Kansas vs. West Virginia: WVU frets about team that has nothing to lose

Justin K. Aller

West Virginia still has a lot to worry about against the Kansas Jayhawks, despite -- or maybe because -- of the fact that Charlie Weis' squad is on a 10-game losing streak and has no conference wins.

The Kansas Jayhawks might be the least threatening opponent on the West Virginia Mountaineers' Big 12 schedule, but that's why they're treating them with a little bit of apprehension: the Jayhawks are desperate for their first conference win and could provide an embarrassing Senior Day loss that would put a major dent in the Mountaineers' bowl positioning.

Kansas won its season opener with San Diego State, the team's first game under Charlie Weis. Since then, they've lost 10 straight. Although they've had their fair share of blowouts, they've put pressure on some teams, scoring 14 unanswered in the fourth quarter against Oklahoma State, leading Texas 17-7 in the fourth quarter, and pushing Texas Tech to overtime. They might have the No. 115 offense in the country, but Mike Casazza of the Charleston Daily Mail argues that WVU defensive coordinator Joe DeForest should remain worried, as his unit is even worse at No. 121 in the country.

"It's a scary game," DeForest said. "It really is, because what do they have to lose? They can run tricks in the kicking game, they can run tricks on offense. They've had two weeks to prepare for us, so we may see things we've never seen before. They may try anything to win their first Big 12 game."

If the Mountaineers lose, they'll likely spend their bowl game in the cold, as it would send them to the Pinstripe Bowl in New York. A win could send them to the Holiday Bowl in San Diego or the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas in Houston.

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