Kansas football will take it light with its 2018 nonconference schedule.
No one can blame coach David Beaty’s program for trying to rack up a few wins in non-Big 12 action.
The Jayhawks’ 2018 nonconference schedule ranks as the third-weakest in the country, however, according to ESPN’s Chris Low.
Given that Kansas has won a total of three games in the past three seasons, it’s probably a little much to be picking on whom the Jayhawks play out of conference. After all, they’ve managed only three conference wins in the past seven seasons.
Still, the triumvirate of Nicholls State, Central Michigan and Rutgers to open the season isn’t exactly a grind by any standard, although playing on the road at Central Michigan could prove tricky.
Kansas hasn’t won more than 3 games in a single season this decade and the Jayhawks haven’t had a winning season since 2008.
So, a weak nonconference schedule might be for the best.
Kansas’ only win last season came against FCS foe Southeast Missouri State. It’s next closest margin to a win was a 10-point loss to Kansas State.
The Jayhawks should beat Nicholls State, but Central Michigan and Rutgers could easily be losses.
Rutgers went 4-8 last season, but it still managed to beat the likes of Illinois, Purdue and Maryland.
Central Michigan, on the other hand, went 8-5 in 2017. The Chippewas beat the Jayhawks 45-27 in Lawrence, Kan., and also won five-consecutive games to close its regular-season schedule.
2018 Kansas football schedule
Sept. 1 vs. Nicholls State, 6 p.m. CT
Sept. 8 at Central Michigan, 2 p.m. CT
Sept. 15 vs. Rutgers, 11 a.m. CT
Sept. 22 at Baylor, TBA
Sept. 29 vs. Oklahoma State, TBA
Oct. 6 at West Virginia, TBA
Oct. 20 at Texas Tech, TBA
Oct. 27 vs. TCU, TBA
Nov. 3 vs. Iowa State, TBA
Nov. 10 at Kansas State, TBA
Nov. 17 at Oklahoma, TBA
Nov. 23 vs. Texas, 11 a.m. CT