|1983 Kansas Jayhawks football|
|Conference||Big Eight Conference|
|1983 record||4–6–1 (2–5 Big 8)|
|Head coach||Mike Gottfried (1st season)|
|Captain||Mike Arbanas, Paul Fairchild, Frank Seurer, E. J. Jones, Eddie Simmons|
|Home stadium||Memorial Stadium|
|1983 Big 8 football standings|
|#2 Nebraska †||7||–||0||–||0||12||–||1||–||0|
|† – Conference champion |
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1983 Kansas Jayhawks football team represented the University of Kansas in the Big Eight Conference during the 1983 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their first season under head coach Mike Gottfried, the Jayhawks compiled a 4–6–1 record (2–5 against conference opponents), finished in seventh place in the conference, and were outscored by opponents by a combined total of 320 to 296. They played their home games at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas.
The Jayhawks upset 10th ranked USC in Los Angeles 26–20 in their only game against USC in school history.
The team's statistical leaders included Frank Seurer with 2,789 passing yards, Kerwin Bell with 498 rushing yards, and Bob Johnson with 1,154 receiving yards. Seurer, Mike Arbanas, Paul Fairchild, E. J. Jones, and Eddie Simmons were the team captains.
|September 3||Northern Illinois*||L 34–37|
|September 10||at TCU*||T 16–16|
|September 17||Wichita State*||W 57–6|
|September 24||at No. 10 USC*||W 26–20|
|October 8||at Iowa State||L 35–38|
|October 15||Kansas State||W 31–3|
|October 22||Oklahoma State||L 10–27|
|October 29||at No. 14 Oklahoma||L 14–45|
|November 5||Colorado||L 23–34|
|November 12||at No. 1 Nebraska||L 13–67|
|November 19||No. 19 Missouri||W 37–27|
- "1983 Kansas Jayhawks Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/kansas/1983-schedule.html. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
- 2017 Kansas Football Media Guide, p. 186.
- "1983 Kansas Jayhawks Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/kansas/1983.html. Retrieved September 20, 2017.