Despite the uncertainty that college sports are facing, the Big 12 appears to be planning on playing a full season, which is good news for Kansas football.
Since the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced that their Fall sports would be conference-only, the world of college football has been very uncertain. Other conferences have canceled their seasons altogether, and Kansas football has already been affected by this.
Their original opponent in their season opener, New Hampshire, canceled their whole season, forcing Kansas to find a new opponent. The Jayhawks will be taking on Southern Illinois now, and the game will be one week earlier than the original one against New Hampshire.
While the Pac-12 and Big Ten have already made modifications to their schedules, the Big 12, SEC, and ACC are still playing things by ear. That being said, it sounds like those three conferences are still going to try their hardest to play a 12-game season according to Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby:
“[The SEC and ACC] still looking to play the 12-game schedule and so are we. Obviously if one of us would make the decision to go to conference-only, that would affect the others. I’m guessing we would get some advance notice on that, but nobody has made that decision yet — at least not among the [SEC, ACC or Big 12]” (via CBS).
For Kansas football, a 12 game season is very important. The three non-conference games offer the Jayhawks their three best chances for wins, and it’ll also be important to gauge Les Miles’ progress through his first couple of seasons.
A four-win season would be acceptable, but a five-win season would be really good for Miles in his second season. The Jayhawks haven’t won more than three games in a season in over a decade, so a five-win season would be a huge step in the right direction. As long as the Big 12 playing all 12 games, the five-win season is a real possibility.