News and Notes: KU vs. Northern Colorado

News and notes while walking around smiling so hard, it hurts, knowing that the greatest sport in the world – college football – is less than a week away.

  • #25 Kansas kicks off the 120th season of football on Mt. Oread against the Northern Colorado Bears on Saturday, September 5th, at 6 p.m.
  • The Sept. 5 lid-lifter is the latest calendar date a KU season has begun since 1998. That year, the Jayhawks opened the season with a conference game against Oklahoma State on Sept. 5.
  • KU is 2-1 in games played on Sept. 5 all time with a 15-11 win at Tulsa in 1981, a 49-7 win at Oregon State in 1992 and a 38-28 loss vs. Oklahoma State in 1998.
  • KU is opening the season at home for the seventh straight year.
  • KU has won five straight in games that have been both the home and season opener.
  • KU has won its last five season openers by an average margin of 27 points, including an average of 35.3 points the last three years.
  • KU has won nine of its last 10 home openers.
  • KU has a 23-4 record at home since the beginning of the 2005 season.
  • KU has won 17 consecutive non-conference home games since losing the 2003 season opener to Northwestern in a monsoon.
  • KU has won 16 of its last 18 games against non-con opponents, including three bowl victories.
  • KU is 23-7 in its last 30 games overall dating back to late in 2006.
  • KU has won 18 straight home games played at night. KU has won 14 of its last 18 night games played anywhere.
  • KU has had nine straight home games with at least 48,000 in attendance, including six 50,000-plus games in that stretch.
  • The sartorially-challenged will be pleased to note that fans will receive a commemorative 2009 Kansas Football t-shirt while supplies last, courtesy of the nice folks at Jack Ellena Honda.
  • If your kid is a Junior Jayhawk, they can get into Saturday's game freebie with their Junior Jayhawks membership card. In addition, family members can purchase additional tickets for just $25. Junior Jayhawks can pickup their complimentary ticket at any Memorial Stadium ticket booth.
  • In other kid related news, the Hy-Vee Hawk Zone opens at 4 p.m. The Hawk Zone will once again feature inflatable Jayhawk games and the Crimson and Blue Line live broadcast with the lovely and talented Nate Bukaty and David Lawrence. Food and beverages are also available in the Hawk Zone. The KU soccer team and their coach Mark Francis will be signing autographs in the Hawk Zone.
  • Celebrities who could be celebrating their birthdays at this year's home opener: Dweezil Zappa (39); Freddie Mercury (would've been 62); Raquel Welch (68); Bob Newhart (79); and outlaw Jesse James (161).
  • If you can't be at the stadium, you can watch the game at home on Fox College Sports Central, but you don't have Dippin' Dots at home. Get off the couch and come to the game. Top Stories