Unprecedented Upsets: Coronavirus is Dominating College Football 

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Daisy Koffler

It’s obvious at this point that the COVID-19 pandemic impacts businesses and everyday working for Americans. One industry, however, is desperately trying to escape the socially distanced world we living are in. But it’s not working. The Coronavirus is defeating the college football season. Now, stadiums are practically empty, and the actual playing is hanging on by a thread.

                                                                                           

Despite efforts to keep the season alive, Division 1 football games continue to be postponed due to cases of Coronavirus within teams and staff. A game scheduled for December 5th between the Miami University Redhawks and the Kent State Golden Flashes was cancelled after people tested positive. This is just one of the 110 games already cancelled or postponed from COVID-19 issues. For fans of college football, they have to experience yet another disappointment of 2020. 

Despite efforts to keep the season alive, Division 1 football games continue to be postponed due to cases of Coronavirus within teams and staff. A game scheduled for December 5th between the Miami University Redhawks and the Kent State Golden Flashes was cancelled after people tested positive. This is just one of the 110 games already cancelled or postponed from COVID-19 issues. For fans of college football, they have to experience yet another disappointment of 2020. 

WESS Junior Josh Unger is one of many college football fans facing this challenge. “At least two games I had looked forward to have been cancelled so far,” said Unger.

Schedule changes are not the only attempt to keep games going. The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) announced on December 1st some of the match-ups that will move original game locations and implement additional COVID-19 safety protocols. Even with some of the measures taken to sustain this season, it’s not going very well.  

Some Americans are angry at the ways this league responded to the pandemic, appearing to prioritize sports over health. 

The Chicago Tribune calls 2020 Fall college football a “cruel joke” and “staggering failure on the part of America’s universities,” explaining that they risked the health of everyone involved and hypocritically ignored the ways that the rest of the nation has adapted for COVID-19. Shouldn’t these schools be stepping up?

In addition to their lackluster responses to the pandemic, college football leagues are letting down anticipating fans. 

Eleventh grade student Nicholas Badagliacca is unsatisfied by this flighty season. “When there is a game that I am looking forward to, I get really excited and make sure that I have all my work done and nothing in my way…I am disappointed due to the lack of good college football games on TV,” Badagliacca stated. 

COVID-19 is rampant across the country. Experts say the pandemic will only get worse during Winter and the upcoming holiday season. Yet, the College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship game is still planned to play on January 11 at the Hard Rock Stadium. Whether or not the league will finally shut down from Coronavirus cases will only be revealed with time. Fans’ questions could become not who, but rather if, there will be a winner at all. This pandemic makes the title for Champion more unpredictable than ever before.