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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Kansas football unveils 2016 schedule

The Jayhawks pack it in tight as they prepare to rush onto the field before kickoff on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015 at Memorial Stadium.

The Jayhawks pack it in tight as they prepare to rush onto the field before kickoff on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015 at Memorial Stadium.

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The Kansas University football team officially announced its 2016 schedule on Tuesday.

The Jayhawks will play six games at Memorial Stadium and six on the road.

KU’s second season under head coach David Beaty will begin with back-to-back home games, against Rhode Island and Ohio, before Kansas closes its non-conference portion of the schedule with a road game at Memphis.

An idle week will lead Kansas into its Big 12 slate, which opens with an Oct. 1 trip to Lubbock, Texas, to face Texas Tech.

Conference home dates for Kansas come against TCU, Oklahoma State, Iowa State and Texas.

The Jayhawks will face the Red Raiders, Baylor, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Kansas State on the road.

Next fall marks the sixth season of the Big 12’s nine-game, round-robin format.

2016 KANSAS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Sept. 3 — Rhode Island

Sept. 10 — Ohio

Sept. 17 — at Memphis

Oct. 1 — at Texas Tech

Oct. 8 — TCU

Oct. 15 — at Baylor

Oct. 22 — Oklahoma State

Oct. 29 — at Oklahoma

Nov. 5 — at West Virginia

Nov. 12 — Iowa State

Nov. 19 — Texas

Nov. 26 — at Kansas State

Comments

Brett McCabe 4 years, 6 months ago

We should be 2-0 as we head to Beale Street. If we are a solid 2-0, there is no reason why we couldn't steal one on the road.

The last four weeks are all games in which we should be able to compete.

Ashwin Rao 4 years, 6 months ago

Hmmm... can someone help me recall when I have heard this before? :)

I have been hearing this for the last 5 yrs! Will love for it to be true, but will wait patiently for it to happen!

Brett McCabe 4 years, 6 months ago

Ashwin....beyond just being hopeful, there are a few reasons that I think 3 wins are possible. The first is having a returning starter at QB. Though it's no guarantee for success, it generally does help a team move forward more quickly.

Second, it's not just the general youth of the team that has been the problem, it's the fact that so many players are Freshmen. The second-year jump for most players is very real, so we should get a nice charge of improvement.

Third, it's the second year of the system. Though this was true of both Gill and Weiss, everyone pretty much agrees that neither of those men could coach a P5 college team successfully. If you believe in what Beaty and Company are doing, then you have to believe that year-two will provide some significant, systematic improvement.

To me, these are the distinctions that make an optimistic view a more realistic view. If we've picked the wrong coach again, then nothing will happen. If we've picked the right coach, and I think that we have, then the team should get noticeably better.

Dirk Medema 4 years, 6 months ago

Or maybe just 1-1.

As amazing as it is to imagine Rhode Island appears to be significantly worse than KU (Sagrin rating 224 vs 141, argue if you want about Sagrin ratings, but the general sense is what I'm referring to.) Unfortunately, Ohio is also about 40 places better than KU (100 vs 141). At least that is better than this year when we played teams ranked 86 & 94, plus Memphis at 47. It will be interesting to see if Lynch (Jr QB) comes back for Memphis. If he does, it appears that he will have most of his play makers as well - losing only 1 (I think?).

Ash might be more accurate, though at least we should be more experienced and have a roster that is at least better than D2 (# of scholarships).

William Weissbeck 4 years, 6 months ago

KU lost to Ohio in Bobby Douglas' junior year. If I recall, without looking it up, Pepper Rogers started 0-3 before finishing 5-5 the year before the Orange Bowl season.

Lucas Town 4 years, 6 months ago

We will beat Rhode Island and Iowa State. The Ohio game is a toss up to me, but seeing as Solich has been there for a decade and they are currently 8-4, it will be tough. We always play TCU and Tech close. I am going to put us at 3 wins next year. That will show nice growth from year one to year two for this staff and players.

Doug Cramer 4 years, 6 months ago

Man - predicting next year's record already ? We got some prophets in here.

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