With the landscape of the 2020 college football betting campaign changing almost daily depending on what conference you’re talking about, it’s time to take a look at the most recent news going on in the collegiate gridiron world.
On The Midnight Train From Georgia
The Georgia Bulldogs were planning on starting #WakeForest graduate transfer Jamie Newman under center, but that’s no longer the case with the dual-threat signal-caller opting-out of the upcoming campaign Wednesday because of coronavirus concerns. Newman, who is expected to be a relatively early NFL draft pick next year, leaves the #Georgia program without having suited up for head coach Kirby Smart.
“I would like to thank Coach [Kirby] Smart for extending the opportunity for me to be a part of the University of Georgia football program,” Newman said on Twitter. “Although my time has been short I’ve built some great relationships and I’ve had a chance to continue my development.”
— Jamie Newman (@jlmn12_) September 2, 2020
We’re Out Like Shout
A whopping 60 college football players have opted-out of the upcoming season. Defending champion #LSU loses four players, including gifted junior wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase, who is expected to be a first-round NFL Draft pick. Maryland loses six players to opt-out and #North Carolina, four, but #Central Florida takes the big hit in the country, with 10 players, including two starters, collectively saying “we’re out like shout.”
“We’ve tried to educate our guys continuously as to what the practices are,” head coach Josh Heupel told reporters Tuesday. “Educate them as to what we’re doing here to keep them as safe as possible. Each of these kids who chose to opt-out has different reasons behind their decisions. They’re valid, they’re real, and we support those guys and we’ll continue to help them.”
We’re In Like Flynn
The Big 12, ACC, Conference USA, the Sun Belt, and AAC begin play over the next two weeks, along with a handful of FCS programs. The SEC starts up two weeks later, Sept. 26. By contrast, Central Arkansas will have three games under its belt by the time in-state counterpart Arkansas plays its first.
No Football This Fall
While the College Football Playoff could be nearing its completion, the Big Ten and Pac-12 winners could meet sometime in March. The FCS playoffs are scheduled to get underway in mid-April and finish in mid-May, with the NFL Draft expected to be somewhere in between.
Here’s a look at the latest developments on when each conference is scheduled to begin.
They’re Out, We’re In
Just like Major League Baseball has experienced since the start of its shortened, 60-game schedule this season, you should expect to see several teams changing depth charts on an almost weekly basis as some players – and more importantly, starters – test positive for coronavirus over the course of this season.
For reference, look no further than last week’s season-opening clash between #Central Arkansas and #Austin Peay. Central Arkansas recorded a 24-17 win to get the 2020 campaign off to a positive start, but the Bears were undeniably helped by the fact that all of Austin Peay’s long snappers were apparently under quarantine and forced to stay home and their replacement snapper botched a pair of snaps.
FOC Set To Meet
The Football Oversight Committee will meet to discuss a potential, 13-week season for conferences that aren’t playing this fall.
Real or Fake News National Championship
The controversy is already afoot with a handful of coaches from the Big Ten and Pac-12 already questioning whether there can actually be a real national championship without either of their conferences competing.
“If everybody’s not involved,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said, “how is there a true champion?”
“At the very least for me, there should be an asterisk,” Stanford coach David Shaw said.
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