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2018 Kansas Jayhawks football
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
2018 record3–9 (1–8 Big 12)
Head coachDavid Beaty (4th season)
Offensive coordinatorDoug Meacham (2nd season, fired 10/10)
David Beaty (interim)
Defensive coordinatorClint Bowen (5th season)
Home stadiumDavid Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 50,071)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →

Template:2018 Big 12 football standings The 2018 Kansas Jayhawks football team represented the University of Kansas in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It was the Jayhawks 129th season. The Jayhawks were led by fourth-year head coach David Beaty. They were members of the Big 12 Conference. They played their games at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, formally Memorial Stadium. The stadium was renamed following the Jayhawks 2017 season in December 2017 after a $50 million renovation was completed that was donated by Kansas alumnus David Booth.[1]

The Jayhawks ended multiple losing streaks during the season, the longest being a 46 game road losing streak which ended with a 31–7 win over Central Michigan. The win also ended a 12 game losing streak against FBS opponents.[2] With a 27–26 win over TCU, KU ended a 10 game losing streak against Big 12 teams. With back–to–back wins over Central Michigan and Rutgers, Kansas earned back-to-back wins against any opponent for the first time since 2011 and their first back-to-back wins over FBS opponents since 2009.[3] Two other major losing streaks were still active at the end of the season, they have lost 44 consecutive road games in the Big 12 as well as 30 consecutive losses against teams ranked in the AP Poll. Following their 7th loss of the season to Kansas State, the Jayhawks became ineligible for a bowl game for the 10th consecutive season.

On November 5, Kansas athletic director Jeff Long announced that Beaty will not be retained as head coach but he was able to finish the season and was officially fired at the end of the season.[4]

All-conference players lostEdit

Position Player 1st/2nd/HM Reason
TE Ben Johnson 2nd Graduation
DL Dorance Armstrong Jr. 2nd Entered NFL Draft

Returning all-conference playersEdit

Position Player Year 1st/2nd/HM
DL Daniel Wise Sr. 1st
OL Hakeem Adeniji Jr. HM
WR/KR/PR Steven Sims Jr. Sr. HM
DB Bryce Torneden Jr. HM
K Gabriel Rui Sr. HM

PreseasonEdit

Big 12 media pollEdit

The Big 12 media poll was released on July 12, 2018 with the Jayhawks predicted to finish in last place receiving all last place votes.[5]

Media poll
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Oklahoma 509 (46)
2 West Virginia 432 (2)
3 TCU 390 (1)
4 Texas 370 (1)
5 Oklahoma State 300
6 Kansas State 283 (2)
7 Iowa State 250
8 Texas Tech 149
9 Baylor 125
10 Kansas 52

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 16:00 p.m.No. 18 (FCS) Nicholls*Jayhawk TVL 23–26 OT24,305
September 82:00 p.m.at Central Michigan*ESPN+W 31–718,127
September 1511:00 a.m.Rutgers*
  • David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
FSNW 55–1428,044
September 222:30 p.m.at BaylorFS1L 7–2636,725
September 2911:00 a.m.Oklahoma Statedagger
  • David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
FSNL 28–4818,364
October 611:00 a.m.at No. 9 West VirginiaESPN2L 22–3857,419
October 202:30 p.m.at Texas TechFS1L 16–4854,402
October 272:00 p.m.TCU
  • David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
FS1W 27–2615,069
November 311:00 a.m.Iowa State
  • David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
FSNL 3–2715,543
November 1011:00 a.m.at Kansas StateFSNL 17–2150,062
November 176:30 p.m.at No. 6 OklahomaFOXL 40–5586,371
November 2311:00 a.m.No. 11 Texas
  • David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium
  • Lawrence, KS
FS1L 17–2415,219
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time
Source:[6]

Game summariesEdit

NichollsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 18 (FCS) Colonels 7 3 7 3 26
Jayhawks 7 3 0 10 23



Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting


at Central MichiganEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Jayhawks 0 7 14 10 31
Chippewas 0 0 7 0 7



Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 2017 L 27–45


RutgersEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Scarlet Knights 7 7 0 0 14
Jayhawks 17 14 10 14 55



Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 2015 L 14–27


at BaylorEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Jayhawks 0 0 7 0 7
Bears 7 16 3 0 26



Overall record Last meeting Result
4–13 2017 L 9–38


Oklahoma StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 14 10 10 14 48
Jayhawks 0 7 7 14 28



Overall record Last meeting Result
29–36–3 2017 L 17–58


at West VirginiaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Jayhawks 7 0 7 8 22
No. 9 Mountaineers 14 7 7 10 38



Overall record Last meeting Result
1–6 2017 L 34–56


at Texas TechEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Jayhawks 3 0 6 7 16
Red Raiders 3 21 3 21 48



Overall record Last meeting Result
1–18 2017 L 19–65


TCUEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Horned Frogs 0 10 7 9 26
Jayhawks 7 0 10 10 27



Overall record Last meeting Result
8–22–4 2017 L 0–43


Iowa StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cyclones 14 6 7 0 27
Jayhawks 0 3 0 0 3



Overall record Last meeting Result
50–41–6 2017 L 0–45


at Kansas StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Jayhawks 0 3 7 7 17
Wildcats 0 0 14 7 21



Overall record Last meeting Result
65–45–5 2017 L 20–30


at OklahomaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Jayhawks 7 3 7 23 40
No. 6 Sooners 7 14 14 20 55



Overall record Last meeting Result
27–75–6 2017 L 3–41


TexasEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 11 Longhorns 7 0 14 3 24
Jayhawks 0 0 0 17 17



Overall record Last meeting Result
3–14 2017 L 27–42


ReferencesEdit

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