Lawrence, KS — Kansas football has announced its three non-conference games for the 2012 season, which includes home games against South Dakota State and Rice and a road game at Northern Illinois.
While the Big 12 Conference portion of the 2012 season has not been announced, the Jayhawks will open the year hosting South Dakota State on Sept. 1.
KU will then host Rice in the first of a two-game series on Sept. 8. The Jayhawks will play at Rice in 2013. On Sept. 22 KU will travel to Northern Illinois in a return game from when the Huskies visit Lawrence in 2011.
Kansas has played all three opponents in the past. The Jayhawks defeated South Dakota State 86-6 in 1947. The 80-point victory margin is second in history behind an 83-0 win against Washington (Mo.) in 1923.
Kansas defeated Rice 33-7 in the 1961 Bluebonnet Bowl. That game was KU’s second ever bowl appearance and its first bowl victory.
KU lost 37-34 to Northern Illinois in the first game of the Mike Gottfried era in 1983. Three games after that contest, the Jayhawks defeated No. 10 USC.
The last time Kansas played just three regular-season non-conference games was 2005.