Report: Alabama already working on deal to replace USC if the Trojans are not able to play to open 2020 season
No one yet knows how the 2020 college football season will play out but at least one school is already working to fill its non-conference schedule in case its marquee out of conference opponent fails to show up for the game.
The concern that some leagues may be ready to play while others are not, likely due to state or federal regulations, isn’t something just fans are talking about, the schools themselves are concerned about that very real possibility in the months to come.
According to SEC Network host Paul Finebaum, who was recently a guest on ESPN morning show “Get Up,” while Alabama may be concerned about this issue, the school is already working hard to find a way around a hole in its schedule in the event that USC cannot play Week 1 in Arlington.
When asked who will be making the final decisions on the upcoming season, Finebaum noted the Power 5 leagues will decide for themselves before dropping an interesting nugget regarding Alabama’s talks with TCU to replace USC, if need be, come Sept. 5.
“It’s going to come down to the five Power 5 commissioners. Those are the men who will sit at the table and decide,” Finebaum said on the show. “And one thing very interesting about this, there’s already scrambling going on. Alabama plays Southern Cal in the first game of the season at Jerry’s World, there’s already talk going on between Alabama and TCU about meeting instead of the other two because TCU plays at Berkeley and the California schools, they do not believe, will be available for that date.”
Based on that comment from Finebaum, TCU is also concerned that Cal may not be ready to play come Week 1 — TCU and Cal are set to meet to open the 2020 season. If that were to occur, TCU would be wise to welcome a marquee matchup against Alabama inside the Lone Star State as opposed to losing out on an opportunity to face the Bears to open the 2020 season.