The Tennessee Vols are scheduled to play the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman, OK on September 12.
This week, the Sooners moved their game against Missouri State up a week. Instead of playing Missouri State on September 5, Oklahoma will now host the Bears on August 29, which gives the Sooners two weeks to prepare for their matchup against the Vols.
On Tuesday, Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel reported that the NCAA will allow programs to start games on August 29 for “additional flexibility”.
An NCAA e-mail obtained by @YahooSports issues a “blanket waiver” to allow all FBS schools to start on Aug. 29, known as Week 0. The waiver was requested by Football Oversight Committee and will provide “additional flexibility” for schools navigating this season.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) July 28, 2020
Tennessee should go ahead and move their matchup against Charlotte (if the 49ers will agree) ASAP.
Not only will it give UT two weeks to prepare for the game against Oklahoma, but it will also give the Vols a full two-week buffer for any coronavirus related issues that arise from the game against Charlotte. It doesn’t guarantee that Tennessee won’t have any players sit out against the Sooners because of COVID-19, but it at least gives an additional week of recovery time if any positive tests occur.
Whatever happens, the 2020 season will be the strangest of our lifetime.
Buckle up, it’s going to be wild and weird.
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