What kind of college football season are we in for?

Let me start by throwing a few quotes at you:

  • “Here’s a consensus going around for the major conferences if things progress at a predictable curve,” Patrick said on Monday, per a source. “We’re going to have 10 games with a later start. Nine conference games and regional conference games take precedence. You won’t have any FCS games (against Power 5 teams) with players returning mid-June or early-July … 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.”
  • Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott ($$) oversees a conference spanning six states, four of which remain shut down.

    “There’s a spirit of cooperation when it comes to college football in particular, a strong bias toward making sure we do this together,” Scott said. “We’re all members of the College Football Playoff, and if we’re going to have a Playoff at the end of the season, we need to have uniformity on how we have a season.”

  • “Having said that, I think we all recognize there’s a significant chance that [a common start to the college football season] may not be possible,” Swarbrick said, “that either because states or individual colleges and universities take different approaches, you can’t produce a season where all members are participating in Division I football in the same way.”

States are proceeding differently, which means conferences will be forced to proceed differently.  Money will be a concern.  (Duh.)  Not being able to start the season uniformly will have an impact on the CFP.

How do conference commissioners resolve those conflicting issues?  I have no idea and at the moment, I doubt they do, either.

Oh, yeah, toss in one more thing:

If the decision is made to shorten the season because of the coronavirus pandemic, Notre Dame would lose 10 of its 12 scheduled opponents for this season because of its independent status for football.

And that’s before you even get to whether they’ll play in front of fans or not… more likely the latter, at least to start.

“Decisions about fans (attending) is really going to be made by public health officials,” Scott said. “Decisions whether to play or not play are going to be made by universities, conferences and the NCAA. Those are two very different types of decisions.”

You get one guess as to why they’re different.  And, no, I do not digress.  Especially when you read a quote like this:

“The virus is going to be around for a while, so we’re going to have to learn how to live with it, and that’s especially true for athletics,” Bowlsby said. “We’re going to have to learn coping mechanisms. It’s not that it’s patently unsafe, it’s, are you confident you have the testing and best practices in place to ensure a virus-free environment? There’s always going to be some risk.”

How cool is that?  I spend a chunk of change to buy football tickets, and I get a health risk thrown in at no additional charge!  Thanks, Bob.

They’re going to play a regular season, in other words.  They can’t afford not to.  The big issue they’ve got to work out is how to salvage the postseason, because they can’t afford not to have a playoff, either.  We’re about to find out if these guys are really as smart as they think they are.

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33 responses to “What kind of college football season are we in for?

  1. Scott Kirk

    How Georgia Way would it be to win it, and then have it asterisked as “that ‘Rona season”?

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    • No one has put an asterisk by Notre Dame or Army’s national championships won during World War II. If we won it in 2020, it would be recognized just as those are.

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      • Macallanlover

        Nor does anyone asterisk the decades where Big 10 and PAC 12 champs hid behind the auto Rose Bowl bid and avoided playing a better test (especially true since other B10 Teams could not even go to bowls and get exposed for how weak the conference was). 80 combined conference titles with ohio and Meechigan produced from the Big 2 and Little 8. Other bowls had tie-ins but having both sides of the game coming from guaranteed spots made the Rose Bowl particularly the biggest obstacle.

        And we think Clemson has a walkover conference title to crow about! Big 10 was a snore-fest 95% of the time, then one team went to Pasadena to play a weak PAC8 champ. Ugh, (nice setting though).

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  2. They are going to find a way to play … fans or no fans, students or no students, on site classes or no on site classes. The ADs know the house of cards they have built on TV money will come crashing down otherwise. For those of you who have decided you’ll watch all day on Saturday no matter what, you can congratulate yourself for keeping the machine going. As for me, I’ll find other things to do on Saturdays this fall when I get a notification of the refund of my season tickets. I’ll watch the highlights posted online and read the Senator’s thoughts on the game.

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    • junkyardawg41

      I totally agree with you. I also think the nightmare scenario will be for the pandemic to have high tide in May across the country, June we start to resemble “normal”, July-August goes by. September starts — school for all K-16. October, huge spike of cases, and by November, we are back to quarantines and the remaining football season is postponed indefinitely.

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      • Classic City Canine

        I could easily see that happening.

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        • PTC DAWG

          If they keep classifying every death as Covid, maybe…

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          • Paul

            PTC I hear and see this a lot. Except I’ve yet to actually speak to a surgeon, doctor or nurse who says they have experienced this. I know more than a few.

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            • Voice of Reason 1776

              I think it is pretty well known that some of the guidelines given to hospitals in some states encouraged a very liberal view of which deaths would be said to be caused by Covid-19. I saw at least couple of medical people, doctors and nurses say that they were encouraged to attribute every death possible to Covid.

              To get a better view, we need to look at statistics from all countries, not just the US.

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  3. If I’m betting on whether – on average – P5 conference teams end up playing over or under 9.5 games this year I’m taking the under.

    I don’t see any way most teams play 10 games. Most will be fortunate to play eight, if that, if the second wave comes on strong in June like many epidemiologists expect (based on current re-opening plans being rolled out across the next three weeks).

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    • Serious question: how much weight should what these experts “expect” carry given how poorly the predictions have gone to date ? I’m not saying I know any better, just that nobody seems to know shit.

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      • On 3/29/20 there were only 3,000 reported deaths from COVID-19 in the USA. On that day Dr. Anthony Fauci, and expert, said the total death count in the USA could reach 100,000-200,000. He based this on research and analysis performed by other “experts”. Contrast that with many obvious non-experts who, at the time, were harping about the fact that 3,000 deaths was less than the 50,000 per year that die each year form seasonal flue, so obviously this was way less serious.

        I’ll take the “expert” on this one. Thanks. Five weeks later it looks like he was spot on to me.

        https://apnews.com/64ac08d62c3621f2b888785e02c7f6b1

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  4. MurphDawg

    I love college football and especially watching the Dawgs play as much or more than most. However, at the end of the day isn’t this truly the definition of unnecessary? The majority of the participants aren’t receiving a paycheck and the required travel and close quarters are inviting disaster. All of this for what is supposed to be a non-profit entity to generate revenue. If it is so crucial that things move forward, it should be the death knell for supposed amateurism as it is truly all about the money and there won’t even be pretext to hide behind any longer.

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  5. Cojones

    With all the differences responses thrown in with threat to life, the cfb we may see will not be worth watching because of the dread that’s offstage.

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  6. Go Dawgs!

    Well, I”ll tell you the part of all this that matters the absolute LEAST to me in all of this – what will happen to poor, poor Notre Dame’s ability to schedule games because they’ve refused for decades to join a conference in football. LOL. Let’s see if NBC is willing to televise ten straight weeks of intrasquad scrimmages.

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    • Classic City Canine

      About to say the same thing. It’s past time for ND to join a conference. The age of independents is over.

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      • PTC DAWG

        I have no issues with ND being independent..they can do as they choose. (The ACC is the one who half assed it with them…should have been all or nothing). It may bite them in the ass here though.

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    • Paul

      NBC would probably be more than happy to televise ND scrimmages and unfortunately a bunch of people would probably watch. There’s a reason they get their own contract

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  7. Classic City Canine

    Barring a medical miracle, I’m starting to think we won’t have cfb at all this year. We need extensive testing but the biggest problem is what happens if there’s a positive test. Virtually the entire program will have to be quarantined and if that happens during the middle of the season, games will be missed. I don’t see how you have a legitimate season if conference members aren’t playing the full conference schedule.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      Agree. I really have a hard time envisioning a season. Just one coach or player getting Covid throws the entire plan into confusion. The vast majority of schools are publicly funded institutions. Imagine the media firestorm if a hotspot broke out? Whole programs could be quarantined if a player or support person tests positive.

      What about players who decide NOT to put their lives or the lives of others in danger by participating? Are their scholly’s pulled? Are all the support staffers who have some level of compromised health risk jettisoned? More than few coaches and staffers are high risk due to obesity (looking at you, utk).

      There is sooo much we don’t know about Covid-19. And there’s been far too much wishful thinking and misinformation. Most, if not all, projections show the virus spiking again when temperatures cool off in the fall, just like the flu. PPE and other necessities may continue to be in short supply.

      Hell, those are just a few concerns off the top of my head. There’s so much more than just the games that would need to be addressed, and every step open to scrutiny and hazards. And these A.D.s aren’t that bright to begin with.

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      • Union Jack

        Interesting that there doesn’t appear to be any discussion/coordination with the NFL. You would think that they might want to be on the same page regarding the start to each of their seasons. Plus all the other details for the draft etc.

        If you’re a Trevor Lawrence or a Justin Fields or even a Jamie Newman (considering he is a 1st round projection) and the college season doesn’t start until Oct 1 – do you think about sitting out if the NFL is still using their same calendar? Does the college season start late but end at the same time?

        Does the season become a version of college football “survivor” where NFL projected players decide to leave to focus on the draft as soon as their team is eliminated from CFP eligibility?

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        • I’ve been saying this for the few weeks as a significantly delayed or spring season talk has emerged. I don’t see the guys at the top of the draft suiting up for old State U if the season were to start in January. I think you’re right about a delayed/shortened season. As soon as a team is out of the playoff hunt, I could see draft-eligible players start making business decisions about the rest of the season.

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  8. Bright Idea

    There will never be a nationwide consensus on this from the countless power brokers so forget a “fair” playoff. Conferences have a better chance if they go their own way instead of one size fits all. Somebody better soon start asking the players if they’re gonna’ show up. Most schools probably have a safety plan in place but dread using it. It doesn’t help that the experts don’t seem to know anything for sure, they’re just guessing.

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  9. PTC DAWG

    I’d attend a game tomorrow. Georgia actually has had basically zero more deaths due to this virus. See the NYT article I linked in the playpen. The South in general is a very safe place to be. NY and CA are the worst places to be if you are worried the virus.

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  10. The joke is on us as fans for continuing to play along with this idiocy. So long as we keep making donations and keep buying tickets, this is only going to get worse. Dropped my tickets this year and it is a damn liberating feeling.

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  11. Its not just mickey and the schools that get a paycheck.

    Whatever happens im certain the other color and animal will disagree.

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  12. William J Ferguson

    First ND – so what? They chose to go independent – pay your money and take your chances – they did not want to share, so too bad, so sad.

    Second – the Pac 12 – and why do we worry about them and the playoff? They don’t make the playoff anyway.

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    • Napoleon BonerFart

      I especially enjoyed Larry Scott’s claim of, “They can’t have the playoff without us.” Well, they’ve done a good job of it in the past.

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  13. Russ

    Interesting article from the Athletic a couple of years ago about football during the Spanish Flu epidemic.

    https://theathletic.com/468480/2018/08/14/influenza-war-1918-season-college-football-influence?source=user-shared-article

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    • The article states “These young Guardsmen…swarmed into the nearby camp towns to look for fun, but found venereal disease and cheap alcohol instead.”

      I’d be willing to bet it was the other way around…cheap alcohol first.

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    • Debby Balcer

      Is that the one with picture of the GT fans wearing masks while watching the game?

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  14. duronimo

    It’s an easy fix. Redesign the offenses to keep players 6 feet apart.
    A “block” or a “tackle” is registered via computer controlled proximity sensors. The result of one of these “football moves” is registered by the speed and size of each participant. This is essential in spotting the ball. And best of all, you don’t need 5G to handle this. Of course we’re in this together so stay away from the stadiums and out of the sun (the greatest ultraviolet virus killing machine God ever made). Obedient fans will be watching at home in normal game day apparel … goggles, gloves, masks. By the way, stay 6 feet away from the TV. Anyone seeing this protocol violated should report this constitutional activity to the authorities, who have a Bill Gate’s patented vaccine ready to “help” them fit better next season.

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  15. Otto

    Kind of Ironic, we just celebrated 150 years of college football and I can see a season where regions play their season at various times with games starting Labor day to who knows sometime next year. Regular season games were played in January and February in the late 1800s. It will be interesting to see how this plays out and how the bowl season is played.

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