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Thursday, October 18, 2018

KU football’s 2019 schedule finalized

Next season will feature 2 bye weeks

Kansas running back Pooka Williams Jr. jumps over a teammate to gain more yards against Oklahoma State on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018.

Kansas running back Pooka Williams Jr. jumps over a teammate to gain more yards against Oklahoma State on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018.

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What exactly the Kansas football team’s lineups and coaching staff will look like by the time the 2019 season gets here is anyone’s guess at this point. As of Thursday, though, with the Big 12 unveiling next year's football schedule, we now all know the dates on which the Jayhawks will be playing on the forthcoming calendar.

KU will stick around Lawrence more often than not, playing five conference games at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium in 2019, and four on the road, following a nonconference schedule that features two home games and one road trip. The season also will include two bye weeks.

The Saturday of Labor Day weekend, as previously announced, Kansas opens in Lawrence against Indiana State, on Aug. 31. The Jayhawks get another home game a week later, against Coastal Carolina, on Sept. 7, before they head out to the northeastern most portion of ACC country for a game at Boston College (Sept. 14).

From there, KU jumps into Big 12 action by playing host to West Virginia on Sept. 21. Next comes a trip to TCU (Sept. 28) and another home date, against Oklahoma (Oct. 5), before a midseason bye week.

The six-game stretch to close the 2019 schedule begins at Texas (Oct. 19). Then three of the final five games come at home: Texas Tech (Oct. 26), Kansas State (Nov. 2) and the season finale against Baylor (Nov. 30).

KU’s back-to-back road games leading up to the finale come at Oklahoma State (Nov. 16) and Iowa State (Nov. 23), immediately following a rare second idle week (Nov. 9).

Dates are subject to change as adjustments are expected to accommodate television partners' requests. Decisions regarding television and game times for the first three weeks of the season and special dates will be announced in June.

The 2019 Big 12 slate features a 10-team, nine-game, round-robin schedule for the ninth season in a row. It marks the third consecutive year each team will play nine conference games with a championship game implemented. The top two finishers in the regular season standings will compete for the conference title in the Big 12 Football Championship Game, which is scheduled in 2019 for Saturday, Dec. 7. The championship game will be played in Arlington, Texas' AT&T; Stadium through 2021.

2019 KU Football Schedule

Aug. 31 — Indiana State

Sept. 7 — Coastal Carolina

Sept. 14 — at Boston College

Sept. 21 — West Virginia

Sept. 28 — at TCU

Oct. 5 — Oklahoma

Oct. 12 — bye

Oct. 19 — at Texas

Oct. 26 — Texas Tech

Nov. 2 — Kansas State

Nov. 9 — bye

Nov. 16 — at Oklahoma State

Nov. 23 — at Iowa State

Nov. 30 — Baylor

Comments

Dennis Strick 9 months ago

Les Miles Should Love The Way That Schedule Starts. We should get out of the blocks quickly. He will love the two Bye Weeks Too.

Brett McCabe 9 months ago

Brilliant thinking by scheduling three non cons in areas we don’t recruit. There are many reasons our football program doesn’t succeed, this is just anyone.

Aaron Paisley 9 months ago

So KU doesn't recruit locally, considering 2 of the 3 non-conference games are in Lawrence. Also, every P5 conference has stipulation, or will very shortly, that every team has to play at least 1 P5 team in the nonconference. BC is a traditional doormat that's having a decent season this year, but should be returning to the ACC cellar shortly.

Jeff Coffman 9 months ago

With Beaty the over under will be 2.5 again? and he will underperform

With a new coach, would we see 4.5? and most of us would be hopeful for more.

Steven Haag 9 months ago

Brett, we recruit Louisiana....maybe we should have scheduled LSU. Brilliant

Brett McCabe 9 months ago

Steven, or maybe La Tech or Tulane. I didn’t realize there was only one school in the state. Brilliant.

Michael Maris 9 months ago

I believe that the Non-conference was scheduled well before this calendar year. So, you can blame that issue on the former AD's.

Brett McCabe 9 months ago

Definitely not blaming Long. These things are generally years in the making, though I believe Snyder eased and wised up his scheduling early in his KSU career by buying out of some things.

Michael Maris 9 months ago

Not trying to argue your response, in fact I agree with your initial statement about scheduling games against schools in the recruiting footprint. However, Jayhawks Football Dept. is really not in a position to start cutting buyout checks to schedule games against Tulane, Arkansas State, UTEP, Stephen F. Austin, etc....

Waylon Cook 9 months ago

Can we finalize a head coach for 2019?

Robert Brock 9 months ago

KU will have a new HC by Christmas.

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