College Football 2020: Still More Questions Than Answers

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Whit Babcock and his peers, not to mention university presidents, chancellors, coaches, and players, are wondering what comes next. (Ivan Morozov)

Yesterday’s decision by the Big Ten and Pac-12 to not play sports this fall put what was already a college football season on the brink into jeopardy even further.  While the ACC and the SEC currently remain committed to playing, the Big 12 is straddling the fence, and if they go the way of the Big Ten and the Pac-12, then as much as the ACC and SEC want to play, I think that would be very difficult to do from a perception standpoint, if the other three Power 5 conferences have cancelled.

But even if the Big 12 announced today that they were dedicated to playing, and those three leagues went ahead with football season, there would still be more questions than answers.  My biggest question in that scenario wouldn’t be about the 2020 season.  I don’t know how bowls would be set up, or the playoffs, and I don’t really care.  My biggest questions are centered around 2021 and beyond, if some of the conferences end up playing (either in the fall or the spring) and some don’t.

The players have questions, too. There was a #WeWantToPlay movement on Twitter earlier