Head coach Les Miles and his Kansas football team are looking to endure another tough season in 2020 as they build for the future.
Adding a championship-caliber head coach in Les Miles for a program so starved for wins in the Kansas Jayhawks is a difficult and long process. The first year of Miles with the Jayhawks was no different from any other season since their miraculous runs after 2007 and 2008.
Last season, the Jayhawks finished 2020 with a 3-9 record and only one win out of nine games against the Big 12. That lone conference came on a surprising 37-34 home victory over the Texas Tech Red Raiders. It didn’t ease the transition of coach Miles’ first season as the head coach of the Jayhawks when they lost to Coastal Carolina in a shocking upset.
The Jayhawks carefully recruited for the future, but it is not helping them at this current time. Kansas finished with the worst recruiting in the Big 12. This season is going to be rough for the Jayhawks more than the previous season as they only return nine total starters on the offensive and defensive side of the ball.
Kansas is projected to have another tough season with a tough conference but a decent non-conference schedule in 2020. They will be playing a non-conference game against Boston College. They have road conference games at Baylor, Kansas State, West Virginia, Texas Tech (who will be looking for revenge) and Oklahoma.
This is significant because the Jayhawks are on currently facing a 45-game losing streak versus Big 12 teams on the road. The Jayhawks are also currently on a 38-game losing streak versus teams that are ranked by the AP Poll.
The program knows it will take some time to build momentum and account for some wins. The football team has not won more than three games in a single season since 2009 where they finished with a 5-7 record.
In 2007, the Jayhawks were one of the most surprising teams in the nation as they finished the season with a 12-1 with their lone loss to No. 3 Missouri in the regular-season finale. The following season, the Jayhawks accumulated an overall of 8-5.
Since 2008, the Jayhawks have accumulated a 26-106 overall record. This is an obstacle that coach Miles knows he and his coaching staff must overcome. This rebuilding process might be the most difficult process of all power five teams.
Coach Miles is determined to keep building his tough brand of football with the Jayhawks like he did with the LSU Tigers but it will take him.