Archive for Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Big 12 releases KU football schedule

February 15, 2012


While the rest of the Big 12 football world greeted Tuesday’s release of the 2012 conference football schedules with euphoria and a sigh of relief, at least one man in Lawrence refused to get worked up about the wait.

“For me, it’s not a problem because all the teams are going to be new to me,” Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis said at his introductory news conference in December. “Having West Virginia and TCU in here, that’s just who we play. No matter who is here, those nine games you have to play are all going to be new to me.”

Big deal or not, KU will play a big role in welcoming newcomers TCU and West Virginia into the Big 12 next season.

With West Virginia’s divorce from the Big East becoming official Tuesday morning, the Big 12 Conference was free to release its much anticipated football schedules for the 2012 college season. When the slates surfaced, the Jayhawks learned they would open and close the 2012 season with the two Big 12 newcomers. KU is scheduled to face TCU on Sept. 15 in Lawrence in the season’s first conference game, and it will play West Virginia in Morgantown, W.Va., on Dec. 1 in the regular-season finale.

The rest of Kansas’ Big 12 schedule includes home games against Oklahoma State (Oct. 13), Texas (Oct. 27) and Iowa State (Nov. 17), and road games at Kansas State (Oct. 6), Oklahoma (Oct. 20), Baylor (Nov. 3) and Texas Tech (Nov. 10).

Although Weis has plenty of time to prep and gameplan for every one of those conference foes, he took the KU job with a pretty good understanding of what he was getting into.

“I just know that this is a very competitive conference that has had nothing but good teams come out of it for many years,” Weis said. “It’s not just this year or last year. The thing is, we want to be one of them. We want to be one of those teams where you go, ‘Wow, what happened to Kansas?’”

KU’s schedule, which features two bye weeks (Sept. 29 and Nov. 24), also includes home dates with non-conference foes South Dakota State (Sept. 1) and Rice (Sept. 8), as well as a trip to Northern Illinois on Sept. 22.

Kickoff times have not yet been released.


Richard Payton 6 years, 4 months ago

Early pre-season polls show many Big 12 teams in the top 25 in football. Iowa State, Texas Tech and Kansas weren't listed in the early top 25 poll. With viewing that I would say Kansas University would be considered the underdogs in most every game they play. Kansas football players if you want respect then earn it.

DocPossum 6 years, 4 months ago

If you are going to be the best you have to play the best. KU won't be turned around overnight, but when opponents finish their games in 2012 they will know that they had their hands full!

Tyson Travis 6 years, 4 months ago

KU used to open with TCU every year as a non-conference oppenent in the 50s and 60s, they were tough and used to beat us most of the time. I drove to Ft Worth in the 90s to see us lay 52 points on them, think that's the last time we played. Glad to see an old rival back on the schedule, and it will also give us some recruiting appearances in the DFW area. Still can't figure why West Va. was accepted in the Big 12, they're neither a historic rival or in the local area, it will only increase travel expenses. Pardon me for being traditional, but I still think conferences should be regional.

Will Hamilton 6 years, 4 months ago

John Hadl's first game as KU QB - opened vs. TCU - went off right guard on QB sneak and scored a touchdown...from about 52 yards out. My brother and I were kids sitting in the student endzone seats, because they were cheaper than a baby sitter.

Bob Harvey 6 years, 4 months ago

Announced today 4 TCU players arrested for drug dealing. Pretty damning article on the program. A six month investigation. One recruit stating that he would not go to TCU because of all the drugs. According to the article there was a surprise drug test and 86 players tested positive. Nice addition to the B -12.

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