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KU football to kick off 2022 season on a Friday

Kansas head coach Lance Leipold and the Jayhawks take the field for kickoff against South Dakota on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021 at Memorial Stadium. (Photo by Nick Krug/Special to the Journal-World)

Whether it will become a new Kansas football tradition remains to be seen, but for the second straight season the Jayhawks will kick off their schedule with a Friday night home opener in 2022.

KU announced this week that Lance Leipold’s second season as head coach will begin one day earlier than previously scheduled. Originally slated for the first Saturday in September of next year, KU’s opener versus Tennessee Tech got bumped up a day, to Friday, Sept. 2.

Kickoff currently is set for 7 p.m. Television and streaming plans for the 2022 schedule have not yet been announced.

Just like they did in Leipold’s debut season at KU in 2021, next fall will begin with the Jayhawks welcoming an FCS opponent to David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.

In 2021, the Jayhawks defeated South Dakota, 17-14, on the first Friday in September. That marked the program’s first Friday opener since 1944, when the Jayhawks faced Washburn.

KU actually played on back-to-back Fridays this past season, following up the home win over South Dakota with a 49-22 road loss at Coastal Carolina.

Tennessee Tech finished 3-8 in 2021. In the Golden Eagles’ lone matchup with a Power Five program, they lost 56-0 at Tennessee.

Kansas football 2022 schedule

Sept. 2 - Tennessee Tech, 7 p.m.

Sept. 10 - at West Virginia

Sept. 17 - at Houston

Sept. 24 - Duke

Oct. 1 - Iowa State

Oct. 8 - TCU

Oct. 15 - at Oklahoma

Oct. 22 - at Baylor

Nov. 5 - Oklahoma State

Nov. 12 - at Texas Tech

Nov. 19 - Texas

Nov. 26 - at Kansas State


Brett McCabe

A 2-2 start would be miraculous.

I hope that Goff gets on top of the schedule going forward. KU has inherent disadvantages that are forever: location, population and a split state for recruiting with another P5 program. Tom Osborne and Bill Snyder both recognized their disadvantages and scheduled accordingly.

We need 3 winnable games in the non con EVERY SINGLE YEAR, FOREVER. Let’s start doing smart things and quit doing stupid things. Just to see if it might help.

7 months, 3 weeks ago


Dale Rogers

Agree. Houston was 11-2 this season and we play at their place next year. Not a good non-con game for us. The rest of P5 schedules teams they can beat for noncon. We should, too.

7 months, 3 weeks ago


Dirk Medema

I've never seen Tom Osborne mentioned in these discussions though Snyder was the author of the cupcake schedule, and was ripped for it. It led to other major programs scheduling 1 out of conference game against another P5 program. OU@tOSU is the one that comes to mind from last year. It stinks that ours have become some of the top non-P5 programs. Ultimately, we just need to play better. After being clobbered by Duke, they stumbled through the rest of their schedule badly enough that their long successful coach resigned.

Duke will once again be a barometer game. A chance to see if/how much we've improved since 2021. Duke is among the bottom P5 programs at this point. Is the bottom of the barrel in sight? The last 3 games would seem to indicate that we've at least reached the back of the pack.


a 1-3 start shows no progress from 2021

a 2-2 start shows some progress (we only lost by 6 to WVU)

a 3-1 start would be fabulous (We lost by 19 to Duke last year, but that was at the very beginning of the year. Most people thought we were much better by the end of the year.)

a 4-0 start would be miraculous

7 months, 3 weeks ago


Kenneth Johnson

Colleges shouldn't play on Fridays. That's the day High Schools play and Colleges shouldn't steal their thunder.

7 months, 3 weeks ago


Charlie Gaughn

This is a bad idea from several perspectives. There are nine weeks to evaluate local high school talent on Friday nights. We should have staff and coaches at those games building relationships with players and coaches. Parents that have kids playing, cheering, or in the marching band will attend the high school games rather than KU/Tennessee Tech. High school players interested in the program will not be able to attend the game.

This decision was very "Zenger Like".

7 months, 3 weeks ago


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