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Kansas Jayhawks Football Countdown Reset: KU Adds NonCon Game

Jayhawks add Southern Illinois on Aug 29, one week earlier than the now-cancelled season opener against New Hampshire.

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Today (Sunday) would have been 41 days until Kansas Football. It is now just 34 days until Kansas football, as KU announced on Saturday (July 25) that they will open up the 2020 season with Southern Illinois on August 29, a week earlier than the game cancelled by New Hampshire.

Per reports at various sources, KU had a waiver request granted by the NCAA to play in “Week Zero” of the college football season. Kansas (and presumably SIU) will also begin fall camp a week earlier, on July 31. Kickoff and broadcast details have yet to be determined/announced.

Southern Illinois was looking for a new paycheck game after the Big 10 cancelled all of its non-conference games. The Salukis had a date scheduled with Wisconsin on Sept 19.

It should be noted that the Ivy, MEAC, and Colonial leagues have all cancelled football for 2020. The Missouri Valley is expected to make an announcement regarding their plans for football sometime in the next week.

I still wouldn’t get your hopes too high of having much meaningful college football this fall. Rutgers just quarantined their whole team after six positive tests, and Michigan State did the same a day or two earlier.

You can track Covid vs college football here.

But still, it gives us something to look forward to and/or discuss, as it appears that the P5 is hell-bent on playing football this year, player safety be damned.