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.
2016 Jayhawks Season Preview
Kansas football had another tough year in 2014, but were able to pull out their first Big 12 win in years. The win has Kansas optimistic coming into the 2015 season. The Jayhawks will rely on Montell Cozart to take over under center, while senior running back De’Andre Mann should see plenty of carries. The key for Kansas in 2015, will be avoiding the costly turnovers that have plagued them the last 3 seasons. If Kansas can do a better job of protecting the football, they have a chance to win multiple Big 12 games in 2015. Look for Kansas to target games at Iowa State, at Texas, as well as home games against Texas Tech, and Kansas State.
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.
One of the Kansas Jayhawks biggest football rivals since the creation of the Big 12, has been the Texas Longhorns. The Longhorns and Jayhawks first met on the football field in 1901, with Kansas shutting out Texas. The Jayhawks would win the series first two games, before entering into an era of near misses. In 2004, the Jayhawks came close to upsetting the highly ranked Longhorns in Lawrence, falling 27-23 after a controversial pass interference call kept Texas alive.
Kansas in the CFP 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.