With the news of a final settlement between West Virginia and the Big East, the Kansas football schedule for 2012 is no finalized. Kansas will again play a three game non-conference schedule followed by a nine game conference schedule.
Kansas will open the season with 1AA South Dakota State before hosting Rice and making the return trip to Northern Illinois as part of the home and home agreement with the Huskies.
During league play the Jayhawks will open by hosting new conference member TCU and close out the season on the road against West Virginia who will take the place of the Missouri game. Kansas will also host Oklahoma State, Texas and Iowa State while traveling to Kansas State, Texas Tech, Baylor and Oklahoma. That means this year the Jayhawks will have six home games with five road games in the league and four home Big 12 games to go along with the two non-cons.
How does this compare to last year's difficult schedule? Probably pretty similar in all reality. Kansas will need a strong showing, ideally a 3-0 start in the non-conference if they want to vie for a bowl birth. Home games against TCU and Iowa State become important as well.