Kansas, Georgia Tech to meet in 2010, 2011

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Kansas and Georgia Tech have announced an upcoming two-game series that should significantly upgrade the Jayhawks' nonconference schedule.

The Yellow Jackets and Jayhawks will play in Lawrence, Kan., in 2010, before returning the game to Atlanta in 2011.

The announcement came as Kansas released its 2010 schedule. The Jayhawks also will host North Dakota State and New Mexico State and travel to Southern Mississippi for their nonconference games next season.

Kansas and Georgia Tech have met just once. The Yellow Jackets edged KU 20-14 in the 1948 Orange Bowl, KU's first bowl appearance.

Kansas most recently played an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent in the 2008 Orange Bowl, when the Jayhawks defeated Virginia Tech, 24-21. KU is slated to play ACC opponent Duke in Lawrence this fall.

Georgia Tech posted a 9-4 overall record last season, which included a 5-3 ACC record and a loss to LSU in the Chick-fil-A-Bowl.

Also, Kansas' Big 12 slate of South Division opponents will switch next season. The Jayhawks will trade this year's rivals -- Texas, Oklahoma and Texas Tech -- for home games against Texas A&M and Oklahoma State and a road game at Baylor.

That change in South opponents is significant for the Jayhawks. If they were playing their 2010 Big 12 conference schedule with their current roster, I have to believe the Jayhawks would be a consensus top-15 team in the preseason polls and a heavy favorite to win the North.

But the tougher schedule is leading many observers to discount Kansas' hopes of earning their first appearance in the Big 12 title game.