It’s not looking good for NCAA college football in 2020. According to various reports on Monday, college game could be done for this fall. As early as Tuesday there could be announcements involving the Pac-12 and Big Ten and their intentions to cancel their upcoming slate of games because of safety issues involving the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The differences between the NFL and college football are clear, as universities could be held liable if the worst were to happen to a student-athlete if games are held in the fall. But no college football on Saturdays would leave a huge void on weekends throughout the fall and winter. However, the NFL may have a possible solution and it’s a simple one.
Play some of their games on Saturday during the regular season. Multiple reports on Monday indicated that the NFL is watching the decision that’s pending for college football’s Power 5 Conferences which are expect to come this week.
NFL football on Saturday isn’t something that we’re completely not used to, though. Just last season, three games in Week 16 were played on a Saturday, one of which was the Bills at Patriots. But in this case, the NFL would probably look to not only do Saturday games sooner, but potentially throughout the season. ESPN’s Adam Schefter pointed out that the seasons ongoing for the NHL, NBA and MLB all would be winding down in October, so the NFL would then have a big window of opportunity with potential Saturday slates of football.