The guys are back! This time talking KU FOOTBALL! Sorta. This episode is the preview to the preview as they like to call it. It’s like a KU football preview, but really more of a preview to the preview show. Got it? They talk expectations for the season, run through the schedule, talk a few offseason storylines and even a little Big 12 expansion! #BowslbyBachelor
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The guys are back to talk about South Dakota State, K-State’s Star Trek-Jayhawk fiasco, and Memphis. They break down the game from Saturday and provide their perceptions of what the loss means for the state of the program. They also discuss how K-State needs to learn how to own their jokes and spend far too long breaking down the particulars of the K-State formation. Last, they preview the Memphis game and talk a little bit about the Big 12.
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Hey everybody! We’re back! Yes, it’s been several months. We’re a couple of a-holes for telling you we’d be podcasting throughout the summer. But we hope you can forgive us because we are now back with our regularly scheduled podcast. In this 4th season opener, we do our KU football preview, catch you up on some important news, get you ready for South Dakota State, and play a few rounds of everyone’s favorite game — KU football player or Disney Character?
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Sorry for the hiatus, but you can understand that we just didn’t feel like talking about KU basketball for a brief time while we were in recovery from the NCAA tournament. We have had time to recover. And we have had time to reflect. And now we are bringing you guys a new podcast talking season recap, awards, recruiting, NBA draft, World University Games, and a look toward the 2015-16 season. We also talk Game of Thrones, Perry’s swag camp, and well, Kesha lyrics.
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NSFW this time, but don’t blame us. Blame awesome KU rap songs that we can’t get enough of. In this episode, the guys talk Baylor/Tech and preview OSU/ISU. They also talk RedHead’s “Frank Mason” because it’s the best song we’ve heard in at least a week. There’s also talk on Carlton Bragg, Devonte’ returning, Christian scoring, and Beaty filling out a staff.
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Editor’s Note: This post comes from our good buddy and JHT Contributor, @TheLachmanTest. Give him a follow on Twitter.
Let’s start with a recap.
The team limped through September with an anemic offense, a general lack of energy/urgency and ended with a 2-2 record. After watching all 4 games in person, the overall lack of enthusiasm was probably what stuck out the most. It was a top down effect. A head coach who impersonated a statue on game day led to a quiet team and bench, which in turn led to lethargic play and a DOA crowd. The goose egg against a downtrodden Longhorns team was the last straw, and led to the Weis’ dismissal.
Clint Bowen, a dyed in the wool Jayhawk, has been elevated to interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Throughout the course of the week, through various media interviews, he has exhibited a passion, enthusiasm, and understanding of KU football which we have not seen in a long time.
So he talks the talk, but can he walk the walk?
The schedule does him no favors with 3 of the next 4 games on the road, all against up-tempo, spread offense teams. Wins are going to be hard to come by, but if he can get this team to compete on defense AND offense, limit mental mistakes, and play with a sense of urgency, I would say he has at least righted the ship.
Back in August, Charlie Weis asked us to give him September, and he would give us a reason to come in October and November. Turns out his words were prophetic, but not in the way he intended. If the status quo had remained in effect, the already poor fan support would have given way to complete apathy. Now, under the command of one of its own, KU football will be worth keeping an eye on for the next two months.
On to the games.
10/4/14 @ West Virginia: One of few highlights from last year was home win against the Mountaineers. Dana Holgorsen is on record as saying the loss “makes me want to puke.” Hey Dana, you sure it isn’t the 15 sugar free red bulls you drink every day? Anyway, the Mountaineers come in with a 2-2 record as well, but their 2 losses were to Alabama and Oklahoma. Their offense seems better than last year, but the defense is giving up over 33 points a game (not counting Towson). Why does KU have a chance? One, because Bowen and the Jayhawks have nothing to lose and could have some tricks up their sleeve, and two, because Dana can easily pull a coach Klein trying to guess what KU is going to try to do on the field.
Chance of a KU win: 30%
10/11/14 vs Oklahoma State: Two years ago, in Lawrence, after an extended rain delay the #freemichaelcummings hashtag was finally answered in the 3rd quarter. What followed was a frenzied comeback from being down 20-0. KU was a 4th down pass and a roughing the kicker penalty away from pulling off a miracle, losing 20-14. This year, the pokes come back to Lawrence, with the same M.O. — a high powered offense and an average defense. Unbelievably this will be their first true road game of the year. When can KU get a schedule like that? Can a stout KU defense take advantage of first year junior starter Daxx “I have 2 Xs in my first name” Garman? There is a small chance.
Chance of a KU win: 35%
10/18/14 at Texas Tech: A few weeks ago, the defensive coordinator for Texas Tech was forced to resigned. This was surprising because with the defense giving up 39 points a game, I did not think they had any defensive coaches. This is your typical Tech team with the air raid offense and 11 dudes physically on the field on defense. I smell a decent chance for an upset here. Yes, I said it.
Chance of a KU win: 45%
11/1/14 at Baylor: Remember when Baylor was everyone’s homecoming game? Now that mantle has been passed on to KU, with the rapid ascent of Baylor football. There is no way to sugar coat this one. KU is playing at Baylor during their very first homecoming in their brand new stadium. They are steamrolling teams with their juggernaut offense, something KU could only dream to keep up with. A sliver of hope is that Baylor is looking ahead to their game versus Oklahoma the following week, and perhaps KU uses it’s bye week prior to the game to install an all trick play offense including the swinging gate, the fainting goat, the statue of liberty and the ugly kardashian. Adopting a no punting/only onside kicks strategy is also an option. Fun side note: Seth Russell committed to KU, before switching to Baylor to be their back up QB. Sigh.
Chance of a KU win: 5%
We bring you 50 options. One of them is right. At least we think.
Come on in and hear about all the candidates. We bring you the favorites. We bring you the long shots. We bring you the young up-and-comers and the old, retread has-beens. We turn over every stone so you don’t have to. Sure, some of the candidates have only played coaches on TV, but who cares. They’re still on the list.
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The guys get together to talk about the embarrassing loss to Duke, but focus more on the current state of the football program and where the heck KU is headed in the short and long term. There’s a candid discussion about Charlie, his contract, and whether he will be around much longer. They also talk about steps needed to get this thing going in the right direction. There’s some chatter about Central Michigan and they’re also joined by friend of the podcast, Rustin Dodd, of the Kansas City Star.
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The guys are back and are ready for some foooootball. They preview the football season, talk about the SEMO (preseason) game, give some predictions, and preview the Duke game. Come on in, grab a beer, and enjoy yourself a little Jayhawk Talk Podcast!
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[Editor's Note: The following is brought to you by Jayhawk Talk contributor and pal, @TheLachmanTest. Give him a follow on Twitter and look forward to more of his work in the future. Also, he's a KU Football optimist. -Kevin]
A year ago, I attempted this prognostication exercise for the first time. The actual results on the field (3-9) were worse the worst case scenario I predicted (4-8). Sigh.
In my defense, 3 of my 4 “lock” wins actually happened, including the one against West Virginia, Dana, and his sugar free red bulls. My fourth “lock” win was ISU, and had it not been for ISU icing the field the night before the game poor field conditions which seemed to only affect KU, we could have pulled it off.
But enough about the past. Let’s take a brief look at this year’s KU squad.
Coaching: Improved from last year. The addition of John Reagan and his spread offense will be a better fit for starting QB Montell Cozart. The new WR coach Eric Kiesau is an upgrade over what I assume was a vacant position on the coaching staff last year. He has more talent to work with as well. Defensively, year 2 under DC Clint Bowen means continued progression, instead of learning a new scheme.
Offense: Improved at wide receiver, but big questions remain with the offensive line. I expect Cozart to flourish under the new offensive scheme. RBs took a dramatic hit with the losses of Bourbon and Cox, but there’s enough talent there to keep the ball moving.
Defense: Clint Bowen has compared this secondary to the Orange Bowl unit. That’s high praise. We know the linebackers will be fine with Heeney and company roaming around. I think the defensive line is underrated and should surprise us in a positive way.
Special Teams: We have punting and kickoffs covered with Pardula. The return game should be decent with the addition of several newcomers. As for field goals… well, how about we just score TDs, and not worry about kicking FGs. It will be interesting.
A couple of reminders:
1) These predictions won’t be objective or unbiased. I am a KU fan, after all. I am going to look for any and all reasons why KU could win a game, no matter how small of a chance.
2) At a recent prep rally, the always quotable Weis spoke about the upcoming season. One of his quotes was “You give me September and I’m gonna give you a reason to come in October and November. Fair enough?”
Fair enough, Coach.
In that spirit, the predictions will be split into 3 months, starting with the September games.
9/6/14 vs Southeast Missouri State: When I first saw the school name, I thought this marked the return of Terry Allen to Lawrence. Not so, as Allen is the head coach at THE Missouri State University, not SEMO. The Redhawks have a first year coach in Tom Matukewicz and have already beaten Missouri Baptist 77-0 in their first game of the season. It was Missouri Baptist’s first ever football game, so I’m not sure what we can really glean from that score. This better be a tune-up game where the result is not in doubt, with new OC John Reagan getting the KU offense moving in the right direction.
9/13/14 at Duke: The Blue Devils had, perhaps, the best season in school history last year when they finished 10-3 and were ACC coastal division champs. Since then, their starting QB graduated and transferred out, their leading rusher was dismissed from the team due to academics, and their all ACC linebacker and tight end were lost to season-ending injuries. Duke does return one of the top wide receivers in the country in Jamison Crowder, who is also a threat as a returner on special teams. Throwing him the ball will be senior QB Anthony Boone, who was the starter for two games prior to a season ending injury. Their head coach David Cutliffe is known as a “QB whisperer” so I expect Boone to perform well. They certainly started out on the right foot with a lopsided win over Elon College.
I’m not sold on Duke. I mean, its Duke. Would any self-respecting Power 5 conference team play in a stadium with a track in it? (Thanks anonymous KU booster for paying to have the track removed, thus allowing me to make that joke). Half their campus is now thinking they are about to turn into the eastern version of Stanford, while the other half is already camping out at Krzyzewski-ville.
Side note: Did you know they have a Lemur Center on campus? It houses the world’s largest and most diverse collection of lemurs outside of Madagascar.
During the spring football preview tour, I had a chance to ask Coach Weis which road game he would recommend KU fans attend. His summarized answer: “The first one, the research triangle. There should be plenty of seats; it’s just KU coming to town.” I believe the coaching staff has circled this game as a barometer for the season and prepared accordingly. I think KU keeps it close, eating up clock on offense and our secondary (the strongest component of our defense) keeps Crowder and Boone in check.
Prediction: TOSS UP
9/20/14 vs Central Michigan: The Chippewas return 16 starters from last year’s 6-6 squad. They started off the year beating Chattanooga 20-16, in a game where they trailed 16-7 at halftime. Prior to playing KU, they play Purdue and Syracuse, which will give us a better idea of where they stand. Regardless, this is a must win for KU and the coaching staff will treat is as such. Either KU will be going for a 3 game winning streak or looking to rebound from a loss. They will get it done.
9/27/14 vs Texas: The Charlie Strong era is underway in Austin, with all the usual talk of new expectations, new rules, and a side of dismissed players. I have no idea how good Texas will be, but I don’t see them challenging for the league title this year. I think there will be a lot of growing pains this year. While Texas started off with a drubbing of North Texas, there are still question marks about the health and ability of their QB, and the defense still needs to be re-shaped to Strong’s preferences.
The Longhorns next have BYU at home then a match up at Jerry’s World vs UCLA. After that comes their first true road game of the year in Lawrence. After KU, they play Baylor at home and Oklahoma in Dallas for the Red River rivalry. It is so easy to look over KU when you have BYU, UCLA, Baylor, and OU on the schedule in a five-week span. I can see this game being scheduled for 11 am, with the Longhorns sleepwalking through the first half. Oh, it’s also Homecoming for KU, which should provide some extra motivation for the team. I see this game as having all the makings of a perfect trap game for Texas.
So those are my picks for the first month of the season. Call me crazy [Editor’s Note: You’re crazy], but I’m willing to give Weis the month of September like he asked. Let’s see if he can deliver on his promise.
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