1985 Kansas Jayhawks football team represented the University of Kansas in the Big Eight Conference during the 1985 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their third and final season under head coach Mike Gottfried, the Jayhawks compiled a 6–6 record (2–5 against conference opponents), finished in sixth place in the conference, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 294 to 281.  They played their home games at  Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas.
The team's statistical leaders included Mike Norseth with 2,995 passing yards, Lynn Williams with 373 rushing yards, and Richard Estell with 1,109 receiving yards.
Sylvester Byrd, Skip Peete, Willie Pless, and Mike Norseth were the team captains. 
Date Opponent Site Result
August 31 at Hawaii * W 33–27
September 14 Vanderbilt * W 42–16
September 21 Indiana State * Memorial Stadium Lawrence, KS W 37–10
September 28 at No. 4 Florida State * L 20–24
October 5 Eastern Illinois * Memorial Stadium Lawrence, KS W 44–20
October 12 at Iowa State L 21–22
October 19 Kansas State Memorial Stadium Lawrence, KS ( rivalry) W 38–7
October 26 No. 12 Oklahoma State Memorial Stadium Lawrence, KS L 10–17
November 2 at No. 9 Oklahoma L 6–48
November 9 Colorado Memorial Stadium Lawrence, KS L 3–14
November 16 at No. 2 Nebraska L 6–56
November 23 Missouri W 34–20 *Non-conference game Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game