Kansas won an actual football game, its first in nearly two years, coming from behind at home to notch a 17-14 verdict over South Dakota.
Not South Dakota State, the school that beat Kansas in 2015, and has been an FCS power for years, but South Dakota, another FCS team, but one which hasn’t had a winning record since 2017.
Did the Jayhawks cover? No, they were 11.5-point favorites. But that’s not a surprise, because good teams win and great teams cover. And Kansas officially is a good team with a better record this season than Nebraska.
For what it’s worth, South Dakota State did notch another win over an FBS team on Friday night, going to Colorado State and taking down the Rams, 42-23.
An FBS school paying to get waxed by an FCS team never gets old.
Georgia-Clemson and Alabama-Miami are the standout games on the college football slate for Saturday, but there also are some mind-warpers out there on the schedule, one of the most fun parts of non-conference season.
Some highlights, and, for entertainment purposes only, fun-matchup point spread picks based on no information whatsoever, except possibly weird rooting interests, just to see how it goes because it’s more fun than putting thought into it.
- Army +2 at Georgia State
- Pittsburgh -38 vs. UMass
- Texas A&M -29.5 vs. Kent State
- Texas-San Antonio +4.5 at Illinois
Also, Lafayette is playing at Air Force and Eastern Illinois at South Carolina, and it’s more fun to wonder how these teams find each other to schedule games than to actually know that the coaches are old fishing buddies or whatever.
World Cup qualifiers, on the other hand, have no mystery, and are even done by region, but Saturday still features such goofball matchups as Finland-Kazakhstan and Gibraltar-Turkey.
But the real fun, of course, is in FA Cup qualifying, which on Saturday includes these not-made-up matches:
- Anstey Nomads vs. Stone Old Alleynians
- Biggleswade Town vs. Hitchin Town
- Bootle vs. FC United of Manchester
- Cray Wanderers vs. Sutton Common Rovers
- Kidlington vs. Bishop’s Cleeve
- Leek Town vs. Mickleover
- Poole Town vs. Swindon Supermarine
- Runcorn Linnets vs. Liversedge
- Weston-super-Mare vs. Flackwell Heath
- Worthing vs. Corinthian-Casuals
In the Welsh Cup, Ynysygerwn faces Cambrian and Clydach Vale.
It’s good to have all of this action as a Sunderland fan because thanks to international callups, the Black Cats don’t have a match on Saturday, pushing back their scheduled date with Sheffield Wednesday to a later date with a one-in-seven chance of the best kind of schedule bingo hit, playing Sheffield Wednesday, Wednesday.