We are at the quarter pole of the weirdest season in recent college football history, and things have been... pretty okay? Despite a 21% cancellation rate of scheduled games to this point, it seems like we will have a relatively fully booked season, with news that several leagues expect to resume play in the coming weeks — after initially canceling for the fall.
Who is benefitting this fall? Well, it seems like the offense. “As for the impact on the actual football? The September data says that playing through a pandemic with abnormal preparation favors the offense over the defense. Scoring is at 30.48 points per team per game, which is higher than the record of 30.0 set in 2016. Yards per game is 416.54, which is less than a yard off the record that also was set in ’16. Yards per play (5.85), yards per pass attempt (7.7), completion percentage (.617) and fewest punts per game per team (4.4) all on are record pace.”
Even TCU benefitted from that, after a couple years of ineptitude on that side of the ball.
Will we see these high flying teams in the postseason? Well, if you’re reading this, congratulations — you’re bowl eligible. Yes, even Nebraska and Kansas. “Last week, the Division I Football Oversight Committee recommended waiving the requirements for bowl eligibility this fall amid shortened, mostly conference-only schedules.
The Football Oversight Committee’s recommendation would eliminate the six-win requirement for the 2020-21 season and means bowl season could start as early as Dec. 1 — without restrictions.”
The Fun Belt suffered a rare loss this week — but by not playing a game. One of the sport’s best rivalries, Troy and South Alabama have had their matchup postponed due to a COVID outbreak. “We are obviously disappointed for our team but certainly respect this decision,” said Troy Director of Athletics Brent Jones in a statement.
In other, more dumb news, uhhh... Army assistant coach dude, what are you doing, baby?
Football coaches shouldn't headbutt players wearing helmets. pic.twitter.com/HzDZDIQBrH— Steve Fuller (@fullsteve) September 26, 2020
Football coaches are something else, man.
In other examples of football coaches being hilarious, did you catch this line from Mike Leach?
Mike leach after beating LSU:— Emmanuel Acho (@EmmanuelAcho) September 26, 2020
“We played LSU because New England, Green Bay, and the Chiefs already had somebody scheduled”
How did it take so long to get him to the SEC??!!