Turner Gill keeps asking his players to believe.
Last week, they looked like they did, showing fight against a top-ranked Oklahoma team.
After losing to rival Kansas State 59-21 on Saturday, his players didn't look like they believed, and the fan base may soon be asking newly appointed athletic director Sheahon Zenger if he believes.
Kansas didn't necessarily need to win today for Gill to establish some good faith. Kansas State is a good team, undefeated and ranked No. 11.
But Gill needed his team to be competitive. Another nightmarish third quarter assured that it would be anything but.
Instead, for a second consecutive season, the Jayhawks gave up 59 points on their home field against their second-biggest rival. That doesn't inspire much additional reason for hope.
Kansas' offense is improved from last season. Its defense is much worse. The result is the nearly the same, if not worse. Kansas is 2-5, and not looking like a team with a lot of upside.
The Jayhawks travel to Texas next week, but going winless in Big 12 play is a very realistic scenario for Kansas. Gill can't let that happen.
Zenger didn't hire Gill. In situations like this, that matters a lot.
He deserves another year to turn it around, but with the Jayhawks looking this helpless, can anyone blame the KU administration if he doesn't get it?
Meanwhile, Kansas State held up its end of the bargain for a showdown of two of the Big 12's three undefeated teams next weekend. Oklahoma will get its chance later tonight at home against Texas Tech.