As we all sit around and wonder what might happen with the 20202 college football season and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish — there are rumors/buzz-reports/talk about the possibility of everything being moved to winter and spring of 2021.
The Athletic’s Stewart Mandel mapped out a model to play the college football season STARTING on New Year’s Day. The entire scenario involves a complex schedule of schools using indoor stadiums scattered throughout their region as game day destinations.
In Stewart’s model, the Irish wouldn’t play a game in South Bend until a February 13th date against the Clemson Tigers. He also has the Irish playing just 10 games — with the Arkansas Razorbacks and Western Michigan Broncos being the two teams dropped from the schedule. All other Notre Dame games — both home and away —prior to that Clemson game, would be played in an indoor stadium like Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis, Ford Field in Detroit, and even in East Tennessee State’s indoor stadium.
So, yeah... there’s a “buzz” about all of this.
Should be a lot to talk about tomorrow. Hearing a ton of buzz about college football season being pushed to spring. Expect news to be breaking soon.— Mark Rodgers (@markrsports) April 21, 2020
It seems almost unimaginable to have a college football season like the one Stewart Mandel laid out, but it also seems unimaginable at the moment to have any type of normal college football season in 2020. And a season that starts in January of 2021 might have other types of issues such as; which college players decide to NOT play and wait a few more months for the NFL Draft, and how would the Draft be rescheduled?
Right now, this is a lot of “what if” talk.
I don’t believe anything is set in stone one way or another, and I think a move made this week would be premature. Still, it won’t surprise me if the powers that be come up with a couple of different plans to present to the public over the course of the next couple of weeks.