OSU football: Conference schedule has been a killer for Kansas

When the Jayhawks step into Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday, they'll lug with them the longest active conference losing streak in the country at 26 games.
by John Helsley Published: November 7, 2013
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photo - Kansas quarterback Jake Heaps (9) passes against TCU in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Kansas quarterback Jake Heaps (9) passes against TCU in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Duke and Kansas hold a hallowed common ground as blue bloods of the college basketball world.

They share a similar status in football, too. Except the turf isn't at all hallowed, but rather haunted.

When the Jayhawks step into Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday, they'll lug with them the longest active conference losing streak in the country at 26 games. Kansas hasn't won a Big 12 contest since outlasting Colorado 52-45 on Nov. 6, 2010, a year in which it posted just the one conference win.

With Colorado no longer in play to kick around anymore, league life has been a killer for the Jayhawks. At 0-5 in the Big 12 this season, they're working on their third straight winless conference season.

“I might be on the verge of tears at times,” KU quarterback Jake Heaps said earlier this season. “But that's because I'm an emotional, passionate, competitive guy. I hate to lose, and I want to win every time we go out there. And when that doesn't happen, it's tough.”

Clearly, these are the toughest of times for the Jayhawks.

Which begs the question: is it possible that KU is the worst BCS conference program in the country?

At the moment, perhaps, yes, seeing as Duke is enjoying a season for the ages — at least its ages — at 6-2 overall and 2-2 in the ACC, eligible for a bowl bid. The Blue Devils won three league games a year ago, too, after ending 2011 with a seven-game losing streak.

In the bigger picture, dating back to the formation of the Big 12, which spans just beyond the BCS era, nobody has done losing like Duke. Since 1995, the Blue Devils have suffered three conference losing streaks of at least 21 games. And their 30 straight league losses from 1999-2003 are the most by a FBS program in the BCS age.

Still, Kansas is next at 26, which is currently eight more than the holder of the second-longest active skid — Illinois, at 16. And to think, the Jayhawks won the Orange Bowl in 2007 and followed with an Insight Bowl victory in 2008.

Soon after, Mark Mangino was fired and the program went into decline. And in 2012, KU's all-time winning percentage dipped below .500 for the first time since the team finished 1-2 in its debut season in 1890.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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