Wednesday, December 1, 2021

KU football’s 2022 schedule finalized

Kansas head coach Lance Leipold leads his team onto the field before an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas head coach Lance Leipold leads his team onto the field before an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


The calendar for Lance Leipold’s second season coaching the Kansas football team is now set. The Big 12 announced Wednesday dates for all conference games in 2022, making the Jayhawks’ complete schedule official.

As it turns out, KU will play in the Big 12’s opening game next year, with a Sept. 2 road matchup with West Virginia serving as the only league game being played in Week 2. It marks the earliest KU has played a conference game since Aug. 31, 2002, when the Jayhawks kicked off their season at Iowa State.

On the weekend of the first full slate of Big 12 games in 2022, KU will play its conference home opener against Iowa State, on Oct. 1, at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.

The Jayhawks get one more home game — Oct. 8 versus TCU — before playing consecutive road games at Oklahoma and Baylor.

After closing out the month of October with a bye week, KU’s home stretch for 2022 will feature alternating home and away dates. The last third of the season begins at home on Nov. 5, when Oklahoma State will visit Lawrence. From there, the Jayhawks travel to Texas Tech, face Texas at home, and then finish the season with a rivalry road matchup versus Kansas State.

The Sunflower Showdown in Manhattan to close the schedule will mark the first time since 2018 that the two rivals square off to finish the year.

The Jayhawks will have four Big 12 home dates and five conference games on the road next year — the reverse of the 2021 schedule breakdown.

During the nonconference portion of the schedule in 2022, KU will open its season versus an FCS opponent, Tennessee Tech, at home on Sept. 3.

After the early road trip to WVU, the Jayhawks will be on the road again for a Sept. 17 matchup with Houston. In the nonconference finale, Duke will visit Lawrence on Sept. 24.

Kickoff times and TV and streaming details for KU’s full schedule have not yet been announced.

The Big 12 calendar is set to feature a 10-team, nine-game, round robin format for the 12th consecutive season. Of course, that could potentially change if Texas and Oklahoma somehow find a feasible way to exit for the SEC early.

The 2022 Big 12 Championship Game is scheduled for Dec. 3 at AT & T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Kansas football 2022 schedule

Sept. 3 - Tennessee Tech

Sept. 10 - at West Virginia

Sept. 17 - at Houston

Sept. 24 - Duke

Oct. 1 - Iowa State

Oct. 8 - TCU

Oct. 15 - at Oklahoma

Oct. 22 - at Baylor

Nov. 5 - Oklahoma State

Nov. 12 - at Texas Tech

Nov. 19 - Texas

Nov. 26 - at Kansas State


Brett McCabe 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Texas and Oklahoma should be searching for ways to return. They are both going to get blasted weekly if they play in the SEC next year. Nimrods. With Kelly joining LSU, OU and UT may have the two worst coaches in that conference next year. Welcome to irrelevancy!

Dale Rogers 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Plus OU is losing their 5-star commits. The QB already decommitted and some others, too. A good friend is a USC alum. He is rather giddy at the moment. He has been moaning about Helton (previous USC HC) for years.

Dale Rogers 8 months, 2 weeks ago

I was hoping that with our rebuild situation we'd be able to play all three non-con games BEFORE having to play a conference game.

Andy Godwin 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Who is creating this schedule? Seems to be quite unfavorable for a team rebuilding. At Houston - why? Houston was 8-0 in conference and 11-1 overall in 2021. They finished on a 11 game winning streak. KU need 3 winnable non-conference games before starting the rather difficult Big 12 schedule. Very poorly designed.

Glen Miller 8 months, 2 weeks ago

I see what you're saying, but what does playing 3 crap teams really do for us? It doesn't prepare you for Big 12 play and it's a mirage to fans who "think" we're turning a corner. Then we go into Big 12 play and get mud stomped because we aren't ready and nobody comes to the games the second half of the season and a new coach gets hired. It's a vicious cycle that we need to get out of. Just my opinion.

Len Shaffer 8 months, 2 weeks ago

I think you're right, Glen, and it evokes the women's basketball team, which always plays well in their non-conference games and then gets destroyed in the Big XII.

Andy Godwin 8 months, 2 weeks ago

I respectfully disagree. In football you need to win all of your non-conference games and then pick up at least 3 conference games just to become bowl eligible. Although KU is highly unlikely to win 6 games next year (my guess is the over under Vegas line might be 1 or 2 wins next season), any win (remember that KU has struggled for years to win their home openers against FCS teams) is a positive for the program in a total rebuilding mode. They have not been competitive against Duke and Houston looks to be on sound footing as they get ready to join the Big 12. For now a win is a win, even if it is a mirage prior to Big 12 play. I am sure coach Leipold is asking the same questions, but will take the challenge head on. Rock Chalk.

John Strayer 8 months, 2 weeks ago

They don't have to be crap...or total cupcakes...just 3 winnable games...preferably all at home. But Houston seems like a very tall order for this KU team right now. Especially when you're going to start playing them each year in conference in 2 to 3 years.

Bob Zielinski 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Houston will be a good test. We played Coastal Carolina very tight for 3 quarters, hung in until the last minute against OU, beat Texas. There is a big upside if we can win against Houston, more upside than trying to get 3 fairly weak W's in the non-con.

Len Shaffer 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Benton, your article says the WVU game is on 9/2, when it should say 9/10.

David Robinett 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Because folks only remember your record, that's why. Plus as a long suffering fan, I'd like to see some W's too.

Agree - Houston - why?????????

Dale Rogers 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Same here, so we're on the same plane as all those other teams who schedule cupcake teams for those noncon games. That is supposed to be a time for tuning. For seeing what combinations actually work on the field as opposed to practice. Plus, in a rebuild, getting the team off on a good foot is good for self-confidence. Who put this schedule together?

Doug Roberts 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Remember, football schedules are made YEARS in advance. Houston may have been a cupcake when they were scheduled, or a decent team for a good win.

Still, I wish we had the cash flow to buy our way our of that game and schedule an easier opponent.

"Easier" opponents create confidence, wins, and fan enthusiasm. Three components this program desperately needs to be successful and generate REVENUE.

Doug Roberts 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Also, when have we EVER absolutely destroyed all non conference opponents?

Jim Stauffer 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Schedule complaints are legit. But our fears emanate from experience with past coaches. We will be better equipped to deal with the schedule with this staff.

Rodney Crain 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Love the schedule. You do not improve playing cupcakes. I trust in Coach L.!

Jeff Coffman 8 months, 2 weeks ago

OU and UT are still on the schedule?

OU will be fine...for every recruit they lose two or three are waiting. Lincoln Riley was an offensive mind that struggled to get a sustainable defense. I actually think their coaching situation will improve.

Texas lost to Kansas they wont be good in the SEC.

Dirk Medema 8 months, 2 weeks ago

If we beat ut, it might hasten their departure as a program as it has for coaches in the past. 😉

Dirk Medema 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Doug is accurate. I believe the Duke series even goes back to the Mangino era.

I believe the scheduling concept also goes back to the response to the Snyder/cupcake schedules. A time when we weren’t in the bottom 10. It includes an FCS warmup, a P5, and a non-P5. I don’t think anyone was planning on CCU being a 1-loss team. Houston has been building for a while; since the coach that went to WVU got the 5* DL to commit.

Ultimately, maybe we need a culture change as much as the team does. Glad Coach Leipold is leading the way.

Dirk Medema 8 months, 2 weeks ago

With Kelly joining LSU, ou&ut look more like all the other departures V3.0. I just hope Coach Fickle stays at Cincinnati to bring them into the Big-whatever’s left. ND can have Campbell instead. Could be a wild reshuffling.

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