Spring sports were abruptly cancelled across the country to try and stop the spread of COVID-19 as we stopped large gatherings and started practicing social distancing. Just focusing on the impact to collegiate sports, we are left with some unanswered questions because of the sudden sports halt.
As such, this article series looks to discuss some of these unanswered questions and get your take (via a poll at the bottom of the article) on the sports questions that will have to go unanswered on some level since so many sporting events were cancelled.
Question #8 - What Will Happen to the 2020 Football Season?
Alright, this is a question that is truly unanswerable right now. That is also what makes this question all the more interesting.
Start with the timeline. The season is currently set to start on 8/29/20. That will be the ‘Week 0’ for FBS football. The MWC gets going that week with 4 games: Cal@UNLV, Hawaii@Arizona, Idaho State@New Mexico & UC Davis@Nevada.
Now, I want to take one of the first teams that will be playing, and look at what their timeline is for meeting that first game. UNLV would probably need to start fall camp right around 7/31/20 in order to be ready for the Week 0 game if the Rebels are going to have a normal fall camp. Mind you, UNLV already had spring practices cancelled, so I’m not sure that you can condense fall camp more than usual.
The MWC just made the 2020 Football Media Days a virtual event for this summer. The scheduled dates for Media Days is July 16th & 17th. If the MWC made that decision now, it makes me wonder whether the conference will be comfortable allowing teams to gather for the start of fall practices a couple of weeks after those dates.
The current problem with this timeline has already led to some speculation that the college football season might get pushed to the Spring of 2021.
Will that happen? I really don’t know. We are still about 4 months away from Week Zero. A lot could change. We are all just having to wait and see.
That said, what do you think? What are you expecting to happen to the 2020 college football season?
What Will Happen to the 2020 Football Season?
This poll is closed
Starts on time & goes as scheduled
Gets pushed to Spring of 2021
Partial season is played in the fall/spring
Also, please leave your thoughts in the comments below about what you think will happen with the upcoming college football season.