Kansas football: Improvement more important than wins in 2020

Kansas football has been far from good over the past 10 years, and that’s not going to magically change after one season.

Next season could be pretty rough for Kansas football. The Jayhawks lost a lot of upperclassmen from 2019, and they aren’t projected to win more than three games according to ESPN’s Football Power Index. So what should the goal be next season for Les Miles’ squad?

Even though fans want to see it, six wins isn’t the goal. Keep in mind that Kansas hasn’t won more than three games in over a decade, and expecting that number to double after just one year just isn’t realistic. What is realistic though is objective improvement.

Even though 2019 season was basically identical to the 2018 season from a statistics standpoint, the fact that the Jayhawks didn’t really regress is a positive side for Miles and his regime.

Between the 2018 and 2019 season, the Jayhawks were essentially the same statistically despite the coaching change from Beaty to Miles:

 

 

 

2018

  • 23.8 points per game
  • 38.5 percent third down conversion rate
  • 350 offensive yards per game
  • 30.4 points allowed per game

2019

  • 23.5 points per game
  • 39.5 percent third down conversion rate
  • 375 offensive yards per game
  • 36.1 points allowed per game

At this point, getting better and developing recruits is more important than the win-loss column. That’s probably not what fans want to hear, but the chances of Kansas somehow doubling their wins from last season just aren’t that good.

You also have to take into account that the Jayhawks don’t have an immediate answer for the quarterback position given the graduation of Carter Stanley. Of course, Brent Dearmon has been heralded as an amazing QB coach, so it’ll be interesting to see if he can work some magic.

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Realistically, just getting four or even five wins in the 2020 season would be huge for the program, and Miles and the Jayhawks are more than capable.

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