Kansas will face the most difficult schedule in the Big 12 and one of the toughest schedules in the country next season, as if life wasn’t tough enough on the Jayhawks.
Kansas has the No. 20-ranked schedule in the FBS in 2018, according NCAA opponent records from last year compiled by Phil Steele. The Jayhawks’ 2018 opponents won 58.1 percent of their games in 2017, the highest mark of any schedule in the Big 12 this season.
Here’s the 2018 Kansas Jayhawks football schedule, with each team’s record from last year.
- vs. Nicholls State (8-4)
- at Central Michigan (8-5)
- vs. Rutgers (4-8)
- at Baylor (1-11)
- vs. Oklahoma State (10-3)
- at West Virginia (7-6)
- at Texas Tech (6-7)
- vs. TCU (11-3)
- vs. Iowa State (8-5)
- at Kansas State (8-5)
- at Oklahoma (12-2)
- vs. Texas (7-6)
It should be noted that winning percentages from last year aren’t the best predictor of how good Kansas’ opponents will be in 2018. Many teams in the Big 12 are dealing with major roster turnover and quarterback changes.
However, they will also face 10 teams that were bowl-eligible last season, which is tied for the most in all of college football. Nine of those teams finished with winning records, and three won 10 games or more. The Jayhawks also face Central Michigan, which went 8-5 last year, in nonconference play. Even their FCS opponent, Nicholls State, was pretty good.
That’s a tough road for a team that has won three games in the last three years and has a segment of its fan base campaigning to fire its athletic director because of futility on the football field.
Kansas opens up its daunting 2018 schedule at home against Nicholls State on Sept. 1.
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