No more excuses; time to show a little love
As Kansas continues its climb up the NCAA college football rankings, the haters seem to be changing their tune about the Jayhawks.We're deep enough into the conference season that the "weak nonconference schedule" criticism is wearing thin. Now some critics are trying a new angle: The Big 12 is weak this year.Yes, that's the new reason to dismiss KU's 8-0 record, No. 8 national ranking in both polls and No. 8 position in the latest BCS standings. It's the league's fault that the Jayhawks are undefeated.Here's a sampling of arguments I've heard naysayers attempt to make during the past 48 hours:- Sure, KU won at Kansas State, but K-State's not really a good football team (Oh really? They were ranked No. 24 at the time after annihilating then-No. 7 Texas, 41-21, in Austin.).- Well, Colorado's not a legit team. (Oh really? Well Oklahoma couldn't win in Boulder. Kansas did.). Well, Colorado beating Oklahoma was a fluke. (But didn't Colorado just go on the road and win at Texas Tech? Tech's good too.).- Well, Kansas doesn't have the tradition that more deserving schools like LSU and Florida have. (Umm : hello : polls are based on what your team does THIS year.).- Well, you've gotta admit that USC has a lot more talent on its roster and would beat Kansas any day of the week. (You may be right about the talent comparison, but last I checked what matters is what a team does with that talent. Kansas is 8-0. USC is 6-2 and doesn't even know who its starting quarterback should be).- Texas A&M's so overrated. (Maybe, but that doesn't change the fact that the Aggies were 6-2 coming into the game, and that Kyle Field presents one of the most difficult environments in college football for a road team to win).- KU won't have played anybody who's good until Missouri, so KU doesn't deserve to be in the top 10 unless it beats Missouri. (Hey, it's not the Jayhawks' fault that Nebraska stinks).Fortunately Kansas fans get it, and they're not having trouble shooting down these arguments from the critics any time they arise. Still, it's time for the rest of the country to wake up and admit that Kansas simply is one darn good football team. The Jayhawks are as disciplined as any team in America. They don't overlook opponents. They've pounded the teams they were supposed to pound. They've gutted out road victories in three of the toughest road environments in the conference. Their defense boasts two potential first-team All-Americans in Aqib Talib and James McClinton, and a quarterback in Todd Reesing who is worthy of Heisman Trophy consideration.It's time to give credit where credit is due. This Kansas football team is legit and deserving of its ranking.