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How college football unraveled over the course of the weekend
If the last time you checked into what was going on with Georgia and college football was Friday evening, boy oh boy have things taken a turn. All the excitement —or anger — that transpired following the SEC’s announcement of the two additional SEC opponents for the 2020 season seemed to dry up Sunday evening amid reports that the Big Ten was on the verge of canceling its fall season and trying to get other conferences to do so.
Along the way, a prominent Group of 5 conference announced it would not be playing a fall season and some of the biggest stars in the sport took to Twitter to voice their desire to play this season and ultimately form a College Football Players Association.
So how did we get here? And what comes next? We’ll try our best to recap all of that below.
Friday evening: The SEC announced the additional opponents for the 2020 college football season. Georgia drew Arkansas and Mississippi State, two of the weaker teams in the SEC West. For the most part, the league didn’t try and make the heavyweights’ schedules — Georgia, Alabama, LSU and Florida — any more difficult than they already were. The same could not be said for the likes of Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee.
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But for the most part, it felt normal to discuss college football and a 2020 season again. Georgia fans seemed fairly happy about what transpired that evening.
Saturday morning: The first big news of the day was that the Mid-American Conference would not be playing college football this fall. Conference commissioner Jon Steinbrecher made it official on Saturday morning, making the MAC the first FBS conference to postpone all fall sports for 2020. The University of Connecticut had announced earlier that it would also not be playing football this fall.
“I’m crushed by this decision. I am so disappointed,” Steinbrecher said. “It’s just crushing that we can’t facilitate the opportunities this fall because of circumstances around us. I’m heartbroken on that. The flip side is I take comfort, and I would say our presidents take comfort, and I assume all others that we’re making decisions for the right reasons.”