Fall in America is notorious for one thing, college football, but this year has proven to be a difficult one. With coronavirus cases still on the rise in many states, colleges have had to rethink the beloved gameday. With all of this said, how are the teams performing in such strange times?
Here in Tallahassee, Florida State has had a tough season this year. On Oct. 10, the seminoles took a hard hit against the number five ranked team, Notre Dame. With a score of 26-42 Notre Dame, the team gained their third loss in four games. Jordan Travis, Florida State’s current quarterback, suffered an injury during the game but will be able to play unhindered on Saturday. Oct. 17, as the Seminoles take on the undefeated North Carolina Tar Heels.
In Athens, Georgia, the University of Georgia bulldogs are on a streak. With three wins, the bulldogs are ranked number one in the SEC-East. On Saturday, Oct. 10, they beat the Tennessee Vols, 44-21. On Oct. 17, Georgia will play Alabama, though Alabama’s head coach, Nick Saban, has tested positive for the coronavirus. At this point in time, with no positive cases on Alabama’s team yet, the game is still scheduled for this coming Saturday.
Back in Florida, the University of Florida’s gators are doing well. With victories over Ole Miss and South Carolina, they fell to Texas A&M Aggies on Oct. 10. The Aggies beat Florida by three with a kick in the last two seconds of the game. Florida still stands at number two in the SEC-East. Although, their Oct. 17 game has been postponed after a spike in coronavirus cases among the team.
In east Alabama, Auburn University’s Tigers redeemed themselves after a loss to Georgia on Oct. 3. On Oct. 10, Auburn played Alabama and barely beat them by a score of 30-28. The Tigers have shown up this season with two wins and a loss. On Oct. 17, Auburn will play against the Gamecocks in South Carolina.
Just across town from Florida State, the Bragg Memorial Stadium is quiet on gameday. Sadly for Florida A&M’s rattlers fans, the only noise coming from the stadium is that of preparations for upcoming stadium upgrades. All of FAMU’s games have been cancelled, along with all fall sports, including the beloved homecoming celebration.
Colleges are finding many ways to adapt to new guidelines in place. From fan cutouts placed in the stadium to coaching from home, college football has found ways to persevere.