As the 2020 college football season finally gets underway, hopefully we aren’t already seeing the beginning of a nightmare scenario. Nine games have already been postponed thus far in the early part of the season, the latest being Baylor’s opener vs, Louisiana Tech. It was originally set for September 12th.
Obviously, this isn’t the end of the world as most expected some postponements would happen, but these teams aren’t in a bubble like the NBA and they don’t play everyday like the MLB, so the time needed to make up college football games is in a much smaller window.
Nine postponements through Week 1 is not a good start, especially when one of the teams is the Navy Midshipmen, who just played their first game Monday night. Maybe, Temple is dealing with COVID issues, or maybe Navy just realized they’re a bit behind and the Owls were able to be flexible.
Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo takes "1000 percent" blame for the loss. Says they were obviously not prepared and that was a conscious decision to err on the side of safety in practices. But team wasn't ready. Said team hadn't tackled since the bowl game nine months ago.— Kareem Copeland (@kareemcopeland) September 8, 2020
Regardless, the impact COVID will have on this season is already being felt—whether that be through postponements, limited practices, or players having to sit out. Sometimes, even the least-thought about players can have the biggest impact on a game.
Austin Peay didn't have any of its three long snappers available to play.— DNVR Buffs (@DNVR_Buffs) August 31, 2020
A linebacker tried to do the job.
He botched three snaps.
The quarterback pooch punted for the rest of the game.
Austin Peay lost on a last-minute score.
This is COVID ball.https://t.co/usaJr3UQpY
We just the other day what happened to Austin Peay when they were down, not one, not two, but their only three long-snappers.
This is a different year for a variety of reasons, some more obvious than others. But it’s definitely not a good sign that we’re having this many postponements this early.
Let’s just hope we get to see a nice, clean (shortened) season from our beloved Kentucky Wildcats. Because nothing is guaranteed in 2020.