During the past five weeks, when Kansas beat two teams that are close to firing their coaches (Nebraska and Texas A&M), two teams with losing records (Colorado and Iowa State) and one of the most inconsistent programs in the country (Oklahoma State), the Jayhawks climbed from No. 13 in the BCS standings to No. 2.
During that same time frame, when Hawaii beat San Jose State (in overtime), New Mexico State, Fresno State and Nevada (they played mostly without the injured Brennan in that game), the Warriors actually fell from No. 14 to No. 15 in the BCS standings.
"It wasn't like we didn't try to go out and schedule good teams," Brennan said. "We tried to play everyone. We couldn't get anybody to take the offers. This is what we've dealt with and this is our schedule. I know we've won some close games and it's been a crazy year, but this team knows how to win. That's what's scary about us -- this team is used to winning."
And the Warriors can beat only the teams that are willing to play them.
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Game-changing quarterbacks. Texas Tech's Graham Harrell (47-for-72 for 420 yards with two touchdowns in a 34-27 upset of Oklahoma). Tulsa's Paul Smith (22-for-32 for 390 yards with two touchdowns in a 49-39 win at Army). Arizona's Willie Tuitama (21-for-39 for 266 yards with two scores in a 34-24 upset of Oregon). Hawaii's Tyler Graunke (33-for-46 for 358 yards with two touchdowns in a 28-26 win at Nevada). Ball State's Nate Davis (265 passing yards and three touchdowns and two scoring runs in a 41-20 defeat of Toledo). Florida's Tim Tebow (25-for-34 for 338 yards and three touchdowns and one scoring run in a 59-20 rout of Florida Atlantic). Army's Carson Williams (26-for-38 for 328 yards and three touchdowns in the loss to Tulsa). Illinois' Juice Williams (220 passing yards and one touchdown, 136 rushing yards and two scores in 41-22 win over Northwestern). Missouri's Chase Daniel (28-for-41 for 284 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-32 win at Kansas State). Arkansas' Casey Dick (14-for-17 for 199 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-31 victory over Mississippi State). Oklahoma State's Zac Robinson (16-for-21 for 202 yards and two touchdowns, 144 rushing yards and two scores in a 45-14 win at Baylor). Boise State's Taylor Tharp (22-for-31 for 282 yards with four touchdowns in a 58-14 rout over Idaho). Tennessee's Erik Ainge (29-for-43 for 245 yards with three touchdowns in a 25-24 win over Vanderbilt). BYU's Max Hall (26-for-37 for 331 yards and three touchdown passes in a 35-10 rout of Wyoming). Michigan State's Brian Hoyer (16-for-21 for 257 yards with four touchdowns in a 35-31 win over Penn State). Western Michigan's Tim Hiller (26-for-45 for 367 yards with three touchdowns in a 28-19 upset at Iowa). Kansas' Todd Reesing (21-for-26 for 253 yards with four touchdowns in a 45-7 rout of Iowa State). Boston College's Matt Ryan (31-for-47 for 315 yards and one score in a 20-17 win at Clemson). West Virginia's Pat White (13-for-19 for 140 yards, 155 rushing yards and two touchdowns in a 28-23 win at Cincinnati).