NCAA To Allow Major CFB Teams To Move Up Season-Openers

Folks, we are now officially four weeks away from the 2020 college football season.

Many fans, including myself, are a bit hesitant as to whether if the football season will start in time. Well, we finally got an update regarding the start of the college football season on Tuesday. According to Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel, the NCAA is issuing a “blanket waiver” to all FBS programs who want to move their season opener to “week zero” on Aug. 29.

In other words, the NCAA will allow programs to move their season opener up a week early. CBS’ Sports Barrett Sallee also added that teams who chose to move their opener to week zero could start practice as early as this Saturday, Aug. 1.

This is good and promising news for us college football fans. There have been talks of delaying the season for weeks due to Big Ten and Pac-12 announcing their moves to conference-only schedules in early July. So, for the NCAA to double-down and allow teams to start their seasons earlier than planned is a promising sign that a football season will happen.

This decision from the NCAA comes after Oklahoma moved its season-opener against Missouri State to “week zero” over the weekend. This means that Oklahoma will now have a bye week before the Tennessee Vols come to Norman on Sept. 12 if the game still occurs.

I expect many programs in the next couple days to move their season openers to week zero. If I am Tennessee, I would take full advantage of this blanket waiver that the NCAA gave to every FBS program. Oklahoma moved their season-opener, so it only makes sense that the Vols should do the same for their opener against Charlotte.

The Big Orange should counter and make the same exact move.