Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Seven weeks and six games for Kansas University's football team so far have produced a travel log of about 80 miles.
Hey, nobody is apologizing. There's not a team in college football who wouldn't want to stay home all the time if given the opportunity.
But the 15th-ranked Jayhawks are going to be leaving the state of Kansas for the first time this week, when they travel to play a 4:45 p.m. Saturday game against Colorado in Boulder, Colo. It looks to put a slight hitch in what's becoming a routine around Lawrence.
So far, Kansas (6-0 overall, 2-0 Big 12 Conference play) has played five games at Memorial Stadium and one at Kansas State in Manhattan.
KU coach Mark Mangino, though, said leaving the Sunflower State shouldn't pose any problem.
"It's not like we're going all the way to West Coast or the East Coast," Mangino said. "We're just flying an hour and a half : it's not that big of a deal."
The Jayhawks did do the normal road-game routine for Kansas State. They left Friday afternoon after a walk-through in Lawrence and visited Bill Snyder Family Stadium before crashing in a Manhattan hotel. Kansas won the game the next day, 30-24, in front of a hostile crowd of 50,924.
This week, it'll be a plane flight instead of a bus ride.
Kansas better get used to the routine on the road. Three of KU's next four games are away from Lawrence, including showdowns at Colorado, Texas A&M (Oct. 27) and Oklahoma State (Nov. 10). Only a home game against Nebraska on Nov. 3 breaks up the travel splurge.