Friday, April 17, 2015

KU football finalizes 2016, 2017 non-conference schedules


With its previously scheduled home-and-home series with the University of Hawaii recently coming off the books, the Kansas University football program moved quickly to fill the open spots in its 2016 and 2017 schedules.

KU announced Friday the non-conference portion of its schedule for both seasons, which will include a total of four home games and two road games.

KU was able to get out of its series with Hawaii when UH announced Arizona would take KU’s place on its 2016 schedule.

KU neither made nor lost money by getting out of the series that was announced by former KU coach Charlie Weis during the summer of 2013.

The new schedules break down like this:

2016 –

Sept. 3 vs. Rhode Island

Sept. 10 vs. Ohio

Sept. 17 at Memphis

2017 –

Sept. 2 vs. Southeast Missouri State

Sept. 9 vs. Central Michigan

Sept. 16 at Ohio

The games against Rhode Island and Southeast Missouri State filled the slots vacated by Hawaii.

The Big 12 portion of those schedules will be released in the future.

As for the 2015 season, KU will kick off the David Beaty era on Sept. 5 against South Dakota State.

The rest of the 2015 schedule can be found on our KU Football page.


Aaron Paisley 5 years, 5 months ago

Why is KU so opposed to playing week 1?

And the layout of this year's schedule is just absolute crap for KU. KU's byes this year are weeks 1, 4, and 15. KU is playing 10 straight weeks this year to end their season. This is going to be a long season with that schedule and lack of depth on the roster.

Adam Tyler 5 years, 5 months ago

Weis was incompetent in many facets.

Scheduling was definitely one of them.

I get so upset seeing we have a bye in the first and last week. How could that make sense to anyone with a brain?

Aaron Paisley 5 years, 5 months ago

If you're going to blast someone for that, take a couple minutes and blame the right person. KU hasn't played in week 1 since 2008 so the blame for this is on Mangino and whoever was helping him set the schedule back then.

Adam Tyler 5 years, 5 months ago

I don't like how Weis signed on to play teams like Rutgers, Hawaii, Illinois, Houston, and a few others.

We should be taking the Bill Snyder approach and collecting wins against directional schools.

Wins are wins. And you only need 6 for a bowl. Collect three in non-con every year until your program is successful.

Aaron Paisley 5 years, 5 months ago

Scheduling road games in areas that you planned on recruiting heavily is incompetent scheduling? It's the same philosophy Self uses when he schedules road games for KU. So you keep right on thinking scheduling games in areas you plan on recruiting is incompetent.

Adam Tyler 5 years, 5 months ago

You like losses?

I dont.

Recruits dont either.

Did it hurt Snyder to play those directional schools? Not at all. It helped propel the program by giving them enough wins to go to bowl games.

That is the ultimate goal.

Having a winning program, and sustaining success will open doors in recruiting.

Raymond Wright 5 years, 5 months ago

We have had 1st week byes in 2008, 2011, 2013, 2014. Doesn't really look like it was Mangino that set this trend.

Waylon Cook 5 years, 5 months ago

Agreed. The schedule this season is not easy either. I guess KU figured Charlie have that ball rolling by this time?!

Vernon Riggs 5 years, 5 months ago

I didn't know Rhode Island had a football team. Division One?

Kevin Randell 5 years, 5 months ago

Look, I can assume the majority of people don't want to schedule big name schools for the first game, but since we may not be the type of program who will be a preseason top 5 team. I say why not go ahead and schedule the big boys? Or if anything schedule teams like Tulsa, SMU, Colorado State, or even other lower major conference teams? Because as a season ticket holder, I really don't look forward to driving 3 1/2 hours to see Rhode Island or Southeast Missouri. Sorry to gripe, but I was looking forward and saving up for the Hawaii game.

Mark Lindrud 5 years, 5 months ago

We aren't a type 5 team? But Cozart is coming back!

Michael Lorraine 5 years, 5 months ago

Too tough. Here is who I'd schedule. Devry, Southern New Hampshire, Wichita State (I know, they don't have a football team).

Robert Brown 5 years, 5 months ago

This schedule is a joke. It is almost as if football doesn't'the start until October. I hope the Big 12 mandates tougher schedules. There is no way a schedule like this will prepare a team for conference play. I guess if you have such low standards that the best you think KU can do is eek out three conference wins while beating up on three patsies, go ahead and order your tickets for that minor bowl in Dallas that takes the seventh team in the Big 12.

Kevin Kelly 5 years, 5 months ago

Okay. Sounds like a reasonable way to start. Where do I order them? I'm tired of watching people jump out of a moving car and trying to 'run real fast' to keep from getting hurt. There has to be something in-between. The car needs to slow down a bit. Remember that nationally the kind of people who would bitch about a KU schedule don't care if we ever win or loose.

Micky Baker 5 years, 5 months ago

I don't have a problem with the non-conference schedule. When you only have 3 slots to fill, and we've had the Gill/Weis era to recover from, you can't be choosers. This is a lot different than basketball. First, there are only 120 some division 1A football teams and 300 plus division 1A basketball teams. There are only 3 non-con games in football, 11 or so in basketball.

In three years then we might then be able to schedule some teams in areas that we Beaty wants to focus recruiting on, and that depends on a couple of things.

If we have 5 wins in the 2016 season and then get bowl eligible in 2017 by winning 7 or 8 games then KU can afford the risk of scheduling a UCLA or a team similar to that caliber before we jump way too far ahead of ourselves and schedule a top 25 non-con game.

At this point, nobody really knows what to expect aside from the offensive philosophy. The schedule should be the least of our worries, and the current schedule non-conference schedule can be used as a metric. For example, if we beat South Dakota State scoring in the 50's and holding them to under 10... that's a sign of improvement. If we beat South Dakota State 31-17... not that impressive. 56-3... I would take that as a sign that Beaty has the right kind of leadership skills.

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