Preseason ranking, title odds indicate Indiana State could be tough test for KU

Kansas quarterback Miles Kendrick throws during football practice on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 within the new indoor practice facility.

If any team knows not to overlook an FCS foe, it is the Kansas football program.

With the 2019 season opener a little over a week away, there is still so much uncertainty about both Kansas and Indiana State. The two teams will square off at 11 a.m. on Aug. 31 at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.

The expectation is that the Jayhawks will be able to handle things, even though they are just a 3.5-point favorite on some online sportsbooks. Make no mistake, though, Indiana State is not a pushover.

On Monday, released their preseason odds to win the 2019 FCS national title. Indiana State was +3300 to win it all, which was only lower odds than 11 other FCS teams. Northern Iowa, Wofford, Towson, Kennesaw State, Colgate and McNeese State all have the same odds as the Sycamores.

To put that in comparison, Kansas is +8000 to win the Big 12.

For even more context, look no further than the team that the Jayhawks lost to in the season opener just last year. Nicholls, which defeated KU in overtime in Week 1 last season, is +2800 to win the national title this fall. Nicholls will take on Kansas State to begin the 2019 campaign.

The odds reflect where both Indiana State and Nicholls stand in the FCS preseason coaches top-25, which was also released on Monday. Nicholls is ranked No. 11, while Indiana State comes in at No. 16.

It is not completely identical, however. North Dakota State, which received 23 first-place votes in the coaches poll, has the second-best odds at +250 to win it all. James Madison received one vote and is ranked No. 2, but is +200 to be the last team standing in the FCS.

Both the ranking in the preseason poll and the national title odds indicate that the Sycamores are on the rise in the FCS landscape after going 0-11 just two years ago. The Sycamores were left out of last year’s playoff bracket with a 7-4 record, but return nine starters on offense and six starters on defense.

As a result, the Jayhawks better come prepared or the Les Miles era could start off on the wrong foot.

FCS preseason coaches poll

1. North Dakota St. (23)

2. James Madison (1)

3. Eastern Michigan (2)

4. South Dakota St.

5. UC Davis

6. Jacksonville St.

7. Maine

8. Wofford

9. Weber St.

10. Kennesaw St.

11. Nicholls

12. Towson

13. Illinois St.

14. Colgate

15. Montana St.

16. Indiana St.

17. Furman

18. Southeast Missouri St.

19. North Carolina A&T

20. Northern Iowa

21. Elon

22. Sam Houston St.

23. Delaware

24. Princeton

25. Central Arkansas

Odds to win FCS title

James Madison +200

North Dakota State +250

Eastern Washington +550

South Dakota State +650

UC Davis +650

Jacksonville State +1200

Maine +1400

Weber State +1600

Illinois State +2200

Montana State +2800

Nicholls +2800

Northern Iowa +3300

Wofford +3300

Towson +3300

Kennesaw State +3300

Indiana State +3300

Colgate +3300

McNeese State +3300

Furman +4000

Sam Houston State +4000

SEMO +5000

Montana +5000

Delaware +5000

Elon +5000

ETSU +5000


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