117th in passing yards with a paltry 148.7 per game. With stats like those, it should come as no surprise that Kansas finished dead-last in the Big 12 with a 1-11 SU and 5-7 ATS record overall with 11 straight losses to end the season.
BYU transfer Jake Heaps takes over the reins at quarterback this season, and the bar has been set so low for him that he can’t possibly disappoint. Once the top quarterback recruit in the country back in 2010, Heaps had a terrible sophomore year at BYU and lost his starting job. Charlie Weis should be able to tap into his potential and get him back on track, leaving some room for optimism here.
If there was any positive to the 2012 season, it was the running game, which finished 22nd in the nation in rushing yards as James Sims and Tony Pierson combined for 1,773 yards and 13 touchdowns. The duo returns this year, and any semblance of a passing game could make them even more dangerous out of the backfield.
The defense has been completely re-tooled with tons of JUCO transfers entering the mix. Losing starters from last year’s porous defense is a good thing, and an influx of new talent plus a potentially better offense should lead to an improvement on defense this year.
The Jayhawks will be bad again this season. But with a strong running game and a new look on defense, there may be enough here for the Jayhawks to steal a game or two if they can catch some teams sleeping.
Big 12 Conference Odds at 5Dimes as of August 11
Oklahoma State +260
Kansas State +1600
Texas Tech +2500
West Virginia +2500
Iowa State +4500