College football season starting sooner than expected? NCAA issues waiver allowing all teams to start earlier than expected
While many fans have been pessimistic regarding the fate of the upcoming college football season, it appears the 2020 season will not only start, but it could start sooner than expected for many programs.
According to multiple reports, the NCAA has granted a waiver to every FBS college football program to start the season a week early, on Saturday, Aug. 29, also known as Week 0. Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports was the first to report the news.
This comes just days after Oklahoma successfully managed to move its season opener against Missouri State up a week from Saturday, Sept. 5, to Saturday, Aug. 29.
Here’s what Thamel reported on Monday:
“An NCAA e-mail obtained by @YahooSports issues a ‘blanket waiver’ to allow all FBS schools to start on Aug. 29, known as Week 0. The waiver was requested by Football Oversight Committee and will provide ‘additional flexibility’ for schools navigating this season.
“Conferences received the notice Monday evening: ‘Relief is provided on a one-time basis for the 2020 football season due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.’ The edict came from the NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative relief.”
This means that teams will have two weeks to adjust after playing in the season opener before continuing the season, provided they move up the start of their regular season. It’s safe to assume Tennessee is likely going to make this move, as the Vols are scheduled to travel to Oklahoma during Week 2 of the season (on Sept. 12) and won’t likely freely give the Sooners an advantage in that matchup.
Some SEC teams are currently scrambling to find opponents to play Week 1 of the season and now have to figure out which weekend of the season they want to play their 2020 season openers.