Never has there ever been a college football season like this one for 2020, and hopefully there will never be another one like it again. The ongoing spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc with our football, our baseball, our basketball, and it is still raging across America. As off-beat as the sports scene has been in the US, all those involved are working to keep things together, and the college football season continues to crank away.
College Football Schedule Still Murky
The regular season for NCAA college football games is almost over. The FBS selection committee is still with us and the college playoffs between the four teams selected will go off much as they did last year, except that there will be no fans in the stands, which is still a little sad and something we could never get used to.
But for now, there are some good games this weekend to look forward to and cheer for, and a national championship at stake, as well, as the selection ceremony for the Heisman Trophy winner this year.
The schedules are hay-wire due to the fact that teams are now in many cases trying to make up games that were postponed earlier in the season because of the virus or because of hurricanes which came back to back and were most unwelcome.
But the games will go on this Saturday. ESPN’s Game Day will kick off the day in style as always and Lee Corso will don the crown of whomever he picks, and we can all forget about the coronavirus for a little while and just enjoy some good football games.
Gamblers Will Like This Weekend
Of course, the odds will still be posted and those who like to wager on college football will be at it again with their moneylines, Over/Unders and spreads. Some might accidentally win some money this weekend.
The early games on Saturday kick off with #11 Oklahoma going to challenge Mountaineers of West Virginia as 14-point favorites and looking to improve their resume and possibly finish in the top ten.
There are two big SEC games on early as #1 Alabama travels to Arkansas to take on the Razorbacks. Las Vegas oddsmakers are giving the underdog hogs a whopping 32 points.
Also from the SEC, we get #25 Missouri hosting #9 Georgia Bulldogs who are 13-point favorites.
In the afternoon we get the annual battle between Navy and Army gets featured every year by tradition alone as neither of the teams are hardly ever nationally ranked. Army will be favored this year by 5.5 points and the Over/Under is a low 40.5.
At the same time on Saturday afternoon, we have a matchup between two top twenty teams when #17 North Carolina Panthers goes down to Miami to take on the #10 Hurricanes as 3.5-point underdogs. In stark contrast to the Army-Navy game, the Over/Under for this one is set at 67.5!
The Beginning Of The End
Sports at times provided the only escape from the dread that all of us have been living with locked up in our homes and unable go out to eat or even to hug our grandparents for fear of losing them too.
However, college football and college campuses was where COVID-19 did the most damage, shutting down whole conferences and playing hell with the ones that kept going in spite of the threat. Still, things are advancing and, to some degree, sports seasons are surviving. It’s been a difficult road for everyone, but it looks more every day like the end of the debacle is in sight. Once that happens, we can all look back at 2020 as nothing more than a little bump in the road.