While professional sports are finally returning after the months-long shutdown, college football schools and conferences are still trying to figure out a way to play again in 2020. It won’t be easy and there isn’t much cohesion among the power five conferences, but they haven’t given up yet.
There seems to be a growing trend to play shorter, conference-only schedules which would make sense given the risk that comes with traveling across the country to play non-conference games. of course, in this day and age of mega-conferences, traveling vast distances is going to happen in conference-only games as well, but anything to lower the risk for players will help.
These plans are all subject to change. We all know this is a fluid situation and as of now, conferences are left to make their own decisions in regards to the 2020 college football betting season.
College Football Power Five Conference Plans
The SEC is the cream of the crop when it comes to college football. According to Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated, the SEC is moving to a 10-game, conference schedule in 2020. The league plans to start the season on Sept. 26 and hold the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 19. Long-standing rivalries like Georgia-Georgia Tech, Florida-Florida State, and Clemson-South Carolina won’t happen this year.
Earlier in July, the Big Ten released a statement to announce that the conference would be moving to a conference-only slate. That statement says that if the Big Ten “is able to participate in fall sports (men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball) based on medical advice, it will move to Conference-only schedules in those sports.”
The Pac-12 followed the Big Ten’s lead shortly thereafter. In a statement from the Pac-12, commissioner Larry Scott explains that the league will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions based on the science and data.
The ACC is backing a plan for an 11-game schedule with one non-conference game. The season will begin in early September and that non-conference game must be played at home. The ACC will also be absorbing independent Notre Dame for this season only, but the Fightin’ Irish will have to share their TV revenue from NBC evenly with the other teams in the conference.
The Big 12 has yet to make any real decision about the 2020 season. The conference appears to be taking a “wait and see” approach to the upcoming college football season. As of right now, a full, 12-game schedule with non-conference games is still on the table.
Although not a power five conference, it’s also worth noting that the American Athletic Conference has yet to cancel the season or move to a conference-only schedule. The schools are scattered about the country, but they could play a major factor in this college football season if some conferences push forward with non-conference games.
SEC Players Should Prepare To Test Positive
This is what SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey is telling unpaid student-athletes. During a meeting between the SEC and the conference’s Student-Athlete Leadership Council, Sankey and league officials told players that positive tests are a “given” according to a report from the Washington Post.
“There are going to be outbreaks,” one unidentified SEC official told players. “We’re going to have cases on every single team in the SEC. That’s a given. And we can’t prevent it.”
If these outbreaks are a “given,” it would make sense for the SEC to change the way its approaching the 2020 season. Desperate times call for desperate measure, but according to the report from the Washington Post, there is no consideration for a bubble or something similar. Players pressed the league officials on this topic, but were rebuffed.
We’re seeing how successful a bubble environment can be with the NBA and NHL in preventing positive cases. We’re also seeing how forging ahead without a bubble can result in multiple outbreaks with the 2020 MLB season. Instead of exploring the bubble concept, the SEC is urging players to wear masks and hope for the best.
College Football Teams In Quarantine
UConn — Canceled 2020 season
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