Outside of the immediate area surrounding Kansas and Central Michigan, it’s very likely that nobody will really care as to what transpires Saturday afternoon in Memorial Stadium. However, to the hardcore of college football fans, the aftermath of this game could bring some interesting scenarios to the forefront.
The struggles of the past two weeks have brought about questions surrounding head coach Charlie Weis’ tenure at Kansas. Before the season, Weis asked fans to give the team the month of September and the team would ensure that they come back in October and November. Ironically, though the team is struggling, the Jayhawks could actually be 3-1 after next week, with a win over Central Michigan on Saturday, followed by an upset win over Texas on Homecoming next week. Answers are sure to come in some way and that’s what makes this game intriguing.
Here are five questions surrounding the suddenly intriguing affair between the Jayhawks and Chippewas.
1.Will the players fight hard for their beleaguered coach?
Following last week’s 41-3 drubbing at the hands of Duke, rumors started swirling around the Jayhawk program that Weis could actually be coaching for his job, just two year and three games into his tenure at Kansas. Simply put, a resounding KU victory would tell a lot about the mental state of the suddenly reeling team. However, should Kansas lose and be dominated by their MAC opponents, answers would also be provided and there could be some tough decisions coming much sooner than anyone should ever desire in the course of a season.
2. Will the real Montell Cozart please stand up?
Cozart looked mature beyond his years in last season’s upset of West Virginia. Other times, he’s looked like a kid who is starting his first college game. Last week was definitely the latter. Cozart must step up his performance, or we will see more of Michael Cummings, especially if the situation becomes dire.
3. Will the offense generate some points?
While much of this is on Cozart, will the unit as a whole come out breathing fire, or will they continue their inconsistent ways? It would do the team some good to come out and light up an opponent for once, lighting up the scoreboard would be a nice headstart.
4. Will the Kansas defense struggle against the smash mouth style of Central Michigan?
Defensive coordinator Clint Bowen says the “old school” approach of the Chippewas won’t be all too much of a shock, citing some of the packages they saw in their opener against Southeast Missouri State. In many ways, it’ll be refreshing to see the more traditional sets in a spread happy college football landscape.
5. What happens if Kansas should lose, or lose badly?
Therein lies the biggest and probably the one question that gets the fans talking the most, for better or worse. There are so many hypothesis, but let’s face it, if you’re talking about firing your coach three games into a season in his third year, it’s never a good thing. The most positive scenario would be to come out and blast Central Michigan and then take out Texas next week.
Now, you’re sitting at 3-1 and are starting to stand on your two feet and make some noise. Whether it’s a dream or a reality, the answers may begin to reveal themselves this afternoon.