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College football schedule 2020: The 28 games already postponed or canceled due to COVID-19

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With COVID-19 still raging across the country, it was long expected that many college football games would be postponed if not outright canceled over the course of the season. As we enter Week 5 of the 2020 season, there have now been 24 games affected by COVID-19 with most postponements coming as a result of contact tracing protocols that require players to quarantine for 14 days if they are deemed to have been in high-risk contact with someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Some teams, such as Houston, Memphis, Baylor, FAU, Virginia Tech, Arkansas State, Charlotte and Rice have already experienced multiple game disruptions. Even those who have not seen a game postponed yet are living day-by-day as COVID-19 test results and subsequent contact tracing dictate if — and how effectively — they will be able to play as scheduled.

Some leagues, such as the Big 12 and SEC, have established minimum player thresholds requiring that teams have a certain number of players available at specific positions. The disruptions have highlighted the issues facing the 2020 season with two of the Power Five conferences (four overall) still yet to begin play. The SEC is scheduled to start on Sept. 26 with the Big Ten slated to return the weekend of Oct. 24 and the Pac-12 eyeing a return on Nov. 6.

The Big Ten and Pac-12 announced they plan to conduct daily testing, which should help programs identify positive cases quickly and reduce the burden of contact tracing. But even with daily testing, successfully holding a season with no bye weeks leading up to the College Football Playoff will be a challenge.

Here is the full list of college football game postponements.

ULM at Troy

Sept. 5

Dec. 5

SMU at TCU

Sept. 11

TBD

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College football schedule, Week 8 kickoff times: Alabama-Tennessee picked as SEC on CBS Game of the Week

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One of the great SEC rivalries will be in the spotlight on Week 8 with Alabama and Tennessee now set to face off in the SEC on CBS Game of the Week. The Oct. 24 date between the Crimson Tide and Volunteers will be the 102nd meeting in the series with the Tide holding a 56-38-7 all-time advantage.

The game will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET from Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee, with Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson and Jamie Erdahl on the call. 

Among the many interesting storylines surrounding this year’s meeting is the latest chance for Jeremy Pruitt to measure his program against the class of the conference. Coming off a second-half collapse against Georgia, the Vols and their fans will be looking for a full four-quarter show of competitiveness against their traditional October rival. There is a lot of excitement about how Pruitt has elevated the program on the recruiting trail and in its eight-game winning streak that stretched from the 2019 season to the loss at Georgia. Hower, as Phillip Fulmer has mentioned, Tennessee will be judged by how it performs against three teams: Georgia, Florida and Alabama. 

Other highlights from the Week 8 schedule in the SEC include Georgia’s trip to face Kentucky, Auburn traveling to take on Lane Kiffin and Ole Miss, and Florida hosting a Missouri team that’s looking more dangerous after a win against LSU.

All times Eastern

SEC

  • Noon — Auburn at Ole Miss — SEC Network
  • 3:30 p.m. — Alabama at Tennessee — CBS 
  • 4 p.m. — South Carolina at LSU — SEC Network
  • 7 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. — Missouri at Florida — ESPN or SEC Network
  • 7 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. — Georgia at Kentucky — ESPN or SEC Network

ACC

Big Ten

Big 12

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College football schedule 2020: The 27 games already postponed or canceled due to COVID-19

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With COVID-19 still raging across the country, it was long expected that many college football games would be postponed if not outright canceled over the course of the season. As we enter Week 5 of the 2020 season, there have now been 24 games affected by COVID-19 with most postponements coming as a result of contact tracing protocols that require players to quarantine for 14 days if they are deemed to have been in high-risk contact with someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Some teams, such as Houston, Memphis, Baylor, FAU, Virginia Tech, Arkansas State, Charlotte and Rice have already experienced multiple game disruptions. Even those who have not seen a game postponed yet are living day-by-day as COVID-19 test results and subsequent contact tracing dictate if — and how effectively — they will be able to play as scheduled.

Some leagues, such as the Big 12 and SEC, have established minimum player thresholds requiring that teams have a certain number of players available at specific positions. The disruptions have highlighted the issues facing the 2020 season with two of the Power Five conferences (four overall) still yet to begin play. The SEC is scheduled to start on Sept. 26 with the Big Ten slated to return the weekend of Oct. 24 and the Pac-12 eyeing a return on Nov. 6.

The Big Ten and Pac-12 announced they plan to conduct daily testing, which should help programs identify positive cases quickly and reduce the burden of contact tracing. But even with daily testing, successfully holding a season with no bye weeks leading up to the College Football Playoff will be a challenge.

Here is the full list of college football game postponements.

ULM at Troy

Sept. 5

Dec. 5

SMU at TCU

Sept. 11

TBD

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College Football Rankings 2020: Week 7 Polls, Schedule and Standings Predictions | Bleacher Report

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One of the most anticipated games of the college football season will give us an insight into which team may be the best College Football Playoff contender out of the SEC.

No. 2 Alabama hosts No. 3 Georgia Saturday night at Bryant-Denny Stadium in a game that should take over the national spotlight. This will also be the first time the the two teams have met in the regular season since 2015. 

The winner of the SEC showdown will be viewed as the top contender to Clemson in the Top 25 rankings and will gain a massive advantage in the playoff discussion. 

Although no other ranked programs face each other in the upcoming week, seven Top 25 sides have to go on the road, and some may have tougher challenges on their hands than expected. 

          

Week 7 Schedule

All Times ET.

Wednesday, October 14

Coastal Carolina at No. 21 Louisiana (7:30 p.m., ESPN)

       

Friday, October 16

No. 17 SMU at Tulane (6 p.m., ESPN)

No. 15 BYU at Houston (9 p.m., ESPN)

     

Saturday, October 17

No. 1 Clemson at Georgia Tech (Noon, ABC)

No. 8 Cincinnati at Tulsa (Noon, ESPN2)

Pittsburgh at No. 13 Miami (Noon, ACC Network)

No. 14 Auburn at South Carolina (Noon, ESPN)

Louisville at No. 4 Notre Dame (2:30 p.m., NBC)

LSU at No. 10 Florida (3:30 p.m., ESPN)

No. 11 Texas A&M at Mississippi State (4 p.m., SEC Network)

No. 5 North Carolina at Florida State (7 p.m., ESPN)

No. 3 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama (8 p.m., CBS)

Boston College at No. 23 Virginia Tech (8 p.m., ACC Network)

            

Predictions

Alabama Handles Georgia At Home, Tests Clemson For No. 1 Spot

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Since the two best teams in the SEC last met in regular-season play, Alabama have taken wins

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College football odds, lines, schedule for Week 7: Alabama opens as favorite over Georgia at home

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It is never too early to take a look at the lines for next week’s action, and the William Hill Sportsbook has released them for Week 7 action already. That includes the huge SEC showdown between SEC teams as No. 2 Alabama hosts No. 3 Georgia in Tuscaloosa next Saturday night on CBS.

While that’s going to be a great game between the only remaining undefeated teams in the SEC, it’s also the only game between ranked teams in Week 7. Though, I suppose if we’re only going to get one matchup between ranked teams, we might as well make it a couple of top-three sides.

There are some other games worth keeping an eye on, though. Particularly as some teams look to bounce back from a rough weekend, while other upstarts look to prove their worth. Let’s take a look at some of the bigger games for the weekend.

No. 3 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama (-6): As I said above, not only is this the only matchup between ranked teams this weekend, it’s also a game between the final unbeaten teams in the SEC. This game’s story will be the Alabama offense against a Georgia defense that’s been phenomenal through three games. Alabama got into an old-fashioned Big 12-style shootout with Ole Miss on Saturday night, but it will find the resistance a bit stronger against this defense. Of course, it’ll also be just as important to see if the Georgia offense can keep pace with Alabama. This is going to be a great game and a possible SEC Championship — and College Football Playoff? — preview.

No. 1 Clemson (-27) at Georgia Tech: Clemson’s playing another ACC game, so of course, it’s favored by nearly four touchdowns. Honestly, it’s pretty crazy to think that the

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