Kansas football: Breaking down the 2020 non-conference schedule

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Kansas football’s non-conference schedule in 2020 will be interesting.

To find a season where Kansas football started 3-0 after winning on their non-conference games, you’d have to go all the way back to 2009. It’s an embarrassing stat, considering power-five teams all over the country start 3-0 every season, halfway to a bowl game.

In Les Miles’ first season last year, the Jayhawks finished 2-1 with wins over Indiana State and Boston College and a loss to Coastal Carolina. The loss at home to Coastal Carolina was one of the lowest points of the season. The Jayhawks dropped the game 12-7, and the fact that Kansas couldn’t put up more than one touchdown vs. a team from the Sun Belt Conference was a real problem.

Kansas football rebounded the following week in a big way on the road against Boston College. The Jayhawks blew out the Eagles 48-24, earning their first power-five road win in over a decade. It was the most important win of the season for Kansas, and also the most impressive.

READ MORE: Top five wins of the decade for the Jayhawks

In 2020, the Jayhawks have a real chance to start the season 3-0 for the first time in over a decade. The first four games of the year are in a slightly different order though.

Traditionally, the non-conference schedule is played as the first three or four games of the season; however, the order will be slightly changed in 2020.

September 5: New Hampshire – Colonial Athletic Association (FCS)
September 12: @ Baylor – Big 12
September 19: Boston College – ACC
September 26: @ Coastal Carolina – Sun Belt Conference

Rather than playing three straight non-conference games, Kansas will play Baylor in the second game of the season which should be interesting given Matt Rhule’s departure.

Kansas football doesn’t have to go 3-0 in their non-conference games, but it’d be huge if they did. Here’s what you need to know about the Jayhawks’ non-conference schedule broken down by every game.

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