Nearly every sports fan in the world is asking the same question during the COVID-19 pandemic: When will sports resume?
For college football, the question is will the season start on time and if not, how will it work? The season is slated to start for most programs on Sept. 5 and unlike the NFL or other pro sports, the college game cannot afford to play with no fans or expose student-athletes participating when non-athletic students aren’t required back to campus.
The legendary Dan Patrick of the Dan Patrick Show he is hearing a ‘consensus’ idea on what the 2020 college football season might look like.
On Monday, Patrick said, “Here’s a consensus going around for the major conferences if things progress at a predictable curve, we’re going to have 10 games with a later start. Nine conference games and regional conference games take precedence.”
Patrick also added, “The conference that is struggling is the Pac-12. California is a concern. … Money will be a concern (for all of college football) and attendance will be limited.”
This comes just weeks after California Gov. Gavin Newsom said it is unlikely sporting events will be held in the state until a vaccine for COVID-19 is ready, which is not expected until 2021. Thus, schools like UCLA, USC and Stanford may not be able to play any home games or at all.
All in all, if what Patrick is reporting is true, this would be bad news for College Football. Programs would lose at least two games and the SEC would have to get creative in adding a league game for each team as the report is their would be nine conference matchups as opposed to eight.
Currently, the Kentucky Wildcats are set to play their six SEC East rivals, host their yearly cross-division matchup with Mississippi State and take on the Auburn Tigers in their rotated cross-division matchup.
Still, it is early on and with college football still four months away and a lot of unknown surrounding the spread of coronavirus, it’s hard for anyone to say what will happen to the 2020 season.
Here’s more from Patrick:
DP got some information in regards to College Football last night.. If things progress at the predicted curve it the consensus we'll have a 10 game CFB schedule with a later start to the season.— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) May 4, 2020
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