Stanford to play Kansas State in 2016, 2021

Oct. 20, 2015, 2:23 a.m.

Stanford Athletics announced Monday that the Stanford football team will participate in a home-and-home series with Kansas State in 2016 and 2021. The 2016 game will be played at Stanford Stadium, while the 2021 game will be played in Manhattan, Kansas.

Coach David Shaw
The Cardinal were originally scheduled to open their 2016 season against Rice but instead are now scheduled to face Kansas State on Sept. 2 as their season-opener. In 2021 Stanford will travel to Manhattan, Kansas, to take on the Wildcats. (KAREN AMBROSE HICKEY/

The addition of Kansas State to the 2016 schedule officially completes Stanford’s non-conference slate. The Cardinal will open the 2016 campaign by hosting the Wildcats on The Farm on Sept. 2 before traveling to South Bend for their annual game against Notre Dame on Oct. 15. Stanford will finish the season by hosting Rice on Nov. 26.

Although Kansas State made its official announcement of the series several days ago, Stanford’s announcement was delayed, likely due to scheduling conflicts that arose with Rice, with which Stanford already had a home-and-home scheduled for 2016 and 2017.

The Cardinal were originally supposed to open their season against Rice on Sept. 3, 2016 but rescheduled that game after reaching their agreement with Kansas State.

The matchup between the two teams next year will mark the first time the programs have ever faced each other in football. It will be Stanford’s first matchup against a Big 12 team since the 2011 Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma State and its first regular-season meeting against a Big 12 foe since a 2000 loss to Texas.

Although Kansas State is just 3-3 this season, the Wildcats had nine wins a year ago, eight wins in 2013 and had a tremendous 11-2 campaign in 2012 that saw them ranked No. 1 in the country for a week. The Wildcats lost to Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl that year.

Stanford’s home games in 2016 will be against Colorado, Kansas State, Oregon State, Rice, USC and Washington State. The Cardinal will go on the road to face Arizona, Cal, Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA and Washington.

Stanford’s upcoming non-conference series:

  • BYU (2020, 2022, 2023*, 2025*)
  • Kansas State (2016, 2021*)
  • Northwestern (2019)
  • Notre Dame (2016*, 2017, 2018*, 2019, 2020*, 2021, 2022*, 2023, 2024*)
  • Rice (2016, 2017*)
  • San Diego State (2017*, 2018)
  • TCU (2024, 2027*)
  • UCF (2019*)
  • Vanderbilt (2021*, 2024, 2025*, 2027)

* denotes a road game

Contact Do-Hyoung Park at dpark027 ‘at’

Do-Hyoung Park '16, M.S. '17 is the Minnesota Twins beat reporter at, having somehow ensured that his endless hours sunk into The Daily became a shockingly viable career. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer and Business Manager at The Stanford Daily for FY17-18. He also covered Stanford football and baseball for five seasons as a student and served two terms as sports editor and four terms on the copy desk. He was also a color commentator for KZSU 90.1 FM's football broadcast team for the 2015-16 Rose Bowl season.

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