On Saturday, the undefeated Kansas Jayhawks will host the undefeated Duke Blue Devils in a college football showdown between two college basketball powerhouses. According to Kansas Athletics, they’ll be doing it in front of a packed house.
Kansas announced Thursday that David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium has sold out its tickets for the football game, which will air on FS1. It’s the first sellout for the school since November 2, 2019, when they hosted Kansas State, and just the second sellout in 13 years.
It’s not too surprising that fans are flocking as Kansas enters the game at 3-0 for the first time since 2009. That was the tail-end of the Mark Mangino era, arguably the best modern era of Jayhawks football. After Mangino led Kansas to a 12-1 record and Orange Bowl victory in 2007, the program fell back to earth and hasn’t had a winning season since 2008.
Now, second-year head coach Lance Leipold has people thinking the Jayhawks are on the rise, so much so that he’s being speculated for the open Nebraska job. There were also plenty of people clamoring for College GameDay to visit Lawrence this weekend for the game, though ESPN opted to send the crew to the Tennessee-Florida game instead.
Is the Kansas football hype for real? We’ll get a decent answer this weekend when they host Duke in a battle of unbeaten. Until then, the college football world had some thoughts on the sellout news.
I wish we were doing this game…ELECTRIC!!! https://t.co/Y9tSXe7g6t
— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) September 22, 2022
Kansas went from the power going out and allowing any and all fans to come into the Oklahoma game to selling out a non-conference game against Duke https://t.co/HJooN7ao1g
— Kegan Reneau (@KeganReneau) September 22, 2022
Kansas-Duke, a sellout … and not in Allen Fieldhouse. https://t.co/sn0re1c5GG
— Jacob Unruh (@jacobunruh) September 22, 2022
Just last year Kansas let people enter the stadium and watch the second half of the Oklahoma game for free and now here we are. Love to see it https://t.co/ay8SEgxwZn
— Jacob Shames (@Jacob_Shames) September 22, 2022
The Jayhawks are officially America's team. https://t.co/ZgLw1AW8Yi
— Daniel Fair (@DanFair88) September 22, 2022
Y'all. I remember covering some games in Lawrence where there were so few fans you could count them from the press box. Congrats Jayhawks! https://t.co/rYbAvSq6Zt
— Suzanne Halliburton (@suzhalliburton) September 22, 2022
Louder please, so ESPN College GameDay can hear you https://t.co/EqlXDb4F6D
— Michael Collins (@MCFanSided) September 22, 2022
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) September 22, 2022