Now that we know Beaty will likely finish the season I wanted to take a look at how the team has improved from his first year to this year against the three Big 12 teams Kansas has faced so far.
And from the stats and final scores it’s clear there is definite improvement.
|Team/ Year||Pass Yards||Rush Yards||Pass Defense||Rush Defense||Turn Marg
|Baylor 2018||149||122||257||190||0||26-7 BAY||-19|
|Baylor 2017||163||126||335||120||-2||38-9 BAY||-29|
|Baylor 2016||134||83||207||246||-4||49-7 BAY||-42|
|Baylor 2015||158||69||363||281||-1||66-7 BAY||-59|
|OSU 2018||247||121||312||256||0||48-28 OSU||-20|
|OSU 2017||172||69||494||167||-1||58-17 OSU||-41|
|OSU 2016||250||204||252||228||-2||44-20 OSU||-24|
|OSU 2015||191||30||381||202||-2||58-10 OSU||-48|
|WVU 2018||206||80||332||177||1||38-22 WVU||-16|
|WVU 2017||197||367||347||288||-2||56-34 WVU||-22|
|WVU 2016||291||150||264||341||-1||48-21 WVU||-27|
|WVU 2015||127||82||204||426||-1||49-0 WVU||-49|
When you’re a fan of a team that’s gone through a decade of losing it’s often hard to find any improvements outside of wins. But one thing is clear, Beaty’s teams are definitely getting better even if it hasn’t resulted in wins.
Against every Big 12 team they’ve faced this year Kansas has lowered their loss per game margin from 52 to 18. That’s a pretty significant difference.
And on top of that the defense is giving up less and less yards each game. But it’s clear the problems specifically lie with the offense.
Since Beaty’s first year there have been offensive improvements but they’ve been minimal. And they haven’t always translated into each game.
For instance, last year against WVU Kansas ran for 367 yards. This year they only ran for 80. It’s definitely an odd stat considering how high Pooka Williams is ranked among all RB’s in the FBS. A lot of that has to do with the play calling which we’ve seen has been a big issue throughout the years.
It’s also clear that Kansas has drastically improved their turnover margin each game. In every game the last three years they have a negative margin against each team in Baylor, Oklahoma State and West Virginia. This year against those same opponents they have turnover margins of 0, 0, and +1.
It’s obvious a big area of emphasis for this year’s team was to win the turnover battle each game. And even with the offense being so inconsistent winning the turnover margin has actually allowed them to stay in the games. This is definitely a positive but without a consistent offense, especially in the Big 12, it’ll be very difficult to finish those closer games.
Either way Kansas has absolutely seen improvement. And it makes sense with how the number of scholarship players has increased from about 51 in Beaty’s first year to roughly 75 this year.
Unfortunately those scholarship numbers will start to go back down starting next year then potentially plummeting all the way back down to around 50 in 2020. And it’s hard to imagine the team being better next year with losing guys like Joe Dineen, Keith Loneker, Steven Sims Jr., Kerr Johnson Jr., Jeremiah Booker, JJ Holmes and Daniel Wise.
And a lot of people will claim that Beaty has done a great job in recruiting, but that isn’t completely accurate. While he’s done a good job of bringing in talent he has not done a good job of managing the scholarship numbers which will continue to be a big issue the next five years.
At the end of the day Beaty hasn’t done horrible but he hasn’t been great. Let’s hope that he can pull off a few wins and/or at least stay competitive in most of the upcoming games. Even though I don’t see him coaching Kansas in 2019 it would still be a good thing for the future coach to have some momentum going into next year.