After a week of news that seemed like the 2020 college football season was hanging by a thumbnail, there were two interesting announcements Saturday that made it seem otherwise.

Southern Illinois announced a new game for August 29th against the Big 12’s Kansas. The Salukis had their game against Wisconsin canceled earlier this month when the Big Ten announced it was going to a conference-only schedule, while the Jayhawks lost their season opener with New Hampshire when the Colonial Athletic Association opted to cancel its fall season.

The timing of the game is the curious part. The NCAA granted a waiver so that the game could be moved up to Week Zero. SIU will open fall camp on Friday to prepare for this game. Granted everything could still be canceled, but it seems odd that Jeff Long, Kansas’s athletic director would move forward to schedule a game if he thought the Big 12 was going to pull the plug on non-conference games.

Read more of Izzo's story here.

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