Wednesday, January 11, 2017

KU football announces ACC, Big Ten foes for future seasons

Kansas cornerback JaCorey Shepherd jumps on the back of Duke running back Josh Snead after a catch during second quarter on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2013 at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, North Carolina.

Kansas cornerback JaCorey Shepherd jumps on the back of Duke running back Josh Snead after a catch during second quarter on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2013 at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, North Carolina.


It won’t happen immediately, but the Kansas football team soon will begin playing a heartier non-conference schedule.

A little more than a year ago, the Big 12 Conference decided to require its football programs to face at least one non-league opponent from one of the so-called Power 5 conferences every year. At the time, Kansas already had its schedules for 2016 and 2017 set.

The ramification of the rule will finally play out for the Jayhawks beginning in 2018, though, as evidenced in the team’s Wednesday announcement of future opponents.

KU disclosed it has finalized its schedule through the 2021 season and will face both Boston College and Duke, from the ACC, as well as the Big Ten’s Illinois, in the years to come.

In December of 2015, the Big 12 deemed to beef up its scheduling in order to help its teams’ chances of landing one of the four highly coveted spots in the College Football Playoff.

"This move will strengthen the resumes for all Big 12 teams,” Bob Bowlsby said at the time. “Coupled with the nine-game full round robin conference schedule our teams play, it will not only benefit the teams at the top of our standings each season, but will impact the overall strength of the conference."

The strategy also included a rule stipulating no team could face more than one non-FBS opponent a season.

In 2018, Kansas will play host to Nicholls State (Sept. 1) and the Big Ten’s Rutgers (Sept. 15), and face Central Michigan on the road (Sept. 8).

In 2019, KU opens with back-to-back home games against Indiana State (Aug. 31) and soon-to-be FBS program Coastal Carolina (Sept. 7). Then the Jayhawks travel to Boston College (Sept. 14).

For 2020, the Kansas slate features home games with Wagner (Sept. 5) and BC (Sept. 19), as well as a road date with Coastal Carolina (Sept. 26).

The following year, in 2021, KU will welcome South Dakota (Sept. 4) and Coastal Carolina (Sept. 11) to Memorial Stadium. On Sept. 25 that season, the Jayhawks will play at Duke.

Although scheduling for 2022, 2023 and 2024 isn’t completely in place, KU also announced the following non-conference games: Kansas at Houston (Sept. 17, 2022), Duke at Kansas (Sept. 24, 2022), Illinois at Kansas (Sept. 9, 2023), Houston at Kansas (Sept. 16, 2023) and Kansas at Illinois (Sept. 7, 2024).

This coming fall — as scheduled far in advance — Kansas will face Southeast Missouri State (Sept. 2) and Central Michigan (Sept. 9) in Lawrence, and then travel to Ohio (Sept.16).


Jeff Soisson 4 years, 5 months ago

Great plan if we never want to be in a bowl game, this is stupid for us. We should be scheduling the worst of the 10 worst teams every year to learn how to win. The conference should not dictate this to the schools that are not as talented (yet). We are K.U. fans, we just want to go bowling, that is what is fun for us!

Brett McCabe 4 years, 5 months ago

The Big 12 being the Big 12 which means - being stupid. Call this the Art Briles rule which now, with a championship game, is no longer needed to get our champ into the playoff.

In fact, with the championship game added, teams like KU should be encouraged to schedule lighter, in order to get bowl games - which would be good for the league..

Seriously, this clown-show of a league should get together after the Final Four and agree on one rule: don't make any more rules.

KU should have issue a rhetorical flying-finger and said, "We'll schedule the way that helps us, than you very much."

Robert Brock 4 years, 5 months ago

KU needn't worry about bowls. First up: Obtaining three wins in a season. Might be achievable...

Kevin Robert Fest 4 years, 5 months ago

Omg, the same cry babies on this site every year, let's play the worst teams to make it seem like we're good and get some wins so we can learn how to win against High School level teams and then that will make me feel better about myself and then we can go 0fer in the conference because we didn't play any good teams leading up to the conference schedule. How did the win against Rhode Island prepare us in any way to play anybody else that year? No I'm not saying if we had played another team that you can actually recognize or know where they are located besides a directional indication ie South Dakota Central Michigan etc that it would have helped us beat anybody this year but to think we should play a lowly crappy team pad at our schedule and get a couple of wins and make it seem like we're improving what a joke!!!

Brett McCabe 4 years, 5 months ago

Literally no one said that. Imaginary arguments with your imaginary friends?

But, more to the point, you know what the guy to the west did, right? How'd that work out? And, you know, he didn't just do it once, he did it twice.

Jim Stauffer 4 years, 5 months ago

Actually I agree with Kevin, but maybe for a different reason. While at the moment, beating Rhode Island was a fun thing, it did not last long after the emotion died I realized we had not accomplished anything of substance. I want to see us play teams of our caliber. Sure we run the risk of losing, but when I go to Memorial I want to see a real FB game where guys are busting their tails to compete. We now have some great kids in our program and I have little doubt that upswing will continue with Beaty and his staff doing the recruiting. Let's give them a chance to accept the challenge of beating others of like ilk.

Kevin Robert Fest 4 years, 5 months ago

Perfectly said Jim. Some how l dont think "Ok guys this weeks opponent is Coastal Carolina" fires up any team or "If you come to Kansas to play football youll have the chance to play Wagner" will encourage any recruit to say oh ok sure Ill come lol. Give me a break. This is sad. Especially for those here who encourage that sort of scheduling.

Brett McCabe 4 years, 5 months ago

Both you and Jim are wrong. I'm strongly in favor of lighter scheduling but was never in favor of the URI game, and I don't think anyone on this site was.

One thing is for sure with KU football, though, we keep doing what we are doing and we keep getting what we are getting because, instead of being smart, we have goof-balls like you running around pounding your chest.

Guess what they do in the NFL to assist teams? Ever heard of parity scheduling? How's that worked out for the NFL, the single-biggest sports enterprise in America.

It's amazing how thick-headed KU football fans can be, and it's a prime reason this program has been so bad for so long.

Gerry Butler 4 years, 5 months ago

YA so very true - -ISN'T IT AMAZING - how THICK some well won't call you a fan but HOW THICK SOME ARE HUH BRETT BUDDY ya you stick with that lmao

Gerry Butler 4 years, 5 months ago

I Agree Kevin you and Jim are BOTH RIGHT. How can anyone players included ever get excited about playing some of these Coastal Carolina's and such others east - -northeast Oklahoma, or Pizza jims schools? like you said you think better recruits wanna come play against competition like that. I'm with you 100% Rutgers - -Illnois aren't exactly power houses but definitely up grage from what we have been playing AWSOME JOB glad to see

Kevin Robert Fest 4 years, 5 months ago

Omg oh well if its good enough for the NFL oh yeah Kansas should do it as well. NCAA hand holding.

The program is bad because lm not in favor of poor scheduling?

I wish it was that easy of a fix.

John Brazelton 4 years, 5 months ago

Within one or two seasons, KU football will be more than competitive in the Big 12. Our recruiting is producing one or two football stars each year and developing 2 and 3-star recruits into competitive players. Our main problem is we're not recruiting quality linemen who already have the height, weight and strength to play after their re-shirt year.

Dirk Medema 4 years, 5 months ago

Or it's not after their redshirt year. It's during their true freshman year.

If OL recruiting is our main problem, it will take 3-4 years to fix.

If on the other hand it has been young, the current, soon to be more experienced players will be positive contributors in a year or 2.

Kevin Robert Fest 4 years, 5 months ago

KU is recruiting them John or at least offering them, but getting them to come and offering are 2 different things. Or at least getting them to stick with their commitment.

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