In the 150 year history of college football, no year has been more different than this year due to Covid-19. Over the summer it seemed like there may be no football at all, but now teams are halfway through the year even though it hasn’t been completely smooth. While the ACC and SEC were able to start on time, the Big Ten had a two month delay that was so big that President Trump even talked about it.
Defending national champions, the LSU Tigers, dropped from the rankings and are having a tough time, while the team they beat in the championship, the Clemson Tigers, are still the number one team in the nation. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who is the Heisman front runner and projected number one pick, is also out after testing positive for Covid-19. Clemson will face off against number four Notre Dame this week. The University of Florida was hit the hardest when their head coach and 25 players all tested positive. After a two month delay, the University of Wisconsin played one game until they had players also test positive along with conference rival the University of Illinois.
Halfway through the season, analysts have already made their picks for the championship with it unanimously being Alabama vs. Clemson, with Clemson coming out on top. Owen Galvin, a student at PPCHS said, “The championship game will be Clemson vs Alabama with Clemson winning 45-42.” Even with star quarterback Trevor Lawrence out, Clemson has five star freshman DJ Uiagalelei leading the team. Alabama follows Clemson at number two, with Ohio State at number three, and Notre Dame at number four. Due to Covid restrictions teams will only play conference games and will only play out of conference games for bowl games.
After Trevor Lawrence tested positive, Alabama quarterback Mac Jones took the lead for the Heisman trophy, followed by Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and Clemson running back Travis Etienne. Although Ohio State has only played two games this year, they picked up right where they left off last year when they lost in the playoffs to Clemson. At one point this year, the NCAA wasn’t sure if football was going to play, but the NCAA was desperate because it brings in an average of $32 million a year.
Junior Devin Epstein said, “College football is more enjoyable than the NFL.” Fans were so excited that football was back that they risked getting Covid in order to attend games, some of which had very little Covid restrictions. Halfway through the season there have been many unexpected events and there are only more to come.