Sept. 5 Northern Colorado Sept. 12 at UTEP Sept. 19 Duke Sept. 26 Southern Mississippi Oct. 10 Iowa State Oct. 17 at Colorado Oct. 24 Oklahoma Oct. 31 at Texas Tech Nov. 7 at Kansas State Nov. 14 Nebraska Nov. 21 at Texas Nov. 28 Missouri (at Kansas City)
1. Todd Reesing: The most productive quarterback in Kansas history appears ready to have his team ready to challenge for the North title after a strong spring. The Jayhawks will have most of their offensive weapons back from last season. But the biggest reason for their title hopes emanates from the confidence of Reesing, who comes into the season as the North's best quarterback.
2. Jake Shermer: Fears about the lack of returning experience at linebacker were alleviated by Shermer's development over the spring in the Jayhawks' new 4-2-5 defense. The redshirt senior showed good instincts as he worked with senior Arist Wright at the starting positions.
3. Johnathan Wilson: This tall, athletic wide receiver took advantage of Dezmon Briscoe's suspension to have a big spring, finishing with seven catches for 133 yards and a touchdown in the spring game. With Briscoe's return and the full-time transfer of Kerry Meier to wide receiver, the Jayhawks arguably have the best collection of wide receivers in the conference, if not college football.
1. Linebackers: No matter who plays there, the Jayhawks will face a huge talent loss with the departure of James Holt, Mike Rivera and Joe Mortensen -- three of their four leading tacklers last season. The new alignment and new starters will remain the biggest defensive question throughout the summer.
2. Left tackle: Sophomore Jeremiah Hatch was moved from left tackle to center, where he played in high school. The vacancy created a starting job for converted defensive end Tanner Hawkinson, who arrived at college as a tight end. Considering he will be protecting Reesing's blind side, Hawkinson will be under a lot of scrutiny.
3. Unfamiliar role as title contenders: The Jayhawks are considered among the North Division favorites and start the season with higher expectations than any season in recent memory. But is the team mentally prepared for that? Already, Briscoe and running back Jocques Crawford have been suspended from the team for undisclosed violations of team rules. Is this a Kansas team that made back-to-back bowl trips for the first time in school history, or one that feels a sense of entitlement because of the high predictions? We'll see as the season plays out.
Jake Trotter joined ESPN.com in 2011 after four years with The Oklahoman covering OU football. Before that, he worked at the Austin American-Statesman and Middletown (Ohio) Journal. He's a graduate of Washington and Lee (Va.) University and lives in Oklahoma City with his wife.
Brandon Chatmon joined ESPN.com in August 2011 after seven years at the Oklahoman covering Oklahoma State University, high schools and recruiting. An avid college football, NFL and NBA fan, Chatmon resides in Norman, Okla.