Kansas football played a near-flawless game against Illinois last week, but the Jayhawks still have some areas of the game that must be improved.
When the Kansas Jayhawks took on Illinois under the Friday night lights, they executed flawlessly in the first half. The team jumped out to a 28-7 lead in what was arguably the best 30 minutes of football we had seen Kansas play since Lance Leipold was hired as head coach.
But even with the strong start, some of KU’s weaknesses were exposed in the second half. One mistake turned into two, and before we knew it, the Illini had a chance to cut the lead to three points. Although the defense stood tall in the closing minutes, errors like those will not cut it in conference play.
Kansas concludes its nonconference schedule on Saturday night against Nevada. The Wolf Pack have started off the year 0-2 and just lost 33-6 to FCS-level Idaho. Even with the game being played in Reno on their home turf, it’s hard to see any scenario where Kansas does not win by 20+ points.
We know that Kansas will come out of its Week 3 matchup with as many victories as games played. However, there are still some areas of improvement for the Jayhawks. Considering their opponent is likely the weakest they’ll see all season, the coaching staff will have an opportunity to right some wrongs before next week’s tilt at BYU.