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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

KU football will have an early Big 12 road game in 2020

Kansas head coach Les Miles walks on the field after defeating Indiana State Saturday afternoon at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium on Aug. 31, 2019.

Kansas head coach Les Miles walks on the field after defeating Indiana State Saturday afternoon at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium on Aug. 31, 2019.

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The second season of the Les Miles era at the University of Kansas will jump into Big 12 action in a hurry.

The Jayhawks won’t open the 2020 schedule with three straight nonconference foes, as they usually do. The Big 12 announced next season’s football calendars for all 10 teams on Tuesday, and the dates include a Week 2 matchup between KU and Baylor, in Waco, Texas.

It will mark the first time Kansas plays a league game before completing its nonconference schedule since 2012, when KU played host to TCU in Week 3.

The Jayhawks haven't faced a Big 12 opponent in the first two weeks since 2002, when they played their season opener at Iowa State in Week 1 of Mark Mangino’s debut year in charge.

KU will open the 2020 season in Lawrence against FCS opponent New Hampshire. Its other two nonconference games are rematches of games from this season, with Boston College headed to KU in Week 3 and the Jayhawks wrapping up their nonconference schedule at Coastal Carolina, in Conway, S.C., on Sept. 26.

Big 12 play will resume for Kansas on Oct. 3, when Iowa State visits David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. KU’s other home conference games come against Oklahoma State (Oct. 17), Texas (Nov. 7) and TCU (Nov. 28).

The Jayhawks will play five league games on the road: at Baylor, Kansas State (Oct. 10), West Virginia (Oct. 24), Texas Tech (Nov. 14) and Oklahoma (Nov. 21).

KU will play eight games in a row to open the season before a Halloween bye date.

According to the Big 12, dates are subject to change as adjustments could be made to accommodate television broadcasts. Decisions regarding TV and game times for the first three weeks of the season, as well as special dates (such as playing on a Thursday or Friday) will be announced in June.

2020 KU football schedule

Sept. 5 - New Hampshire

Sept. 12 - at Baylor

Sept. 19 - Boston College

Sept. 26 - at Coastal Carolina

Oct. 3 - Iowa State

Oct. 10 - at Kansas State

Oct. 17 - Oklahoma State

Oct. 24 - at West Virginia

Oct. 31 - bye week

Nov. 7 - Texas

Nov. 14 - at Texas Tech

Nov. 21 - at Oklahoma

Nov. 28 - TCU

Comments

Fred Lucky 3 weeks, 4 days ago

I simply do not understand why the Big 12 cannot place the KU K-State game the last weekend of the schedule. It seems logical to me to make this a true rivalry game similar to the KU Mizzu game in the past. To end the season this year agains Baylor and next year against TCU makes no sense to any of these teams.

Michael Maris 3 weeks, 4 days ago

Good question. Maybe, the powers that be in Manhattan and Lawrence, Kansas don't want this game played on that weekend (I don't know).

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