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Originally published August 10, 2010 at 03:01p.m., updated August 10, 2010 at 03:27p.m.

Jayhawks announce foes for 2012 non-conference season

Second year without Colorado and Nebraska features just three non-con games

Kansas receiver Bradley McDougald charges up field past Northern Colorado safety Stephen Michon during the second quarter Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009 at Memorial Stadium. The catch set up a Jake Sharp touchdown.

Kansas receiver Bradley McDougald charges up field past Northern Colorado safety Stephen Michon during the second quarter Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009 at Memorial Stadium. The catch set up a Jake Sharp touchdown.

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Tuesday afternoon, the Kansas University football program announced its three non-conference games for the 2012 season, which will be the second year for the Big 12 without Colorado and Nebraska in the mix.

The 2012 schedule, which likely will feature the Jayhawks playing all nine remaining Big 12 opponents, includes home games against South Dakota State and Rice and a road game at Northern Illinois.

The Big 12 portion of the 2012 season has not yet been announced. What is known, however, is that the Jayhawks will open the year on Sept. 1 at home against South Dakota State.

KU then will host Rice in the first of a two-game series on Sept. 8. The Jayhawks also will play at Rice in 2013. On Sept. 22 KU will travel to Northern Illinois in a return game for the Huskies' trip to Lawrence in 2011.

KU has played all three opponents in the past, defeating South Dakota State 86-6 in 1947; knocking off Rice, 33-7, in the 1961 Bluebonnet Bowl; and falling, 37-34, to Northern Illinois in the first game of the Mike Gottfried era in 1983.

The 80-point victory against SDSU is second in history behind an 83-0 win against Washington (Mo.) in 1923. The win over Rice was KU’s second ever bowl appearance and first bowl victory.

The last time Kansas played just three regular-season non-conference games was 2005.

Comments

jayhawkinATL 9 years, 6 months ago

Bummed the 'hawks won't be making a return visit to the ATL next season. Wonder if KU had to pay GT to not have to return the game???

Jesse Newell 9 years, 6 months ago

KU returns to play at Georgia Tech in 2011. Above is the non-conference schedule for 2012.

jayhawkinATL 9 years, 6 months ago

Thanks...sorry for not reading the story carefully.

Carter Patterson 9 years, 6 months ago

I'm hoping that we don't drop Ga Tech next year. We have to drop one, and most people want to drop them, but I'm selfishly hoping we get them in my backyard as well.

jayhawkinATL 9 years, 6 months ago

...or was it agreed upon to just move the game to another year???

jayhawkinATL 9 years, 6 months ago

Sticking to the topic of future schedules, anyone have any idea how next season's non-conference shakes out? It makes sense that KU would not return the game to GT as doing so would likely reduce the number of on-campus home games to only five.

OCJHAWK 9 years, 6 months ago

Did we really have to give up a home game to play NI. Pretty pathetic for a big 12 team.

OCJHAWK 9 years, 6 months ago

If it was for recruiting Chicago area, at least schedule Northwestern.

sevenyearhawk 9 years, 6 months ago

I attended the Northwestern game, back in 2004 ... that was my first of many KU Football roadtrips. :D

There were so many Jayhawks in attendance (10,000+) that we caused their quarterback to false start - TWICE!

Then I saw John Randle (?) throw a pass to Adam Barrman on a fullback option and some NW cornerback just about separated Barrman's head from his body!

But I digress ... so who's to blame for this crappy non-con sked?

Loo or Gill?

Discuss.

Omari Miller 9 years, 6 months ago

Northwestern would have to have the nerve to play KU. Judging from their non-con scheduling for 2011 and 2012, they're not trying to play anyone that would hang another L on them. They're playing South Dakota State in 2012, Illinois State in 2011 and that SEC powerhouse Vanderbilt. It will be interesting to see how KU plays GT in the home/away series. But like Mangino said before, when you play powerhouses in-league, you build a program by starting the season against teams that can both get you experience and wins.

jayhawkinATL 9 years, 6 months ago

Is there still an opening for Sept. 3, 2011? If so, no big deal I guess. Either the UT or OU will be another home game.

klineisanazi 9 years, 6 months ago

Get used to it with Texas and OU on the schedule every year. For 95% of the teams in country, including KU, that means marking down two losses before the season starts. I wouldn't look for many tough teams in the non-con.

Dyrk Dugan 9 years, 6 months ago

4-5 or 5-4 in the league any year from here on out, would be pretty darn good for us. if we EVER go 7-2 or 8-1...it would probably be the greatest KU team ever.

Michael Leiker 9 years, 6 months ago

Looking forward to 3 warm up games every year...w/a KU Football trip to Chi Town thrown in, what a schedule!!!

Jeff Coffman 9 years, 6 months ago

I would agree that it is a shame that we have to do a home/away pairing.

Hawk50 9 years, 6 months ago

Whatever happened with the return trip to Duke? Did we buy out that game?

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