With the formal addition of West Virginia to the Big 12 Conference, Kansas and Kansas State have released their football schedules for 2012.
Kansas, who will play six home games at Memorial Stadium in 2012, will open by hosting South Dakota State on Saturday, Sept. 1, in head coach Charlie Weis’ inaugural campaign.
In non-conference action, KU will host Rice on Sept. 8, following the opener versus South Dakota State. It will also travel to Northern Illinois on Saturday, Sept. 22.
The 2012 Big 12 slate features a 10-team, nine-game, round-robin schedule. Dates are subject to change as adjustments are expected to accommodate television partners’ requests. Television selections for the first three weeks of the season and special dates are due to the Conference July 1.
KU will host TCU (Sept. 15), Oklahoma State (Oct. 13), Texas (Oct. 27) and Iowa State (Nov. 17) in Big 12 play and will travel to Kansas State (Oct. 6), Oklahoma (Oct. 20), Baylor (Nov. 3), Texas Tech (Nov. 10) and West Virginia (Dec. 1).
K-State will open the season with three straight home games as Missouri State visits Bill Snyder Family Stadium on September 1 for the season opener and the fourth-annual K-State Family Reunion. Miami will make its return trip to Manhattan the following week as the Wildcats and Hurricanes will square off on September 8 before North Texas treks to Manhattan on September 15 for the final non-conference contest of the year.
The Wildcats will open Big 12 Conference play on the road September 22 at Oklahoma before enjoying a bye week on September 29. In-state rival KU will travel to Manhattan the following week for the Dillons Sunflower Showdown on October 6 before K-State hits the road for two straight games.
The Cats will travel to Ames, Iowa, on October 13, to square off with Iowa State before making their first trip to Morgantown, W.V., since 1931 on October 20 to face new Big 12 member West Virginia.
K-State then returns home for consecutive weeks as Texas Tech (October 27) and Oklahoma State (November 3) visit Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Back-to-back road trips to the state of Texas follow as the Cats face TCU in Fort Worth on November 10 and Baylor in Waco on November 17. K-State and TCU have not met on the football field since a 1986 matchup in Fort Worth.
Following its second bye week of the season on November 24, K-State will close out the regular season December 1 at home as Texas visits Manhattan.