It's never to early to start looking ahead to the post Reesing era and I have to say it would appear as if our non-conference schedule is once again being stepped up a notch. I'd be interested in everyone's thoughts on the Georgia Tech matchup specifically, good idea or bad...
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Kansas football will host three non-conference games, including a matchup with Georgia Tech, as part of the 2010 Jayhawk Football schedule announced on Wednesday.
Kansas and Georgia Tech have agreed to a two-year series, opening in Lawrence, Kan. in 2010 and moving to Atlanta, Ga. in 2011.
The Jayhawks will open the 2010 season hosting North Dakota State on Sept. 4. KU will face Georgia Tech on Kivisto Field at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 11 before traveling to Hattiesburg, Miss. to play Southern Mississippi on Sept. 18. The Jayhawks will close out the non-conference season hosting New Mexico State on Sept. 25 before opening league play at Baylor on Oct. 2.
KU's Big 12 home games include Kansas State (Oct. 16), Texas A&M (Oct. 23), Colorado (Nov. 6), and Oklahoma State (Nov. 20). In addition to traveling to Baylor, KU will play at Iowa State (Oct. 30), at Nebraska (Nov. 13) and vs. Missouri at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City (Nov. 27).
More schedule breakdown after the jump....
KU will meet North Dakota State for the first time on the football field. NDSU was 6-5 as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference in 2008. The Bison played one game against a Football Bowl Series opponent last year, narrowly losing at Wyoming 16-13.
NDSU was 1-3 vs. ranked Football Championship Series schools in 2008.
Kansas and Georgia Tech have met just once. The Yellow Jackets edged KU 20-14 in the 1948 Orange Bowl, KU's first-ever bowl appearance.
Kansas most recently played an Atlantic Coast opponent in the 2008 Orange Bowl, when the Jayhawks defeated Virginia Tech 24-21. KU is slated to play ACC opponent Duke in Lawrence this fall.
Georgia Tech posted a 9-4 overall record last season, which included a 5-3 ACC record and a loss to LSU in the Chick-fil-A-Bowl. Kansas will make a trip to Georgia Tech on Sept. 17, 2011.
KU and Southern Mississippi will play in Lawrence in 2009 before meeting in Hattiesburg in 2010. The 2009 matchup, which will be televised nationally on FSN on Sept. 26 at 11 a.m. Central Time, will be the first between the two schools.
KU will close the non-conference portion of the 2010 campaign hosting New Mexico State. The Jayhawks and Aggies - from the Western Athletic Conference - have each won one game in the series.
NMSU posted a 42-29 win in 1988 before Kansas registered a 54-14 victory in 1991. Both previous games were played in Lawrence. KU has not played a WAC team since beating Louisiana Tech 34-14 in 2005.
The Big 12 rotation changes in 2010 as Kansas will face South Division opponents Baylor, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State for the first time since 2007. That year the Jayhawks swept that trio en route to a 12-1 overall record and 7-1 mark in Big 12 play.
2010 Kansas Football Schedule
Sept. 4 NORTH DAKOTA STATE
Sept. 11 GEORGIA TECH
Sept. 18 at Southern Mississippi
Sept. 25 NEW MEXICO STATE
Oct. 2 *at Baylor
Oct. 16 *KANSAS STATE
Oct. 23 *TEXAS A&M
Oct. 30 *at Iowa State
Nov. 6 *COLORADO
Nov. 13 *at Nebraska
Nov. 20 *OKLAHOMA STATE
Nov. 27 *vs. Missouri (at Kansas City)
Home games in ALL CAPS
* - Big 12 Conference game