Big 12 Media Days started Wednesday, which means the countdown to college football season is officially on.
Every year at conference media days, even when there's a pretty consensus idea on who's going to be good and bad, you always get some interesting opinions — particularly in the projected order of finish. At 2019 SEC Media Days, three brave souls picked Tennessee, South Carolina and Kentucky to win the SEC East. Needless to say, none of those guys was correct.
But every media member in the Big 12 seems to be on the same page when it comes to who will bring up the rear of the conference this season. No, really: every single outlet which covers Big 12 football picked Kansas to finish last. Not a single deviating opinion.
Poor Kansas. The kids in that program had to deal with what sounds like a nightmare few years under Les Miles and now they're apparently the first team to ever be unanimously picked to finish last in the conference. Talk about not being able to catch a break.
I went back and looked and the Jayhawks have signed just two top 300 high school recruits in their last 10 classes. For reference, Alabama signed 23 such players in 2021. That kind of recruiting — although Kansas does rely more on junior college players than other schools, given the caliber of JUCO football in the state — will land you a dubious honor such as the one KU received today.
Maybe 2021 will be the year the Jayhawks prove everyone wrong and win four games for the first time since 2009. Probably not, but maybe.