Thursday, October 26, 2017

2018 Kansas football schedule includes Black Friday home date vs. Texas

Kansas wide receiver Steven Sims Jr. (11) puts a juke move on Texas cornerback Kris Boyd (2) during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas wide receiver Steven Sims Jr. (11) puts a juke move on Texas cornerback Kris Boyd (2) during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.


For the Kansas football fan who likes to plan ahead, the program on Thursday, with five games remaining in 2017, unveiled its official 2018 schedule, which includes a holiday weekend twist.

The Jayhawks will conclude next season at home, not on a Saturday, but on Black Friday, when they play host to Texas the day after Thanksgiving.

KU’s calendar a year from now calls for the rebuilding program to play six games at home and six on the road.

It all begins Labor Day weekend, with an opener versus FCS opponent Nicholls State (Sept. 1) at Memorial Stadium.

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KU travels in Week 2 to Central Michigan (Sept. 8) and wraps up the non-conference portion of the schedule back at home, versus Rutgers (Sept. 15), marking the program’s first home game against a Big Ten opponent since Kansas lost to Northwestern in 2003.

Though the current season provided Kansas with five home Big 12 dates and four on the road, 2018 will fall the opposite direction, with five conference road games and four in Lawrence.

KU will begin league play at Baylor (Sept. 22) before playing its Big 12 home opener versus Oklahoma State (Sept. 29). The Jayhawks are right back on the road the following weekend, at West Virginia (Oct. 6).

Following an Oct. 13 bye, Kansas travels to Texas Tech (Oct. 20). The Jayhawks then have their first home game in four weeks, when TCU visits Memorial Stadium (Oct. 27).

The final month of the 2018 season commences with a home game versus Iowa State (Nov. 3), before KU spends the next two weeks out of town, at Kansas State (Nov. 10) and at Oklahoma (Nov. 17).

The season concludes at Memorial Stadium on Black Friday, with the Longhorns’ visit to Lawrence (Nov. 23).

The 2018 season will mark the eighth year in a row that Big 12 teams play a round-robin schedule. It will be the second season for the return of the Big 12 Championship Game, scheduled for Dec. 1 at AT & T Stadium, in Arlington, Texas, site of the league title game through 2021.

Dates on KU’s 2018 football schedule are subject to change to accommodate television partners' requests. Decisions regarding television and game times for the first three weeks of the season, as well as any further special dates (any potential move to a Thursday for TV purposes) will be announced this coming July.


Sept. 1 — vs. Nicholls State

Sept. 8 — at Central Michigan

Sept. 15 — vs. Rutgers

Sept. 22 — at Baylor

Sept. 29 — vs. Oklahoma State

Oct. 6 — at West Virginia

Oct. 20 — at Texas Tech

Oct. 27 — vs. TCU

Nov. 3 — vs. Iowa State

Nov. 10 — at Kansas State

Nov. 17 — at Oklahoma

Nov. 23 — vs. Texas


John Fitzgerald 3 years, 4 months ago

Nicholls is a good football team and would put up a challenge for this KU team, possibly even enough to beat them. Having said that, next year looks like a possible 0-12 season. That's if things continue to go as they're going.

Lucas Town 3 years, 4 months ago

I don't see a win coming in the conference next season. But below is my gut feeling on the record.

The home games will be tough.

Nicholls State is currently 5-2. - W

Rutgers has won a couple of conference games, even a conference road game. - ?

Oklahoma State - L


Iowa State - L

Texas - L

The road games don't look promising.

@ Central Michigan, we saw what happened in Lawrence this season. - L

Baylor - L

West Virginia - L

Texas Tech - L

Kansas State - L

Oklahoma - L

Somewhere between 1-11 and 2-10. Rutgers is a toss up to me.

David Kemp 3 years, 4 months ago

And in year 4 this is acceptable, I don’t think so.

Lucas Town 3 years, 4 months ago

No, it is not, but this is just an off the cuff guess on my part. We may find ourselves in more ball games next year as it seems many schools will have a new quarterback next season. Ertz, Hill, Kempt, Mayfield, Rudolph and Shimonek will all be gone. Hopefully another year of maturity will yield better results.

Jeff Coffman 3 years, 4 months ago

Personally, I don't think in year 1 it would or should have been acceptable.

Waylon Cook 3 years, 4 months ago

Zenger has to go. Campbell likely bolts from ISU so we have that as a possible win

Robert Brock 3 years, 4 months ago

Get a head start: fire Sheahon Zenger TODAY!

Bryce Landon 3 years, 4 months ago

Everyone will be shopping, so no one will see the bloodbath.

Barry Weiss 3 years, 4 months ago

next season is a wash out unless we bring in a new coach, who snags a couple of play maker recruits. Absent that, we get maybe one win next year to go with our one win this year and the jokes on national TV go on and on and on....

Jeff Coffman 3 years, 4 months ago

When people are wondering if Nicholls state will be a win or not, that should be an indicator of what to do with the Coach.

I'm sorry, but the first three should be automatic wins even with the names we are playing, if they aren't the coach needs to be re-examined.

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