1987 Kansas Jayhawks football team represented the University of Kansas in the Big Eight Conference during the 1987 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their second and final season under head coach Bob Valesente, the Jayhawks compiled a 1–9–1 record (0–6–1 against conference opponents), finished in seventh place in the conference, and were outscored by opponents by a combined total of 398 to 135.  They played their home games at  Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas.
The team's statistical leaders included Kelly Donohoe with 981 passing yards, Arnold Snell with 691 rushing yards, and Willie Vaughn with 672 receiving yards.
Team captains were selected game by game. 
Date Opponent Site Result
September 12 at No. 4 Auburn * L 0–49
September 19 Kent State * L 17–31
September 26 Louisiana Tech * Memorial Stadium Lawrence, KS L 11–16
October 3 Southern Illinois * Memorial Stadium Lawrence, KS W 16–15
October 10 at No. 2 Nebraska L 2–54
October 17 at Colorado L 10–35
October 24 Iowa State Memorial Stadium Lawrence, KS L 28–42
October 31 No. 1 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium Lawrence, KS L 10–71
November 7 at Kansas State T 17–17
November 14 No. 17 Oklahoma State Memorial Stadium Lawrence, KS L 17–49
November 21 at Missouri L 7–19 *Non-conference game Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game