Noontime Commentary: Where Things Stand With College Football

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The question of if and when college football returns should be answered in the coming weeks. (PHOTO COURTESY: Ken Lund on Visualhunt.com / CC BY-SA)

By Matt Noonan 

For the moment, it appears as if the upcoming college football season is in limbo.

There has been a lot of talk and insight from various minds these past few weeks about the 2020 season. Some think a 12-week campaign is feasible while others are hesitant – can we really play games in the midst of a pandemic?

And then there is the issue surrounding testing. Will there be enough for every player, coach, and team representative? How many times will they need to be tested? And what happens if a coach, player, or team representative contracts the virus? Would that mean Saturday’s game against Clemson University or Florida State is canceled or postponed?

As Notre Dame‘s athletic director Jack Swarbrick told Sports Illustrated last week, “Statistically, if you have 20,000 students on campus, chances are pretty good that some are coming back with the virus. We’ll be testing like crazy.”

Testing will be the key for not just Notre Dame, but every institution – big or small – with keeping students, faculty, and staff safe during these unprecedented times.

While many are anxious for some news and announcements about the upcoming college football season, as well as if and when schools will be open, it appears those decisions should be coming in the next few weeks. And it is possible some decisions such as if and when a fall sports season could occur, may come as late as mid-July.

So, for the moment, we wait and anxiously scour the internet and social media for any breadcrumb we can find about the upcoming college football season, along with the new normal.

Mass. College Football: Weekend Schedule (Week 5)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The fifth week of the college football season is just about to commence. Yet, before the first touchdown or field goal is recorded, let’s at least provide the weekend schedule, so you’ll know what’s on tap.

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Friday, September 28:

* Holy Cross at Harvard, 7PM

* Stonehill College at Bentley University, 7PM

Saturday, September 29:

* Hobart at WPI, 12PM

* Curry College at Endicott College, 12PM

* Mass. Maritime at Framingham State, 12PM

* UMass Dartmouth at MIT, 12PM

* Anna Maria at Galludet, 12PM

* Merrimack College at Pace, 1PM

* Worcester State at Maine Maritime, 1PM

* Bridgewater State at Westfield State, 1PM

* Amherst College at Bowdoin College, 1PM

* Bates College at Tufts University, 1PM

* Norwich at Mount Ida, 1PM

* Salve Regina at Western New England College, 1PM

* Nichols College at Plymouth State, 1PM

* American International College at Assumption College, 1PM

* Fitchburg State at Coast Guard, 1:30PM

* Trinity at Williams College, 1:30PM

* Ohio at UMass (Gillette Stadium), 3:30PM

* Clemson University at Boston College, 3:30PM

* Husson at Becker College, 4PM

* Springfield College at Union, 6PM