The Ivy League Conference made the decision Wednesday (7/8/20) to not play any fall sports as scheduled, becoming the first Division I league to make such a move. In addition, no sports of any kind will be played at Ivy League schools before January 1, 2021.
Last Edit: Aug 8, 2020 11:23:31 GMT -8 by Trojangles
"Uh, oh." for sure, Bench . . . The Big Ten just cancelled all of their out of conference games . . . Which means the Ohio State Buckeyes won't be coming to Oregon this September.
"The Wall Street Journal 7/9/20 . . .
"The Big Ten conference on Thursday canceled non-conference athletic competitions including football games due to the coronavirus pandemic and signaled that its whole season may be in jeopardy, a move that could begin to unravel the entire college football season.
“We are focused on how to play this season in a safe and responsible way based on the best advice of our medical experts,” said Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren. He also allowed for the possibility of not playing at all this fall, saying: “It’s important to get across that we’re also prepared not to play should the circumstances dictate. We’re taking this one step at a time.”
College football is one of the most lucrative operations for many big universities, and paring it back—or canceling it altogether—is another powerful financial blow to universities that are already struggling to keep students during the pandemic. Athletics are turning out to be a thorny aspect of navigating the crisis; this week, both Stanford and Dartmouth announced they are cutting numerous smaller sports altogether.
The Big Ten’s move, and others that may follow, also have major ramifications for things that passionate college sports fans care about, such as competing for conference and national championships. One problem in sorting that out is the diffuse nature of governance in college football, the one sport in which the NCAA does not control the national championship.
The Big Ten’s decision will strike 42 non-conference football games from the schedule, including high-profile early-season games involving marquee teams Ohio State and Michigan."
Last Edit: Jul 9, 2020 13:56:12 GMT -8 by Trojangles
Conferences dropping OOC games has to worry independent schools . . . especially those with no affiliations like BYU. Meanwhile, . . .
Notre Dame: There are reports the ACC will include Notre Dame even if it goes to a conference-only schedule this fall, as the Fighting Irish have six games scheduled against ACC opponents. Notre Dame has two games against Pac-12 programs–Stanford and USC–and one against Wisconsin of the Big Ten.
Last Edit: Jul 9, 2020 14:29:07 GMT -8 by Trojangles
Washington - Michigan, Sacramento State, & Utah State Washington State - Utah State, Houston, & Idaho
Record Breaker: "The Notre Dame-Southern California rivalry is one of the most iconic in college football history; last year's matchup---a 30-27 Fighting Irish victory---was the 90th meeting between the two schools. Accordingly, 2020 will be the first year the two schools will not meet on the field since 1945; The Trojans and Fighting Irish not playing one another between 1943-45 due to WWII."
Comment: Be interesting if the two schools could end up in a bowl game somewhere and keep the streak going.
Last Edit: Jul 11, 2020 4:33:12 GMT -8 by Trojangles
The school, which was facing an independent schedule this fall after leaving the American Athletic Conference, announced that it had canceled the 2020 football season Wednesday morning. UConn is the first top-level college football program to announce that it’s not playing football this year as the coronavirus pandemic makes playing a regular football season nearly impossible this year.
“After receiving guidance from state and public health officials and consulting with football student-athletes, we’ve decided that we will not compete on the gridiron this season,” athletic director David Benedict said in a statement. “The safety challenges created by COVID-19 place our football student-athletes at an unacceptable level of risk.”
Last Edit: Aug 5, 2020 5:29:04 GMT -8 by Trojangles
On Saturday, the MAC took over a new role in the college football universe — the center of attention. The MAC presidents met virtually Saturday morning and decided to cancel the fall football season, a source told Yahoo Sports. The MAC will focus on playing football in the spring. Stadium first reported the development.
That was my personal Covid-19 college football prediction and still is---wait until Spring.
Last Edit: Aug 8, 2020 11:46:16 GMT -8 by Trojangles