Last Updated on June 3, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has flipped the sports world on its head and college football is hardly immune. Offseason activities and spring football sessions have already been impacted, but now we’re seeing changes to actual games. According to Bill Wagner of the Capital Gazette, the first game of the season between Notre Dame vs. Navy is moving from Dublin, Ireland to Annapolis, MD.
Obviously, traveling internationally presents major hurdles for these two teams to overcome. Rather than trying to juggle travel for everyone needed to play a college football game (players, coaches, staffers, TV/radio staff, etc.), the 2020 Aer Lingus College Football Classic will come back to Annapolis. Despite the fact that these two schools have met 93 times on the gridiron, this marks the first time Notre Dame will face Navy in Annapolis.
Notre Dame vs. Navy 2020 New Date & Odds
In addition to changing locations, the game is moving from Week 0 to Week 1. The schedule will be pushed back seven days from August 29th to September 5th or 6th. Despite the change in location and date for the game, the Fighting Irish are still 16.5-point favorites over the Midshipmen on DraftKings Sportsbook.
Perhaps it’s too early to see much of a shift in that line, but expect a change at some point in the leadup to the matchup. Playing at home can be a sizable advantage in college football, especially for a team that plays as well at home as Navy. However, we still don’t know when fans will be allowed to attend games and therefore, it’s unclear how much of an advantage home field will be.
Navy athletic director released a statement on the changes. He still believes this game will take place, but notes that health and safety are of the utmost concern.
“I am expecting that we will still be able to play Notre Dame as our season opener, but there is still much to be determined by health officials and those that govern college football at large. Once we have a definitive plan in place, we will announce the specifics pertaining to the game,” Gladchuk said in the release.