Real Pod Wednesdays: What Must Happen to Save The College Football Season After the Big Ten Cancels Non-Conference Games

By Dan Hope and Colin Hass-Hill on July 15, 2020 at 12:10 pm
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The reality that college football might not be played this fall became impossible to ignore over the past week.

The Big Ten canceled all non-conference games, as did the Pac-12, while several lower-level conferences canceled their fall sports seasons altogether. Ohio State was forced to pause its voluntary workouts due to COVID-19 cases before reopening on Tuesday. And many college athletics leaders, including Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith, acknowledged great concern over whether it will actually be feasible to play college football in 2020.

So that's the main topic of discussion once again on this week's episode of Real Pod Wednesdays, as we consider why the Big Ten made the decision it did now and whether that could help the conference salvage the 2020 season. What must happen over the next two months for football to be played this fall, and if it can't be, what could a spring season look like? We contemplate all of that.

Then, we wrap up our State of the Position series with a look at Ohio State's present and future at safety, where the Buckeyes will be counting on Josh Proctor and/or Marcus Hooker to step up in a big way whenever they do get back on the field.

Once again, Colin and I discuss each of our Three Things We Think for this week – including why Ohio State should release its COVID-19 testing numbers, why it would really be disappointing if Ohio State never plays another basketball game in St. John Arena and why the NCAA needs to make up its mind on C.J. Saunders' appeal for a sixth year of eligibility – and we conclude by answering a few listener questions.

Listen to Real Pod Wednesdays in the audio player above or on your streaming platform of choice (iTunesSpotifyGoogle PlayStitcherTuneIn). 

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