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Huge loss over, big game ahead for KU

McLane Stadium, Baylor University’s beautiful, brand-new stadium alongside the Brazos River, isn’t likely to be sullied by as poor a Big 12 performance as the one put on by the visitors Saturday for quite some time.

Baylor 60, Kansas 14 didn’t begin to tell the story of how lopsided a game it was. But in one sense, it was a good day for the Jayhawks to have such a brutal day because their best wouldn’t have been good enough to hang with the juggernaut Art Briles has built. First came the coach. The players followed. Then the fans and finally the donors. Up popped McLane Stadium, a monument to just how far Baylor football has put KU in its rear-view mirror, for anyone too entranced to notice that the scoreboard also reflected the disparity.

Kansas (2-6 in the Big 12, 0-5 overall) administrators can’t generate much interest among donors to finance meaningful stadium renovations. KU doesn’t field a Big 12-caliber roster in terms of either quantity or quality. But that doesn’t mean it can’t play in a big game. It just so happens that game is the same one so many in Lawrence had circled on their calendars Jan. 6, the day Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads hired Mark Mangino as his offensive coordinator.

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