As what should have been the start of the normal college football season draws near, schools and conferences are scrambling to either put together a 2020 schedule or cancel all together, while some have already postponed or canceled the season.
Last Wednesday, the Big Ten released conference-only schedules for all 14 teams, on Friday the SEC did the same. Other leagues have made similar decisions since, or at least dramatically cut back on non-conference games. Fans, however, hope this is a one-year trend.
According to results from the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, more than half of NCAA football fans don’t want schedules to focus on conference games beyond this season.
While focusing on conference games was a relatively easy fix for most teams, not every school had that option. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish, notoriously independent, instead came to an agreement with the ACC for the 2020 season.
Notre Dame competes in the ACC for other sports, but has remained independent for football. This year, however, they have agreed to an ACC schedule. Nationally, fans hope this becomes the new reality going forward. More than two-thirds of fans said they hope Notre Dame stays in the ACC permanently.
ACC fans specifically were even more in favor of the concept, 88% of fans from ACC schools voted in favor. Notre Dame had long been linked to the Big Ten. But 59% of Big Ten fans are still in favor of the midwestern team staying in the ACC.
On the other side of things, Notre Dame fans dramatically disagree. Nearly 90% of Notre Dame fans think the team should again be independent after this season.
Now we wait to see if the season is canceled, postponed, or the schools and conferences keep pretending like everything is fine while not providing a sufficient backup plan when things go awry.
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