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NCAA football is one of the most popular sports in the United States. Every fall, millions of fans tune in to watch their favorite teams compete.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic has put a halt to the 2020 season. As of now, it is unclear when or if the season will resume.
This article will provide an overview of the current situation and give updates on when NCAA football may return.
The History of NCAA Football
NCAA football is a college football game played by teams of student athletes fielded by American universities, colleges, and military academies. It was first introduced in 1869 when teams from Princeton and Rutgers universities played the first intercollegiate football game.
Today, NCAA Football is a multi-billion dollar enterprise generate income for television networks, athletic departments, coaches, and universities through ticket sales, merchandise sales, and broadcasting rights. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is the governing body of college athletics in the United States. The NCAA oversees more than 1,268 member schools and 52 conferences.
The NCAA Football season typically begins in late August and ends in early January with the playing of bowl games. The regular season consists of 12 or more games played by each team. Most teams play 8 games against conference opponents and 4 non-conference opponents. The conference championship games are usually played in December.
The Bowl Championship Series (BCS) was a selection system that was used to determine the top two teams to play in the BCS National Championship Game. The BCS National Championship Game was a single game that determined the national champion of NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) since 1998. The BCS was replaced by the College Football Playoff (CFP) starting with the 2014 season.
The CFP is a four-team tournament that determines the FBS national champion. The playoff system is designed to keep most of the major bowl games relevant and to create excitement for college football fans throughout the country leading up to and during bowl season in late December and early January.
The Current State of NCAA Football
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is the organization that governs college football in the United States. As of the current moment, the NCAA has not made a decision on when or if college football will return in the fall.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation or postponement of many college football seasons around the world. In the United States, the NCAA governs college football at the Division I, II, and III levels. While Division I and II schools have mostly made decisions on whether or not to play this fall, Division III schools have not yet made a decision.
The NCAA has said that they will make a decision on whether or not to have a fall season by August 1st. Many schools and conferences have already canceled their fall seasons, but some are still holding out hope that there will be some form of college football this fall.
Only time will tell what the future of NCAA Football holds, but as of right now, there is no clear answer.
When Is NCAA Football Coming Back?
NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) is the highest level of college football in the United States. The FBS is the most competitive subdivision of NCAA Division I, which itself consists of the largest and most competitive schools in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
As of 2020, there are 10 conferences and 130 institutions in FBS. They include not only public universities, but also private research universities.
The regular season begins the last Saturday in August and ends on Labor Day weekend with 12 or 13 scheduled games for most teams. The college football season typically culminates with bowl games at the end of December and early January.
The NCAA Football Rulebook states that all Division I teams must play a minimum of 12 regular-season games to be eligible for consideration for the postseason. However, teams are allowed to schedule 13 regular-season games under special circumstances.
The Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, and Peach Bowl are five of the most prestigious bowl games in college football. These “New Year’s Six” bowls rotate hosting responsibilities for the College Football Playoff semi-finals every three years.
The NCAA football season is set to resume on September 3, 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the schedule is subject to change. So far, there have been no major changes announced, but it is possible that some games may be rescheduled or canceled. Be sure to check back for updates!