KU football, Big 12 finalize Jayhawks' 2021 schedule

Matt Galloway
Topeka Capital-Journal
Kansas football coach Les Miles and the Jayhawks will look to break a 13-game losing streak when they play host to South Dakota on Sept. 4 in Lawrence. KU's upcoming 2021 schedule was finalized Thursday.

LAWRENCE — Kansas football now knows the road it faces if the program is to break what by September will become a nearly two-year-long losing skid.

The Jayhawks’ upcoming 2021 schedule was finalized Thursday afternoon when the Big 12 released the conference slates for each of its 10 institutions. Those nine matchups, combined with KU's three nonconference tilts, make up the 12 opportunities third-year head coach Les Miles will have to break what has become a 13-game losing streak — the team’s last victory came on Oct. 26, 2019.

KU's first, and arguably its best, crack at snapping the skid will come in a Sept. 4 matchup with South Dakota in Lawrence — the FBS-level Coyotes are set to begin their rescheduled nine-game spring season on Feb. 27. The Jayhawks will then travel to Conway, S.C., for a Sept. 11 contest against Coastal Carolina, which has earned victories over Miles' squad in each of the last two seasons.

A Big 12 opener against Baylor on Sept. 18 in Lawrence will follow, with a Sept. 25 nonconference finale against Duke in Durham, N.C., after that — the Jayhawks are 1-1 all-time against the Blue Devils. KU will remain on the road for an Oct. 2 game against Iowa State in Ames, Iowa, with an open week then preceding back-to-back home matchups with Texas Tech (Oct. 16) and Oklahoma (Oct. 23). The Jayhawks' last victory came at home against the Red Raiders, 37-34.

After an Oct. 30 meeting with Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla., KU will play host to a Sunflower Showdown with Kansas State on Nov. 6 in Lawrence — the Wildcats have won 11 straight contests in the in-state rivalry. Consecutive road games against Texas (Nov. 13) and TCU (Nov. 20) will set the table for a Nov. 27 season finale against West Virginia at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.

The Jayhawks went 0-9 in their abbreviated 2020 season.