The Kansas Jayhawks play in the very competitive Big 12 conference and have a history rich in talent and rivalries. Legendary stars Gale Sayers, John Riggins, and Dana Stubblefield are among the talented players to have donned the Crimson and Blue. First fielding a football team in 1890, Kansas' main rival is Missouri, playing the yearly Border Showdown, the longest played college rivalry west of the Mississippi River. Their in-state rivals the Kansas State Wildcats give them a tough game every year in the Sunflower Showdown, playing for the Governor's Cup. Playing Nebraska every year has also become a rivalry for the Jayhawks. A game played annually since 1905, the Nebraska-Kansas game is the third most played game in college football. While Nebraska has historically dominated this game, Kansas has recently begun to gain the upper hand, winning in 2005 and breaking Nebraska's 36-game winning streak. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Kansas Jayhawks football tickets.
2013 Kansas Season Preview
The saying “it can only get better from here” applies to the Kansas Jayhawks. The Jayhawks finished near the bottom in nearly every statistical category and managed to win only one game in 2012. However, as Charlie Weis enters his second season as the head coach, the Jayhawks do feel the future is bright. Kansas can build off that they lost five games by a touchdown or less and a recruiting class that has brought 17 JUCO transfers that can make an immediate impact. The defense has been rebuilt with many of the JUCO transfers and should be more competitive because of it. The offense will rely heavily on the ground game and senior James Sims. Sims averaged 4.6 yards per carry to go along with his 9 touchdowns. Weis hopes the hard work in the recruiting game will play dividends when Oklahoma, Baylor, and West Virginia visit Lawrence this season.
Check out our Kansas Jayhawks Season Preview History page for previews of previous Jayhawks seasons.
Kansas Jayhawks Football at Memorial Stadium Address: 1017 W 11th St, Lawrence, Kansas, 66044
The Kansas Jayhawks play their home games at the University of Kansas Memorial Stadium. The seventh oldest college field in the nation and the first to be built west of the Mississippi, Memorial Stadium holds just over 50,000 spectators. A game at Memorial Stadium has become a fearsome experience for visiting teams. The Kansas Jayhawks home bench is on the Memorial Stadium sideline with sections 1-10. Memorial Stadium parking information is covered in our Jayhawks event guide.
Kansas vs. Kansas State
Known as the Sunflower Showdown (for obvious reasons), this game has happened every single year since 1911 – the third-longest uninterrupted series in college football history. K-State has proved to be the victor more often than not since the 90s, but the Wildcats still have some catching up to do to takeover the all-time series, as Kansas won 17 of the first 20 meetings between the two.
Kansas vs. Mizzou
The rivalry game between the Jayhawks and Tigers is known as the Border War, and thus it’s played in Kansas City, which is carved in half at the Kansas and Missouri state line. Both of these schools and their fans can’t stand losing against the other, and for a while they won’t have the opportunity as Mizzou bolted for the SEC.
Kansas in the BCS National Championship and Bowl Games
The Kansas Jayhawks, who compete in the Big 12, are one of the oldest teams in college football history dating back to 1890. Their 6-6-bowl record is solid but if they’ll want to be considered a college football great they will have to get a Big 12 Conference Championship on their score sheet. Ticketcity offers tickets to all college football bowl games and the Big 12 Conference Championship Game.
Kansas Jayhawks Event Guide
When do the gates open prior to a Kansas home football game?
Gates open 1.5 hours prior to kickoff.
Where’s a good place to stay close to Memorial Stadium in Lawrence?
The Holiday Inn and Comfort Inn are both less than 1.5 miles away from the stadium and offer good amenities.
Where is the best place to eat in Lawrence before a Kansas football game?
Milton’s is the only place you need to consider for breakfast. Free State Brewing Company is, of course, a great place for a craft beer – but the food is great too. Don’t let it make you skip out on the bars on Mass St. though, doing the Bull-Hawk-Wheel bar tour is a must when in Lawrence for a football game.
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Rock Chalk Party on the KU HILL If you have not completed that 2011 College Football Bucket List...a must is to PARTY ON THE KANSAS UNIVERSITY HILL. What is so beautiful about the KU football field it's down in a valley. Approach from the East KU UNION you can looks for ever the beautiful park like setting plus the NEW practice fields along with dressing rooms and coaches offices. Next approach from the West, more trees as you look down in the valley plus a pond giving that feel of a very very relaxing day under the college football sky. Its know under why on a students first visit they just fall in LOVE with the Beautiful Campus of Kansas University. July 24, 2011