KU Football: 2017 was supposed to be different for Jayhawks

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KU football fans were high on life after the 2016 season, especially after defying the odds and taking down the Texas Longhorns in surprising fashion. This season was supposed to build on that campaign, but has already disappointed KU fans.

When the Kansas Jayhawks won two games in 2016, fans were actually pretty content with that. They had gone winless in 2015 (David Beaty’s first year as the head coach of KU football) and even just one win would have been an accomplishment.

Beaty got the fan base fired up after the Jayhawks knocked off the Texas Longhorns in Lawrence last season because that definitely wasn’t supposed to happen. Kansas wasn’t supposed to beat Texas, at least not in this era of KU football.

Heading into 2017, the hope was that the Kansas Jayhawks would take the next step. Now I’m not talking bowl game or winning record, but at least three or four wins would have sufficed. The over/under for this program was set at three wins and that seemed feasible. If nothing else, Kansas could get to that during their non-conference games, right? RIGHT?

Wrong. The Jayhawks are 1-2 on the season and will be entering Big 12 Conference play. Their two losses came against Central Michigan and Ohio, both apart of the MAC. Ohio also handed Kansas one of their losses last year.

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Not only did KU lose these games to two MAC schools, but they got it handed to them. Central Michigan put up 45 points and Ohio scored 42 points on them in two games that were just brutal for Kansas fans.

Fans are aware that the football program isn’t the highlight of the university, but it’d be nice to see this school going in a positive direction. Jumping from no wins to two wins was a huge improvement, as silly as that sounds, but reverting back to just the one victory this year would be a huge disappointment.

Looking at the rest of the schedule, is there any game that KU fans feel comfortable winning? The Big 12 has provided some challenges for the Jayhawks in football over the years and it’s tough to see them stealing a win like they did last year.

Next up for Kansas football is West Virginia, which will be played in Lawrence this Saturday morning. While fans are eagerly going to await the second win of the season, don’t expect it to come this weekend against the Mountaineers.

So what do you think, Kansas fans? Is there another win on this schedule or are we destined for another disappointing campaign?