Texas will make its first football appearance in Lawrence since 1938 when the Big 12 Conference begins play in 1996.
Texas, Texas Tech and Oklahoma are the three schools from the Southern Division that Kansas will meet along with the five schools from its own division during the 1996 and 1997 seasons.
The conference announced a tentative 12-year football schedule on Wednesday in Dallas. Each team will play four home games and four away games in the conference schedule -- five division and three non-division. The non-divisional opponents are rotated every two years.
In 1998 and 1999, Kansas will play Baylor, Texas A&M; and Oklahoma State from the South.
Oklahoma's absence from the KU schedule those two years will end the longest continuous rivalry in NCAA football. OU and KU have met every year since 1903. Saturday's game at Memorial Stadium will be the 92nd straight between the Jayhawks and Sooners.
While Kansas and Oklahoma have played 91 times, KU and Texas have only two previous meetings -- in 1901 and 1938. Kansas won both. Kansas has met Texas Tech just four times, the last in 1970, and has never defeated the Red Raiders.
Only the rotation was determined at Wednesday's meetings. Dates aren't expected to be finalized until early next year.
With eight conference games each year, Big 12 schools will have only three non-conference dates available and only one of those can be a road game in order to have a six-game home schedule.
Kansas' future schedules show two non-conference road trips -- to TCU and Utah -- in 1996 and no home games. In '97, the Jayhawks have four non-conference games -- Nevada-Las Vegas, TCU, Cincinnati and Utah. Only Cincinnati is a road game.
Richard Konzem, KU's assistant athletic director in charge of scheduling, said it's a possibility the Jayhawks will drop the series with Utah since the Western Athletic Conference is also expanding.
Dropping Utah would solve the '97 scheduling problem, but would still leave the Jayhawks needing two non-conference home foes in '96.
Next year's Kansas schedule -- the last before the inception of the Big 12 -- is official except for one date. Kansas is hoping to play North Texas on Sept. 9, 1995, in Denton, but that's contingent on North Texas earning NCAA Div. I-A status. The Eagles, now in Div. I-AA, have applied for re-classification.
Notable on the '95 schedule is a change in the traditional Kansas-Missouri finale. KU and MU will meet on Nov. 4 in Lawrence, two weeks before the season ends. KU's last regular season game in '95 will be on Nov. 18 at Oklahoma State.
Here is KU's 1995 schedule:
Sept. 2 -- Cincinnati.
Sept. 9 -- at North Texas (tentative).
Sept. 16 -- TCU (Family Day).
Sept. 23 -- Houston (Band Day).
Sept. 30 -- Open.
Oct. 7 -- at Colorado.
Oct. 14 -- Iowa State (Homecoming).
Oct. 21 -- at Oklahoma
Oct. 28 -- at Kansas State
Nov. 4 -- Missouri
Nov. 11 -- Nebraska
Nov. 18 -- at Oklahoma State
Here are the Kansas home and away football schedules for the first four years of Big 12 Conference play.
Home -- Texas, Texas Tech, Colorado, Kansas State.
Away -- Oklahoma, Iowa State, Nebraska, Missouri.
Home -- Oklahoma, Iowa State, Nebraska, Missouri.
Away -- Texas, Texas Tech, Colorado, Kansas State.
Home -- Texas A&M;, Oklahoma State, Colorado, Kansas State.
Away -- Baylor, Iowa State, Nebraska, Missouri.
Home -- Baylor, Iowa State, Nebraska, Missouri.
Away -- Texas A&M;, Oklahoma State, Colorado, Kansas State.