South Dakota vs. Kansas: Live stream, start time, how to watch college football on TV, without cable. The Kansas Jayhawks will look to pick up their first win since 2019 when they host the FCS’ South Dakota Coyotes to kickoff the 2021 season on Friday night.
The Kansas Jayhawks will play against a Division II opponent, the South Dakota Coyotes, in an early-season tune-up Friday at 8 p.m. ET at Kivisto Field at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Returning after a rocky 0-9 season, the Jayhawks are aiming to prove that the past does not define them.
Kansas is the favorite in this one, with an expected 13.5-point margin of victory. But these early season matchups can go either way as both teams get back into playing shape.
How To Watch
When: Friday at 8 p.m. ET
Where: Kivisto Field at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium -- Lawrence, Kansas
TV: ESPN Plus
The Jayhawks are a big 13.5-point favorite against the Coyotes, according to the latest college football odds.
Bettors have moved against the Jayhawks slightly, as the game opened with the Jayhawks as a 15.5-point favorite.
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This is the first time these teams have played each other within the last six years.
Kansas Jayhawks coach Lance Leipold speaks about what he would like to see from his team in this week's season opener against South Dakota. Leipold spoke to reporters on Aug. 30, 2021.
Kansas Jayhawks coach Lance Leipold speaks about what he would like to see from his team in this week's season opener against South Dakota. Leipold spoke to reporters on Aug. 30, 2021. By Jesse Newell
I’m pretty convinced there won’t be a tougher game to predict for Kansas football all season.
New coach Lance Leipold and his staff were put in an unenviable position this summer because of circumstances outside their control. Leipold joined KU in late April, which made him the latest outside coaching hire that a Power Five college football program has made in recent history.
That led to some forced cramming in August practices. Not only were coaches implementing new schemes, but they also were evaluating talent, with the hopes of giving each player a clean slate under a fresh regime.
The timing here, then, is tricky. KU plays easily its most winnable game of the season Friday against FCS opponent South Dakota ... while also being the least prepared for a contest it will be all season.
KU has unknowns almost everywhere. That includes quarterback, where Leipold did not name a starter leading up to game day.
Here’s the best news for KU: It appears to have a manageable opponent. South Dakota went 1-3 in an abbreviated spring season, and it was not among 44 teams that were either ranked or that received votes in the FCS preseason poll.
This one’s still not a gimme. KU has lost three times to FCS opponents at home since 2010, which included the coaching debuts for Turner Gill and David Beaty.
I think this will be close, but in the end, KU should be the more talented team. A win without a Vegas cover seems about right for this unique opener.