The resurrection of the Kansas football program under Lance Leipold has been something to behold over the last three seasons.
In year one, the wins weren’t there, but the competitive nature and determination were as Kansas was rarely overpowered to the extent we’d seen in years past. In year two, the Jayhawks got to a bowl game after a hot start and removed themselves from the cellar of the Big 12 standings for the first time in over a decade. ‘ In year two, the Jayhawks got to a bowl game after a hot start and removed themselves from the cellar of the Big 12 standings for the first time in over a decade.
Now, in year three, Kansas is sitting at 7-2 and 4-2 in the conference, squarely in the mix to make a run to Arlington next month.
The fans in Lawrence are seeing tangible results from Leipold’s tactics, and not only are they taking notice, but they’re showing up.
According to a press release from Kansas Football, the Jayhawks will play in front of sellout crowds for both of their remaining home games this season: against Texas Tech this week and against Kansas State in Week 12.
“Kansas Athletics announced Friday that both the Nov. 11 game vs. Texas Tech and the Nov. 18 game vs. Kansas State are both sold out. The pair of sellouts mark the third and fourth of the 2023 season and the sixth and seventh under head coach Lance Leipold. David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium will now be sold out in seven of 12 home games from 2022 to 2023.
“Kickoff vs. Texas Tech is slated for 11 a.m. CT on FS1, as the 7-2 Jayhawks are off to their best start in the first nine games of its season since 2007, following a 28-21 victory over Iowa State on Nov. 4 in Ames, Iowa. The Jayhawks have now sold out each of the last four home games that begin at 11 a.m.
“Kansas is 5-0 at home and have won nine of its last 11 games at home dating back to 2022. Kansas is one of 11 teams across the country to be 5-0 or better in their home stadium this season. The Jayhawks were victorious in each of their last two home sellouts, defeating No. 6 Oklahoma on Oct. 28, 38-33, and BYU on Sept. 23, 38-27.“
If Kansas can navigate through the remainder of its schedule, they’ll finish the year at 10-2, which is incredible when you look at where this program was five years ago.
Regardless of what happens the rest of the way, Kansas football is back to being something that is not only worth watching but must-see TV.