Kansas head coach Charlie Weis talked about stepping stones for his program this week, saying that with the each stone, the Jayhawks can cross something off their list that they would no longer have to talk about.
Last week, it was the 11 game losing streak and lack of touchdowns by a receiver. This week, it's a road victory.
It's been almost four years to the day since the Jayhawks were victorious in a road contest and that's the task that will be facing them in Houston, Saturday night against the Rice Owls.
The game itself is a scary matchup for Kansas fans. The Owls can move, as they showed against Texas A&M in week one. Though, the Aggies won 52-31, Rice actually outgained A&M 509-486 and were very much into the game well into the third quarter.
For the Jayhawks, however , Saturday night's contest presents an opportunity to snap a four year road losing streak dating back to September 12, 2009, when a Todd Reesing led Kansas squad won at UTEP 34-7.
A win at Rice would not just give Kansas a much needed road victory, it would also come at the hand of a very quality opponent and with each accomplishment on the checklist, the program grows and continues to fight its way back.
"For the program, winning last week, got that week. This week, winning on the road gets that out of the way. Winning three week from now against Texas Tech gets the conference thing out of the way," Weis said. "So, there's stepping stones you have to take to go ahead and move up. This just gives us an opportunity to go ad put one of those aside."
The positives from a trip on the road, is the bonding and team unity that can be achieved, the kind of dynamic that doesn't happen at home. So, while Kansas hasn't won on the road in four years, this weekend's trip presents a great opportunity for the team to grow.
"Going on the road can be a blessing sometimes, because there are a lot less distractions on the road," Weis said.
For the Jayhawks, the game also presents a shot at payback after a 25-24 loss at home a year ago. However, don't tell Weis that, who says that all the game was a teaching tool and he hopes his team shows the lessons learned, Saturday night at Rice Stadium.