Sticking with the college football theme, as well as fall sports, we learned yesterday that the Big Ten Conference (B1G) will play a conference only schedule, pending it is safe to play games in a few months.Conference only schedules will allow every member of the conference to be able to pivot (if needed).
Tomorrow – Wednesday, July 1, to be exact – marks the beginning of the second half of 2020. Crazy, right?
Let’s end the month of June on a high note, as well as a brand new ‘Daily Noontime,’ too!
Noontime’s Headlines for Tuesday, June 30
Yesterday – Monday, June 29, to be exact – we learned that Williams College would not be playing football this fall. In fact, all fall sports have been canceled, and that every team (and program) will not “travel and compete during the fall semester,” according to Williams president Maud S. Mandel.
Williams joins a small, but growing list of schools that have announced they will not play games this fall due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The Bobcats could play some games this fall, but safety will be the main focus. Additionally, it is possible some fall sports teams could play games in the spring.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst will be offering a majority of its classes remotely this fall while students will be allowed to return to campus. But like most schools, life on a college campus will be so much different than it was one year ago at this time.
Incoming UMass students, including first-years, would have to abide by the school’s plans to keep everyone safe with mask-wearing to social distancing to limiting contact with others.
Switching gears to professional football, if Cam Newton is healthy and ready to play in week one, then the New England Patriots could be a Super Bowl contender again, according to the good folks in Las Vegas.
Are you planning to attend a college football game this fall? If so, do you worry about your health and safety while cheering on your favorite program?
Mike Reiss of ESPN.com believes the Cam Newton signing is “a no-lose situation” for the Patriots, who currently have two quarterbacks on their roster, including Jarrett Stidham, who some believed would be the starting signal-caller this season.
In addition to welcoming Cam Newton to Massachusetts on Sunday evening, the Patriots also made headlines for violating league rules last season for filming the Cincinnati Bengals‘ sidelines when they played the Cleveland Browns.
As noted on ProFootballTalk.com, the Patriots have been fined $1.1 million dollars and have lost a third-round draft pick.
According to ColinCowherd, who can be heard (and seen) on FS1, there are only four “top college football programs” in the good ole United States of America. Which ones are they?
And finally, Brooklyn Nets forward Wilson Chandler announced he will not be headed to Orlando, Florida once his team’s season resumes next month.
Chandler cited “health concerns” for his decision to not join his team, which has won 30 games this season.
But remember: Tampa Bay hasn’t made the playoffs since 2007. And for that to change in 2020, three things need to happen:
A running game would help since they haven’t had one in several years.
The secondary needs to be much better, though it showed some improvement after getting rid of Vernon Hargreaves, who is currently a member of the Houston Texans (he was released by the team earlier this year, but resigned last month).
The offensive line needs to improve dramatically.
Tom Brady alone cannot lead the Bucs to the postseason, though many bandwagon fans feel differently. Everyone remembers all of Jameis Winston’s interceptions last year. What the stats don’t show, is how often he was running for his life. Brady’s going to be doing a lot of scrambling if the pass protection remains poor.
The anticipation for this season – hopefully with fans in the stadium – is through the roof. Let’s get it on.
The Buccaneers will play a record five-night games this year – yes, that is a franchise record, for those keeping track at home. Of course, some games could be flexed in or out of certain time slots, but for now, Tampa Bay is scheduled to play five games under the lights: on the road against the Chicago Bears, Las Vegas Raiders, and New York Giants, and home games against the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams. All five of those games are over a span of seven weeks.
Oh, and we get Brady against Drew Brees in the season-opener in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Brady won his first Super Bowl with the New England Patriots in 2002 in the same building.
Without further delay, here’s the schedule. Time to start planning some road trips to Florida, everyone!
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2020 Schedule
Week One (Sept. 13, 2020): Tampa Bay at New Orleans Saints, 4:25 p.m.
Week Two (Sept. 20, 2020): Tampa Bay vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.
Week Three (Sept. 27, 2020): Tampa Bay at Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m.
Week Four (Oct. 4, 2020): Tampa Bay vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 1 p.m.
Week Five (Oct. 8, 2020): Tampa Bay at Chicago Bears, 8:20 p.m.
Week Six (Oct. 18, 2020): Tampa Bay vs. Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m.
Week Seven (Oct. 25, 2020): Tampa Bay at Las Vegas Raiders, 8:20 p.m.
Week Eight (Nov. 2, 2020): Tampa Bay at New York Giants, 8:15 p.m.
Week Nine (Nov. 8, 2020): Tampa Bay vs. New Orleans Saints, 8:20 p.m.
Week 10 (Nov. 15, 2020): Tampa Bay at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.
Week 11 (Nov. 23, 2020): Tampa Bay vs. Los Angeles Rams, 8:15 p.m.
Week 12 (Nov. 29, 2020): Tampa Bay vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 4:25 p.m.
Week 13: Bye Week
Week 14 (Dec. 13, 2020): Tampa Bay vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m.
Week 15 (Dec. 20, 2020): Tampa Bay at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.
Week 16 (TBD): Tampa Bay at Detroit Lions
Week 17 (Jan. 3, 2021): Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.