Monday Notebook: I mean eventually, this has to improve, right…?

For all the hype that the 2017 Jayhawks had, they sure look an awful like the other Kansas teams from years past.

1. Jayhawks fall to Ohio 42-30

KU somehow looked worse in this game than they did against Central Michigan. I didn’t even think that was possible. Like, how? Where’s the coaching? The ‘Hawks hired TCU offensive coordinator Doug Meachum in the offseason. And while the offense has looked better at times, they still go three-and-out far too often. What happened to Clint Bowen? This defense is one of, if not the worst defense I have ever seen. To quote this site’s editor, Ryan Landreth, “They look like they’ve never been coached in their lives.” Wow.

Where’s the passion? David Beaty always seems to be fired up at his press conferences, but the team always comes out on the field and looks uninterested. I don’t know how much longer I can watch a team THIS BAD. They are worse than last year’s team by far. I can’t believe I just said that. Again, wow. This is bad you guys. Looks like another 1-11 season is heading our way.

2. KU begins conference play against West Virginia.

Oh my gosh I can’t wait until I can preview Jayhawk Basketball. Anyway, here we go. Just look respectable fellas, that’s all I ask. West Virginia is quarterbacked by Florida transfer Will Grier. He’s a very good quarterback. He’s going to light up the KU secondary. The Mountaineers are coached by Dana Holgerson. He and Bob Huggins are like the same people: annoyingly good, but not quite good enough to win a title. If Kansas doesn’t improve soon, they’re going to get slaughtered in conference play. They might get slaughtered either way, but I still want to see them improve. Kansas is (probably) going to lose this game. It (probably) won’t be close. I just want to see KU look better than bad. I really thought this year was going to be competitive. It’s still early in the season but it hasn’t been competitive. I really don’t think that’s going to change on Saturday. Prediction: West Virginia wins 66-24

3. Results from the Weekend

Florida 26, Tennessee 20. WHAT. A. THROW. The SEC has seemed to have the craziest finishes of the last couple years (The Kick Six, Tennessee’s Hail Mary against Georgia). This year is no different apparently. Through three quarters of this game the score was 6-3. 37 points later and the Gators were celebrating a miracle victory.

USC 27, Texas 24. Who actually thought Texas had a chance in this one? I sure didn’t. They almost had a win but Sam Darnold led his team into field goal range to tie it up. USC would take care of business in OT. Fun game. Fun finish.

Memphis 48, UCLA 45. A crazy game. The quarterbacks threw for a combined 861 yards and ten (TEN) touchdowns. The teams combined for 1193 total yards and 93 points. This was the most fun game of the week for sure. Josh Rosen was good but through two picks that probably cost his team the game. He’ll still be a top five pick though.

Clemson 47, Louisville 21. Clemson is really good. Like, really good. Reigning Heisman winner Lamar Jackson had nowhere to go through the air or on the ground. Clemson QB Kelly Bryant has been outstanding through three weeks of play however. The Tigers are hunting another championship.

4. Late Night is coming!

College basketball season is almost here…sort of. Late Night in the Phog is always a lot of fun, and there will be a lot of recruits there as usual. Five-star guards Immanuel Quickley and Quentin Grimes will make their visits. The #2 ranked player of the 2018 class, Zion Williamson, will make his official visit to Late Night. Other recruits that will be in attendance are; 2018 PG Jalen Carey, 2018 SF Zion Griffin, 2019 SF Malik Hall, 2019 PF Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, 2019 SG Samuell Williamson, among others. Should be an interesting recruiting season.

Landen Fields is a contributor for Rock Chalk Blog. You can check out his archive here.

Landen Fields

I’m a junior in high school. I’m also homeschooled, which gives me the ability to watch ESPN all day. I love the Jayhawks, and I love to write about them. I’m also a huge fan of Star Wars, Marvel, and action/sci-fi movies. I hope to have a career in sports media one day, and I am grateful for this first step into a larger world.

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