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College football teams can now start seasons 1 week early

Oklahoma has already decided to move their opener to August.

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The 2020 college football season is right around the corner, and we now have some information from the NCAA on the start of the season.

Tuesday morning, Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports broke the news that the NCAA has now issues a “blanket waiver” that allows all FBS teams to move the start of their season up a week to August 29th if they choose to due to the coronavirus.

“An NCAA e-mail obtained by Yahoo! Sports issues a “blanket waiver” to allow all FBS schools to start on Aug. 29, known as Week 0,” Thamel reported. “The waiver was requested by Football Oversight Committee and will provide “additional flexibility” for schools navigating this season.”

“Conferences received the notice Monday evening: “Relief is provided on a one-time basis for the 2020 football season due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.” The edict came from the NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative relief.”

The Oklahoma Sooners were the first school to make the move, as they announced Saturday that they would be moving their season opener to Aug. 29th after receiving an individual waiver from the NCAA. Now, the NCAA has decided to allow every FBS team to do so if they choose.

Oklahoma’s schedule is now set up to have a week off in between each of their first three games with Missouri State on Aug. 29th, Tennessee on September 12th, and Army on Sept. 26th.

“If the season is indeed permitted to start as scheduled, the benefit of extra time between games will help our teams manage any variety of possible circumstances that may occur,” Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione said. “Our original schedule had an open date between the second and third games, so now we will have a span of five weeks to play three games.”

Castiglione noted that the extra time off will help them manage any issues that they may face early in the year with the ongoing pandemic.

“It provides us a more gradual approach to safely manage the conditions of these unprecedented times. We’re thankful to Missouri State for their cooperation during this process and to the NCAA for allowing both teams to start the season a week earlier.”

It will not only be interesting to see if the Kentucky Wildcats decide to move their season opener to August, but what other schools will also decide to make the change.