At some point it has to end and with the Kansas football program showing signs of improvement three games into the 2013 season, you’d think that eventually they will finally win a Big 12 game and it won’t be a moment too soon.
Head coach Charlie Weis began his media session this week by reminding everyone just how long it’s been, as the Jayhawks prepare to begin Big 12 play, Saturday, at home against Texas Tech.
“As of Saturday, it has been 1,063 days since Kansas football has won a game against a Big 12 opponent and if we excluded Colorado, who is no longer in the Big 12, it’ll actually be 1,455 days.”
Indeed, a 41-36 win in Lawrence, on an unseasonably cold day against Iowa State represents the last time the Jayhawks defeated a team that is currently a member of the Big 12.
That’s exactly the task that will be facing Kansas, as they begin league play and it will be the elephant in the room, until they finally achieve that task. Much has changed since that day in and around the program, but for this team, a win over the Red Raiders would be huge for the program and would symbolize another stepping stone in the rebuilding of the program. Weis has reminded his team of this, but not in a way that would be counter productive.
“You don’t do it as a deterrent, you don’t do it as a negative,” Weis said. “You just say this is where we are and you want to get this out of the way. You talk about the steps you have to take, you don’t look at it as we have to win this week and we have to get this over with. You make them aware of what the issues are, because as the program’s built, there’s these hurdles that you have to get over. This would be a good time to get over that hurdle.”
Despite being a two touchdown underdog at home, the Jayhawks feel good about taking on Kliff Kingsbury’s young Texas Tech team and a Homecoming win would go a long way in igniting a fire around Kansas football and it would serve as an opportunity to cross another bad mark off the list.