Kansas football hasn’t won a road game against a conference opponent since 2008 and they’ll look to snap that streak against West Virginia.
Kansas football fans weren’t expecting much this season, but they at least hoped to have a win on their resumé, most likely coming against Coastal Carolina. That didn’t happen and the rest of their games will take place in the Big 12.
Kansas hasn’t fared well in the conference in the past decade and haven’t won a road game against the Big 12 since they did so against Iowa State in 2008. It’s been 12 years since the Jayhawks won a conference game on the road and that’s a record you don’t want to have attached to your program.
Unfortunately for KU, it gets tougher this weekend because they’ll be without head coach Les Miles, who tested positive for COVID-19 and won’t be traveling with the team. That means Joshua Eargle is taking over as the interim head coach for this game. Eargle is the recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach for Kansas.
It’ll be tough for Kansas football to snap this losing streak, especially without Les Miles.
Let’s be real. Kansas probably wasn’t going to win this game either way, but not having Miles on the sideline makes it even less likely that the Jayhawks steal this one from the Mountaineers. KU has looked downright pitiful this year and it seems highly unlikely they storm into Morgantown and upset West Virginia.
As of now, the Mountaineers are heavy favorites over the Jayhawks and for good reason. The last time we saw Kansas they could barely get anything going against Oklahoma State and they also couldn’t stop the Cowboys on the ground. Oklahoma State had nearly 300 yards rushing against KU’s defense and provided quite the blueprint for the Jayhawks’ opponents – Run the ball down their throats.
West Virginia isn’t nearly as good of a team as Oklahoma State (in fact, they lost to them in their second game of the season), but they’re going to give Kansas everything they have. Kansas has struggled both offensively and defensively, which isn’t a good sign moving forward.
On offense, the Jayhawks have yet to hit their stride. The most points they scored was 23 and that came in Week 1 against Coastal Carolina. Since then, they’ve only mustered up 21 points through two games.
Defensively, KU is the only team in the Big 12 not to force any turnovers. Obviously the team who makes the fewest mistakes has a better shot at winning the game and because Kansas doesn’t force teams into making mistakes, their margin for victory is much smaller. The Jayhawks have allowed at least 38 points in all three games to this point.
Not having Les Miles is a bad sign for this weekend’s game and it very much looks like the winless streak against conferences teams on the road will continue this weekend.