This is now a COVID-19 crisis redefined for college football. We’re 38 days from the conference championship games and two additional from the College Football Playoff semifinals commence — and yet — the sport is running out of runway.
The SEC on Tuesday postponed three games over coronavirus concerns. For the first time, there is the possibility the conference may cancel a game. Alabama-LSU came into the season as the game of the year. Now, it might not even be played.
Will that particular game matter? The answer isn’t altogether evident, but the more time that ticks off the calendar brings a clearer answer: What ifs? are turning into what nows?
The count now stands at 52 FBS games this season that have been canceled or postponed. That’s approximately a full Saturday of games for all 127 teams playing this fall. On the surface, that shouldn’t be a surprise.