The 2020 college football season is still very much in doubt as the coronavirus pandemic surges in many areas of the country. Announcements have been made by a few conferences — including the Big Ten — that their teams will play conference-only schedules this fall if athletics take place.
The conference-only slate allows uniform policies to be put into place to protect the athletes and coaches, as well as limiting cross-country travel. However, the talk is that the schedules will be structured in a way that might account for the possibility that the seasons have to be paused or canceled altogether in progress.
Of course as the numbers continue to rise, especially in the south and out west, some believe that we are charging towards an inevitability that college football is not played this fall at all. Some leagues have discussed the possibility of moving their seasons to the spring. Should this occur, we could very well see an exodus of pro prospects from playing to instead prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft. It would also mean a quick turnaround for the 2021 fall season even if they pushed back the start a bit.
Perhaps all of the discussion is for naught and it is not played until 2021 when everyone has their ducks in a row. There does not really seem to be a consensus at the moment.
Taking everything into account, which of the three outcomes do you see being the best option given everything taking place? Vote in the poll below.
Which of the three options around the 2020 season is the best?
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Start in the fall with potential for delays/cancelations
Start in the spring with full schedule, but potentially lose out on NFL talent being showcased
Punt the entire operation until fall 2021