Is the 2020 college football season going to happen?
That's the question everyone would like answered right now. Unfortunately, we're still two months away from knowing. Student-athletes have returned to campus and teams are getting ready to have fall camp, but too many positive tests could derail things.
All we can do for now is make predictions. ESPN College GameDay host Rece Davis shared his latest prediction during a SportsCenter appearance.
“In some form, it’s still really high. I think they’re going to play,” Davis said. “There certainly might be some alterations to the schedule as you and I were talking earlier, particularly among teams outside the Power 5, potentially their schedules could be impacted. But I think that there’s still a great deal of optimism and reason to think the game will be played.”
Davis admitted that there are still hurdles to clear, but he thinks we have enough time to figure it out.
“I think there’s still so much to learn over the next couple of months,” Davis added. “What all of these positive tests at a variety of schools across the country mean? What does it mean by virtue of the fact that, at least based on what’s been reported up to this point, it seems that not many players thankfully have not gotten seriously ill? So all of those things I think will unfold over the next several weeks, and then once to practices start, does that impact testing and sickness and that type of thing? So many things could change but I still have a great deal of optimism that there will be a season.”
Davis said just one thing could stop the season from happening - and it's the obvious one.
“Serious illness, within a team or on a campus,” Davis answered. “That type of thing I think would make everybody take another step back and look at it and say this is not a tenable situation. I hope and pray that doesn’t happen, because you don’t want anyone, not because the football just because you don’t want anyone to get seriously ill. I think that’s the number one concern.”
Of course, hopefully that does not happen.
The 2020 college football season is scheduled to begin in late August/early September. Clemson and Ohio State are expected to begin the year as the national title favorites.