The 2020 College Football Season

Written by Andrew Linn on August 24, 2020

There will be a college football season this year, but only around half of the schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of Division I will be playing this fall. The following conferences will be either having their football seasons in the spring or be possibly being cancelled altogether:  the Big Ten Conference, the Mid-American Conference (MAC), the Mountain West Conference, and the Pac-12 Conference.  In addition, Old Dominion, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Mexico State will also be postponing or canceling their football seasons.

The University of Nebraska (a member of the Big Ten Conference) has contemplated having a football season this fall (and thus being an exception in the Big Ten) but it is unclear if they will do so.

Meanwhile, the following conferences will be having their football seasons in the fall:  the American Athletic Conference, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), the Big Twelve Conference, Conference-USA, the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and the Sun Belt Conference.  In addition, the following Independents will also be having their football seasons this fall:  Army, Brigham Young University (BYU), and Liberty University. The University of Notre Dame will also be having a football season this fall, but it will do so as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference instead of being an Independent.

It should be noted that some of these schools will be reducing the number of non-conference games or not playing them at all.

As for the bowl games, it is unclear if they will be played at all. Only time will tell.

Meanwhile, various other college fall sports competitions are cancelled for this year.

Naturally, all of these changes are taking place because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

It is unfortunate that some of the schools are either postponing or cancelling their football seasons, and not just because the fans will not be able to watch them play, but also because of the economic impact such changes will have.  In addition, the ratings of various networks will be affected.  Such networks include Fox, ABC, the Big Ten Network, ESPN, and ESPN2.

Needless to say, these changes will make things seem quite unnatural for college football fans. But at least the 2020 season (which a few months ago seemed in doubt of taking place) will be played.

So for all of you college football fans out there, be glad the season has been salvaged and enjoy the games that are being played.


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Andrew Linn
Andrew Linn is a member of the Owensboro Tea Party and a former Field Representative for the Media Research Center. An ex-Democrat, he became a Republican one week after the 2008 Presidential Election. He has an M.A. in history from the University of Louisville, where he became a member of the Phi Alpha Theta historical honors society. He has also contributed to and Right Impulse Media.