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6:54 pm, September 23, 2020

Arkansas State-Tulsa football game postponed

Arkansas State announced on Wednesday that its football game scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26 has been postponed.

Tulsa is "unable to assemble a two-deep depth chart at one position group that would allow the game to be played safely," according to the news release.

6:19 pm, September 23, 2020

Week 4's Houston-North Texas game canceled

On Wednesday afternoon, Houston announced its football game against North Texas scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26 has been canceled.

"We understand this COVID-related decision North Texas has made to not play Saturday's game and appreciate the consistent dialogue with our program by UNT Athletics Director Wren Baker, his administration and medical staff during this week," UH Vice President for Athletics Chris Pezman said. "I am disappointed for our student-athletes who have continued to focus on competing this season and were ready to play this Saturday. We will continue to work to adjust our schedule with the hopes of playing as soon as we can."

12:18 pm, September 23, 2020

Here's all the football news you need to know Wednesday

Good morning, today is Wednesday, Sept. 23. Here at NCAA.com, we're tracking official sources to provide coronavirus-related updates for the football season.

Here's what you need to know:

7:32 pm, September 22, 2020

Here's what you need to know Tuesday evening

Here are the coronavirus-related college football scheduling updates you need to know Tuesday evening:

12:02 pm, September 22, 2020

Here's all that you need to know Tuesday morning

Good morning, it's Tuesday, Sept. 22. NCAA.com is tracking official sources to provide you with the latest coronavirus-related news about college football.

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11:52 pm, September 21, 2020

Here's everything you need to know Monday night

Good evening, it's Monday, Sept. 21. We're tracking official sources to provide you with the latest coronavirus-related college football news.

Here's what you need to know Monday night:

  • Southern Illinois football to return Oct. 23 against Southeast Missouri State.
    • Southern Illinois football will return on Friday, Oct. 23 when the Salukis host Southeast Missouri State, the school announced on Monday.
    • Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. 
  • Massachusetts announces intention to play football this fall.
    • UMass announced Monday that it intends to schedule and play a limited number of football games this fall, the school said in a press release.
    • It reverses the athletic department's decision back on Aug. 11 to postpone the 2020 fall season until the spring.
    • The university is hoping for a start date some time in mid-October, and will announce opponents, game dates and sites once they are confirmed.
  • Alabama names Mac Jones starting quarterback.
    • The Alabama Crimson Tide have named Mac Jones its starting quarterback for the opener on Saturday, Sept. 26 against Missouri, according to Alex Scarborough of ESPN.
    • Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.
  • Deion Sanders named 21st head coach of Jackson State football.
    • Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Deion Sanders was introduced as the head coach of Jackson State football on Monday.
    • "I am truly blessed to be the 21st Head football coach of Jackson State University," said Sanders. "This amazing HBCU has always enjoyed a high level of commitment academically and athletically."
    • After starring at Florida State, Sanders played 14 seasons in the NFL and nine in the MLB.
  • Week 4 begins on Thursday, Sept. 24 when UAB visits South Alabama at 7:30 p.m. ET. For games times and television info, click here
9:39 pm, September 21, 2020

Southern Illinois announces game with SEMO on Oct. 23

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FCS programs Southern Illinois and Southeast Missouri State will join the group of schools playing football this fall, as Southern Illinois announced they'll meet on Friday, Oct. 23.

Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. ET at SIU's Saluki Stadium in Carbondale, Illinois.

Per SIU's release on Monday, the school is looking at a reduced-capacity seating plan and other measures that could allow season-ticket holders and students to attend the game. Specific details will come at a later date.

"We're so excited to bring football back this fall for our players, staff and fans," SIU Director of Athletics Liz Jarnigan said. "There have been challenges along the way, but I'm confident in the processes we have in place that we can have a safe and enjoyable evening on Oct. 23." 

This matchup will be the first game of the season for both schools. Last week, the DI Council approved changes that will move the 2020 FCS Championship to the spring. Under these guidelines, fall games will still be considered when determining the 16-team championship field.

12:18 pm, September 21, 2020

Here's everything you need to know Monday morning

Good morning, it's Monday, Sept. 21. Here's all that you need to know about the latest college football news, based on updates from official sources.

  • The Week 3 AP Top 25 poll was released Sunday and NCAA.com has its full reactions here. Big Ten teams will be eligible to receive votes again starting next week.
  • The next FBS game is on Thursday between UAB and South Alabama at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
  • The SEC football season will kick off Saturday, including No. 8 Auburn hosting No. 23 Kentucky at 12 p.m. ET on the SEC Network. Reigning national champion LSU will host Mississippi State at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.
8:02 pm, September 20, 2020

Here's everything you need to know Sunday night

Good evening, it's Sunday, Sept. 20. Here's everything you need to know in the world of college football.

  • The Week 3 AP Top 25 poll was released on Sunday and while the top seven teams remained the same, there were some notable changes. Miami (FL) moved up five spots to No. 12 – the biggest positive move of the week – while Marshall cracked the rankings for the first time in six years.
  • The next FBS game is on Thursday between UAB and South Alabama at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game is on ESPN. Twenty ranked teams will be in action, with three matchups between ranked teams.
  • The SEC football season will kick off Saturday, highlighted by No. 8 Auburn hosting No. 23 Kentucky at 12 p.m. ET on the SEC Network. Reigning national champion LSU, which is ranked No. 6, will host Mississippi State at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.
3:40 am, September 20, 2020

Here's everything you need to know Saturday night

No. 14 UCF beat Georgia Tech 49-21. No. 14 UCF was one of 10 ranked college football teams to play in Week 3.

Good evening, it's Saturday, Sept. 19. We're tracking official sources to provide you with the latest coronavirus-related college football news.

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1:56 pm, September 19, 2020

Big Ten reveals 2020 week-by-week schedule

Big Ten football is back, and now we have a full conference schedule. 

Saturday morning on Fox, the week-by-week schedule for each Big Ten football program was revealed. The conference is playing an "8+1" schedule, with every school playing eight regular-season games, then each school from each division will match up with the school that finished with the same standing in the opposite conference. The season starts Oct. 23-24.

Of note in Week 1, Ohio State will host Nebraska in Columbus and Michigan visits Minnesota. 

Preseason top-10 teams Ohio State and Penn State match up on Halloween night in Week 2. "The Game" between Ohio State and Michigan is set for Week 8 on Dec. 12 in Columbus.

See below for the full conference schedule for the 2020 season.

10:46 pm, September 18, 2020

Here's everything you need to know Friday night

Coastal Carolina looks to improve to 2-0 during the 2020 college football season. Coastal Carolina recovers a loose ball during its 38-23 Week 1 win over Kansas.

Good evening, it's Friday, Sept. 18. We're tracking official sources to provide you with the latest coronavirus-related college football news.

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6:21 pm, September 18, 2020

SEC announces football game cancellation and rescheduling policies

The Florida Gators won 11 games in 2019. The Florida Gators won the 2020 Orange Bowl.

On Friday, Sept. 18, the Southeastern Conference announced its policies for canceling, rescheduling and declaring no contests during the 2020 college football season. Here's what you need to know:

  • SEC teams must have a minimum of 53 scholarship players available to play a game.
    • Of those 53 players, each team needs:
      • Seven offensive lineman (one center)
      • One quarterback
      • Four defensive linemen
    • Impacted schools can choose to play with fewer than the minimum number of scholarship or position players.
      • Otherwise, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey can rule to reschedule the game or call it a no contest. 
  • A team can request to reschedule a game if there are "compelling reasons why it cannot begin a contest regardless of the scholarship and position minimums."
    • The SEC Commissioner holds final decision for rescheduling games or declaring a no contest.

The SEC football season begins Saturday, Sept. 26. Click or tap here for each team's complete 10-game schedule.

3:39 pm, September 18, 2020

Saturday's Florida Atlantic vs. Georgia Southern postponed

Saturday's game between Florida Atlantic and Georgia Southern has been postponed following positive tests on FAU's team, according to a statement released by the Owls. The schools are working together to find a date to play later this season.

Saturday's football game between Florida Atlantic University and Georgia Southern has been postponed. Following results of Thursday's COVID-19 testing, it was determined the Owls would be unable to play Saturday. The two schools are working to find a date to play later this season.

Florida Atlantic's next opponent on their schedule is South Florida. The Owls will host the Bulls on Sept. 26. Georgia Southern is set take on No. 19 Louisiana next, also on Sept. 26.

11:45 pm, September 17, 2020

Here's everything you need to know Thursday night

Good evening, it's Thursday, Sept. 17. We're tracking official sources to provide you with the latest coronavirus-related college football news.

Here's what you need to know Thursday night:

2:41 pm, September 17, 2020

Charlotte at No. 12 North Carolina is cancelled

Saturday's game between Charlotte and host North Carolina has been cancelled after some members of Charlotte's team were quarantined, according to this release from the 49ers.

Several members of the offensive line were placed into quarantine following the University's COVID-19 contact tracing protocols, effectively depleting that unit. Over the past two weeks, there have been three positive cases of coronavirus in football student-athletes found through regular testing required by Conference USA. 

Charlotte said the cancellation does not change its scheduled home opener against Georgia State on Sept. 26. That game is scheduled for noon, Eastern.

Here is the rest of Charlotte's schedule (all times Eastern):

  • Sept. 26 Georgia State, noon
  • Oct. 3 at Florida Atlantic, 6 p.m.
  • Oct. 10 at North Texas, 7:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 17 FIU, 6 p.m.
  • Oct. 24 UTEP, 3:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 31 at Duke, TBA
  • Nov. 7 at Middle Tennessee, 3:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 21 at Marshall, 12:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 28 WKU, TBA

Here's North Carolina's (all times TBA)

  • Oct. 3 at Boston College
  • Oct. 10 Virginia Tech
  • Oct. 17 at Florida State
  • Oct. 24 NC State
  • Oct. 31 at Virginia
  • Nov. 7 at Duke
  • Nov. 14 Wake Forest
  • Nov. 27 Notre Dame
  • Dec. 5 at Miami
11:36 pm, September 16, 2020

Here's everything you need to know Wednesday night

Good evening, it's Wednesday, Sept. 16. We're tracking official sources to provide you with the latest coronavirus-related college football news.

Here's what you need to know Wednesday night:

  • The Big Ten Conference announced Tuesday that its 2020 football season would resume Oct. 23-24.
    • A decision was reached following a unanimous vote by the league's Council of Presidents and Chancellors.
    • The Big Ten will play an "8+1" conference-only schedule.
    • Daily COVID-19 testing will begin Wednesday, Sept. 30.
  • On Sept. 16, the Division I Council approved changes to the FCS championship.
    • Teams can play up to eight regular-season games over no more than 13 weeks and must finish no later than April 17.
    • The FCS Playoffs will be held from April 18 through May 15.
    • The bracket will consist of 16 teams instead of 24.
2:17 pm, September 16, 2020

Here's what we know about the Big Ten's return

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The Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously this morning to resume the football season. Here's what we know:

  • WHAT THE SCHEDULE WILL LOOK LIKE: Games will begin the weekend of Oct. 23-24. The conference will hold an "8+1" schedule, with every school playing eight regular-season games, then each school from each division will match up with the school that finished with the same standing in the opposite conference, such that the first-place teams in each division will play in the conference championship, the second-place teams will play each other, etc. Here's our week-by-week schedule for college football. It will be updated with the Big Ten games, when they are known.
  • WHAT THE COVID-19 TESTING WILL BE LIKE: Daily COVID-19 testing will begin by Sept. 30 and test results must be completed prior to every practice and game. Every Big Ten team will have a positivity rate, based on a rolling, seven-day average, that will fall into one of these categories:
    • Green: 0-2%
    • Orange: 2-5%
    • Red: >5%
    • If a team's positivity rate reaches the "Red" status, it must stop practice and competition for at least seven days and "reassess metrics until improved."
    • If an individual tests positive, the earliest a student can return to competition is 21 days after the diagnosis.
  • HOW THE AP POLL WILL BE IMPACTED: Big Ten teams will be eligible for the AP Top 25 poll later this season. They were eligible to receive votes in the preseason poll, but not once the season started. Here's the AP Top 25 as it stands right now. 
  • WHAT THIS MEANS FOR THE CFP: The first College Football Playoff rankings will be released Nov. 17, which means Big Ten teams will have four games of scheduled competition before the first rankings. The CFP selection day is Dec. 20, which means the Big Ten has nine weeks to play a regular season and a conference championship game prior to the CFP's announced selection day. This is the complete schedule of when the CFP rankings will be released:
    • 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17
    • 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24
    • 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1
    • 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8
    • 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15
    • 12 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20 (Selection Day)
1:27 pm, September 16, 2020

Big Ten announces football season will resume Oct. 23-24

The Big Ten announced Wednesday morning that its fall football season will resume Oct. 23-24, following a unanimous vote by its Council of Presidents and Chancellors.

Daily COVID-19 testing will begin Sept. 30, 2020.

"The Big Ten will require student-athletes, coaches, trainers and other individuals that are on the field for all practices and games to undergo daily antigen testing," the conference said in a news release. "Test results must be completed and recorded prior to each practice or game. Student-athletes who test positive for the coronavirus through point of contact (POC) daily testing would require a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to confirm the result of the POC test."

"All COVID-19 positive student-athletes will have to undergo comprehensive cardiac testing to include labs and biomarkers, ECG, Echocardiogram and a Cardiac MRI," the release stated. "Following cardiac evaluation, student-athletes must receive clearance from a cardiologist designated by the university for the primary purpose of cardiac clearance for COVID-19 positive student-athletes. The earliest a student-athlete can return to game competition is 21 days following a COVID-19 positive diagnosis."

The Big Ten's release said updates for fall and winter sports will be announced shortly.

12:24 pm, September 16, 2020

Here's everything you need to know about college football on Wednesday

Good morning, it's Wednesday, Sept. 16. We're tracking official news sources here at NCAA.com to provide you with the latest coronavirus-related college football news.

Here's what you need to know Wednesday morning:

11:35 pm, September 15, 2020

Here's everything you need to know Tuesday night

Good evening, it's Tuesday, Sept. 15. We're tracking official sources to provide you with the latest coronavirus-related college football news.

Here's what you need to know Tuesday night:

  • The Big Ten's Council of Presidents and Chancellors met Sunday, Sept. 13 and could take the next steps, including a possible vote, regarding the return of the conference's 2020-21 football season later this week.
  • Florida State's Sept. 26 game against Miami (Fla.) will now be televised in prime time on ABC.
  • BYU announced that it will host Louisiana Tech in Provo on Oct. 2 
  • Air Force announced that it will host Navy on Oct. 3 in the first leg of the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy.
    • Only Air Force Academy cadets can attend the game. They will be socially distant and wearing masks.
  • Arkansas State revealed Tuesday that its Sept. 19 game against Central Arkansas has been rescheduled to Oct. 10
  • No. 24 App State's game against Marshall on Sept. 19 has been moved to 3:30 p.m. on CBS.
    • The game was originally scheduled to kick off at 1:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.
8:07 pm, September 15, 2020

College football game updates you need to know Tuesday

Here are a few college football scheduling announcements from Tuesday:

12:21 pm, September 15, 2020

Here's all the football news you need to know Tuesday morning

Good morning. Today is Tuesday, Sept. 15, and NCAA.com is providing you with the latest coronavirus-related college football news from official news sources.

Here's all that you need to know this morning:

  • The Big Ten's Council of Presidents and Chancellors met on Sunday and could take the next steps, including a possible vote, regarding the return of the conference's 2020-21 football season later this week.
  • The ACC football games between Florida State and Miami (FL) will now be televised in prime time on ABC.
  • BYU will host Louisiana Tech on Oct. 2 and Air Force will host Navy on Oct. 3.
12:01 am, September 15, 2020

Here's everything you need to know Monday night

Good evening, it's Monday, Sept. 14. We're tracking official sources to provide you with the latest coronavirus-related college football news.

Here's what you need to know Monday night:

  • The Big Ten's Council of Presidents and Chancellors met on Sunday and could take the next steps, including a possible vote, regarding the return of the conference's 2020-21 football season later this week.
    • As of 8 p.m. ET Monday night, there was no news of a vote.
  • Florida State, Miami (Fla.) will clash in prime time on Sept. 26.
  • BYU to host Louisiana Tech on Oct. 2.
  • Air Force to host Navy on Oct. 3.
    • Air Force announced on Monday that it will welcome Navy to Falcon Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 3.
    • Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network. 
    • Air Force is part of the Mountain West Conference, which elected to postpone its fall season, including football, back in August. However, Air Force will play Navy and Army (Nov. 7) as part of the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy competition.
12:18 pm, September 14, 2020

Here's everything you need to know Monday morning

Good morning, it's Monday, Sept. 14. We're tracking official sources to give you the latest coronavirus-related college football news.

Here's all that you need to know:

11:09 pm, September 13, 2020

Here's everything you need to know Sunday night

Good evening, it's Sunday, Sept. 13. We're tracking official sources to provide you with the latest coronavirus-related college football news.

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3:17 am, September 13, 2020

Here's what happened in college football on Saturday

Here's what you need to know in college football news for Saturday, Sept. 12.

  • Week 2 of the 2020 college football season continued Saturday with six ranked teams in action.
    • Louisiana pulled off a 31-14 upset over No. 23 Iowa State, its first-ever road win over a ranked team.
    • No. 1 Clemson rolled 37-13 over Wake Forest as Trevor Lawrence remained perfect against the ACC in his career.
    • No. 5 Oklahoma romped 48-0 over FCS Missouri State as quarterback Spencer Rattler looked sharp in his first start.
    • No. 10 Notre Dame won in its ACC debut, beating Duke 27-13.
    • No. 14 Texas cruised 59-3 over UTEP behind quarterback Sam Ehlinger's record-setting performance.
    • No. 18 North Carolina handled Syracuse 31-6 behind a strong defensive showing. 
  • Three games originally scheduled for Week 3 games have been postponed.
    • BYU-Army was scheduled for Sept. 19. The schools will attempt to find a replacement date.
    • Memphis-Houston was scheduled for Sept. 18. A new date has not yet been determined.
    • Virginia Tech-Virginia was slated to be played Sept. 19. A makeup date has not yet been set. 
11:45 pm, September 12, 2020

BYU-Army football game postponed

On Saturday, BYU announced that its Sept. 19 football game against Army has been postponed due to COVID-19. The schools will attempt to reschedule the game at a later date.
11:02 pm, September 12, 2020

Memphis-Houston football game postponed

On Saturday, the American Athletic Conference announced that Memphis' Sept. 18 football game against Houston has been postponed. The Tigers paused all football activities on Friday due to COVID-19. A new date for the game has not yet been determined.
7:06 pm, September 12, 2020

ACC football changes made in response to Virginia-Virginia Tech postponement

Virginia Tech's Sept. 19 football game against Virginia was postponed earlier Saturday due to COVID-19. Here's how that postponement impacts the ACC football schedule:

  • Virginia's Nov. 14 game with Duke has been rescheduled to Sept. 26. 
  • Kickoff for Louisville's home game against Miami (Fla.) on Sept. 19 has been pushed back to 7:30 p.m. ET.
  • Georgia Tech's Sept. 19 non-conference game with UCF will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET, though it will now air on ABC.
3:29 pm, September 12, 2020

Virginia-Duke game moved up to Sept. 26

The ACC announced Saturday that the Virginia-Duke game, originally scheduled for Nov. 14, has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26.

Both teams previously had an open date on their schedules. It will be played at Virginia's Scott Stadium and will serve as UVA's season-opener, following Saturday's earlier announcement that the originally-scheduled Sept. 19 Virginia Tech-Virginia matchup was postponed due to COVID-19 issues at Virginia Tech.

12:49 pm, September 12, 2020

Virginia Tech-Virginia game postponed, Hokies pause practices

Saturday morning, leaders within the ACC, Virginia Tech and Virginia announced the postponement of the Virginia Tech vs Virginia game, originally scheduled for Sept. 19, to a later date. The decision stems "from COVID-19 issues at Virginia Tech." The Hokies will pause their next four practices.

Virginia Tech will now open the season on Sept. 26 against NC State, while UVA is set to begin its season on Sept. 26 against Duke.

10:22 pm, September 11, 2020

Memphis pauses all football activities

On Friday, the University of Memphis announced that it has paused all football activities due to COVID-19. The Tigers are scheduled to play Houston on Sept. 18. A status update on that game will be provided early next week.
5:43 pm, September 11, 2020

Vanderbilt announces no fans at football games through October

On Friday, Vanderbilt announced that it will not have fans in attendance at football games through the end of October. The Commodores have three home games scheduled in October. Their season begins Sept. 26.
2:26 pm, September 11, 2020

Here's what's happening this weekend

Hello, college football fans. Here's what's going on:

2:58 am, September 11, 2020

Here's what you need to know in college football news for Thursday evening

Here's what you need to know in college football news for Thursday, Sept. 10.

11:41 pm, September 9, 2020

Here's everything you need to know Wednesday night

It's Wednesday, Sept. 9. We're tracking official sources to provide the latest coronavirus-related college football news.

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12:16 pm, September 9, 2020

Here's the college football news you need to know Wednesday morning

Good morning, it's Wednesday, Sept. 9. We're tracking official sources to provide you with the latest coronavirus-related college football news.

Here's what you need to know:

12:14 pm, September 8, 2020

Here's everything you need to know Tuesday morning

Good morning, it's Tuesday, Sept. 8 and Week 1 of the college football season is officially in the books. We're tracking official sources to provide you with the latest coronavirus-related college football news.

Here's what you need to know:

3:50 am, September 8, 2020

Here's everything you need to know Monday night

It's Monday, Sept. 7. We're tracking official sources to provide the latest coronavirus-related college football news.

Here's what you need to know:

  • BYU defeated Navy 55-3 on Monday night in the final game of Week 1. 
    • The Cougars led wire-to-wire and finished with seven touchdowns.
    • It was Navy's worst loss of the Ken Niumatalolo era and the worst home loss in program history, according to ESPN.
    • BYU tailbacks Tyler Allgeier (14 carries, 132 yards) and Lopini Katoa (10 carries, 80 yards) each ran for two touchdowns. Lopini scored a third TD through the air.
  • The Tulsa-Oklahoma State game originally scheduled for Sept. 12 in Stillwater has been pushed back to Sept. 19
    • Game time and television details are still pending, according to Tulsa's release.
  • Southern Miss announced Monday afternoon that head football coach Jay Hopson and the program mutually agreed to part ways.
    • Hopson was in his fifth season as head coach and led the Golden Eagles to a 28-23 record during his tenure.
    • Assistant coach Scotty Walden has been named the interim head coach.
  • The 2020 FBS season resumes play on Thursday with UAB vs. Miami (Fla.) at 8 p.m. ET. 
1:46 am, September 8, 2020

Tulsa-Oklahoma State game pushed back to Sept. 19

The Tulsa-Oklahoma State football game that was originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 12 has been pushed back one week to Sept. 19.

"The safety and health of our student-athletes is always at the core of all of our discussions and decisions. Without time to properly prepare physically we would be putting our student-athletes at a greater risk of injury," said Tulsa Vice President & Director of Athletics Dr. Derrick Gregg in a news release. "An open date for both schools presented us with the opportunity to reschedule the game for a week later. I'm appreciative of Mike Holder and Oklahoma State University for their cooperation in coming to this decision."

Game time and television details are still pending, according to the release.

12:22 pm, September 7, 2020

Here's everything you need to know Monday morning

Good morning, it's Monday, Sept. 7, and there's college football on TV tonight. We're tracking official sources for the latest coronavirus-related college football news.

Here's everything you need to know this morning:

10:50 pm, September 6, 2020

Here's what you need to know Sunday night

It's Sunday, Sept. 6. We're tracking official sources to provide the latest coronavirus-related college football news.

Here's what you need to know:

9:39 pm, September 6, 2020

Rice delays the opening of football practice until late September

Rice announced on Sunday that it will delay the opening of football practice until late September, due to the current infection rate of COVID-19 in Houston and the need for more reliable, rapid testing.

"Our top priority is the safety of our community," said Athletics Director Joe Karlgaard in a news release. "Rice has safely welcomed back a majority of its student body and will continue to prioritize an on-campus college experience.  The very low rates of infection among our campus community are the result of a communal effort and one that requires continued vigilance and dedication. At the same time, we will continue to explore options to allow a football season to happen in 2020."

The school said it will continue to explore new rapid testing capabilities and other mitigation tactics in the coming weeks. A decision on the start of football practice will be made later this month.

Rice's first game is currently scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 3 at Marshall.

3:45 am, September 6, 2020

Here's what you need to know in college football news for Saturday evening

Here's what you need to know in college football news for Saturday, Sept. 5 — the first FBS Saturday of the 2020 season:

  • Week 1 of the 2020 college football season continued Saturday with six more games.
    • Marshall erupted for the highest individual scoring total of the day to beat Eastern Kentucky 59-0.
    • Army opened its new season strong with a 42-0 win over Middle Tennessee.
    • SMU was the only road team to win on Saturday, edging Texas State 31-21.
    • North Texas and Houston Baptist combined for 88 points in a 57-31 win for the Mean Green.
    • Memphis broke away in the second half for a 37-24 win over Arkansas State.
    • UTEP beat Stephen F. Austin 24-14, snapping an 11-game skid dating back 2019.
  • BYU and Navy conclude college football's opening week on Monday.
11:46 pm, September 4, 2020

Here's what you need to know in college football news for Friday evening

Good evening. Here's what you need to know in college football news for Friday, Sept. 4:

  • Week 1 of the 2020 college football season continues on Saturday with more six games.
    • The first kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET between Eastern Kentucky and Marshall
  • On Friday, Virginia announced that capacity for home football games in 2020 will be limited to family of student-athletes and each team's coaching staff. 
  • TCU announced that its season opener against SMU has been postponed.
    • The game was scheduled for Sept. 11. A make-up date has not yet been announced.
  • BYU announced a change in venue for its Oct. 16 game against Houston.
    • The game was moved from BYU to Houston.
9:50 pm, September 4, 2020

TCU postpones football season opener against SMU

On Friday, TCU announced that it postponed its season opener against SMU. The game was scheduled for Sept. 11. A potential make-up date has not yet been announced.
6:45 pm, September 4, 2020

Virginia football finalizes schedule with non-conference opponent

Virginia football has its complete schedule for the 2020 college football season set. On Friday, the Cavaliers added a non-conference game with FCS opponent Abilene Christian. UVA will host the Wildcats at Scott Stadium on Nov. 21.
5:52 pm, September 4, 2020

Virginia announces limited capacity for home football games

On Friday, the University of Virginia announced that only capacity for home football games will be limited to family of student-athletes and each team's coaching staff.

“We are excited that our student-athletes have the opportunity to return to competition soon, but unfortunately, we will have to do so without fans to start the season as we follow the state and local agency guidelines regarding the operation and capacity of our athletic venues,” Virginia Director of Athletics Carla Williams said in the release.

4:17 am, September 4, 2020

Here's what you need to know in college football news for Thursday evening

Good evening. Here's what you need to know in college football news for Thursday, Sept. 3:

11:51 pm, September 2, 2020

Here's what you need to know in college football news for Wednesday evening

Good evening. Here's what you need to know in college football news for Wednesday, Sept. 2:

12:15 pm, September 2, 2020

Here's all the football news you need to know Wednesday morning

Good morning, today is Wednesday, Sept. 2. We're tracking official sources to provide you with the latest coronavirus-related college football news.

Here's the latest:

11:52 pm, September 1, 2020

Here's what you need to know in college football news for Tuesday evening

Good evening. Here's what you need to know in college football news for Tuesday, Sept. 1:

  • The Southeastern Conference announced seven games from its 2020 college football schedule will appear on CBS.
    • Games included in the announcement cover the first two weeks of the season all the way to the conference championship.
    • The SEC kicks off its 2020 season on Sept. 26. Click or tap here for the full schedule.
  • The Atlantic Coast Conference revealed the broadcast schedule for its first two weeks of the 2020 season.
    • This announcement also covers network information for four additional games as well as Notre Dame's home games.
    • The ACC begins its 2020 football season on Sept. 10. The full schedule is available here.
  • The Big 12 also announced broadcast information for its week of games in 2020.
    • The conference additionally revealed television selections for four more regular season games and the Big 12 Championship.
    • The Big 12 begins its 2020 college football season on Sept. 11. 
4:29 pm, September 1, 2020

ACC announces game times and networks for football games

On Tuesday, the ACC announced the game times and networks for the TV broadcasts for its football games this fall.

Here are the announcements, courtesy of the ACC:

Thursday, Sept. 10
UAB at Miami, 8 p.m., ACCN

Saturday, Sept. 12
Syracuse at North Carolina, Noon, ACCN
Duke at Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m., NBC
Georgia Tech at Florida State, 3:30 p.m., ABC
Austin Peay at Pitt, 4 p.m., ACCN
Clemson at Wake Forest, 7:30 p.m., ABC
Western Kentucky at Louisville, 8 p.m., ACCN

Saturday, Sept. 19
Syracuse at Pitt, Noon, ACCN
Boston College at Duke, Noon, RSN
USF at Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m., USA Network
UCF at Georgia Tech, 3:30 p.m., ESPN
Charlotte at North Carolina, 3:30 p.m., RSN
Virginia at Virginia Tech, 3:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m., ABC*
Miami at Louisville, 3:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m., ABC*
The Citadel at Clemson, 4 p.m., ACCN
Wake Forest at NC State, 8 p.m., ACCN
*decision will be made after the games of Sept. 12

Friday, Oct. 9
Louisville at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m., ESPN
Campbell at Wake Forest, 8 p.m., ACCN

Saturday, Oct. 10
Florida State at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m., NB

Saturday, Oct. 17
Louisville at Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m., NBC

Friday, Nov. 6
Miami at NC State, 7:30 p.m., ESPN

Saturday, Nov. 7
Clemson at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m., NBC

Friday, Nov. 20
Syracuse at Louisville, 7:30 p.m., ESPN

4:04 pm, September 1, 2020

Notre Dame announces football kickoff times for NBC

On Tuesday, Notre Dame announced the kickoff times for six of its football games that will be broadcast on NBC:

  • Sept. 12: Duke at Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m. ET
  • Sept. 19: South Florida at Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m. ET
  • Oct. 10: Florida State at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Oct. 17: Louisville at Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m. ET
  • Nov. 7: Clemson at Notre Dame,7:30 p.m. ET
  • Dec. 5: Syracuse at Notre Dame, TBA
2:58 pm, September 1, 2020

SEC announces football kickoff times for CBS games

On Tuesday, the SEC announced the kickoff times for games that will be a part of the SEC on CBS:

  • Sept. 26: Mississippi State at LSU, 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Oct. 3: Texas A&M at Alabama, 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Oct. 17: Georgia at Alabama, 8 p.m. ET
  • Oct. 31: LSU at Auburn, 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Nov. 7: Florida vs. Georgia (Jacksonville), 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Nov. 14: Alabama at LSU, 6 p.m. ET
  • Dec. 19: SEC Championship Game, TBD
1:28 pm, September 1, 2020

Wake Forest announces no football fans for season opener vs. Clemson

On Tuesday morning, Wake Forest announced that after receiving guidance from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the university will not allow fans to attend its football season opener against No. 1 Clemson on Sept. 12.

"If fans are able to attend future fall Wake Forest home contests, tickets will be sold on an individual game basis only," the news release stated.

12:15 pm, September 1, 2020

Here's all the college football news you need to know Tuesday

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11:31 pm, August 31, 2020

Here's what you need to know in college football news for Monday evening

Good evening. Here's what you need to know in college football news for Monday, Aug. 31:

  • The first games involving FBS teams this season will kick off on Thursday, Sept. 3. UAB will play Central Arkansas and Southern Miss will battle South Alabama.
  • NC State announced its football season will begin without spectators for September.
    • Tailgating will not be permitted for the Wolfpack's season opener on Sept. 19. 
    • The school said it will "continue to evaluate its ability to lessen restrictions and re-evaluate its position for the month of October."
  • Central Arkansas defeated Austin Peay 24-17 on Saturday in the first college football game of the 2020 season. 
    • Here are 13 ways that the game was very different, from coaches wearing masks to fans social distancing in the stands. 
9:44 pm, August 31, 2020

NC State announces football season will begin without spectators for September

North Carolina State announced Monday that its football season will begin without spectators through at least the month of September. This decision also includes men's soccer, volleyball and cross country.

"We understand this may be difficult news for Wolfpack Nation," said Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan in a news release. "But given the information available to us at the current time, we are making the responsible decision to begin our season without spectators."

Tailgating will not be permitted for NC State football's home opener on Sept. 19. The school added that it will "continue to evaluate its ability to lessen restrictions and re-evaluate its position for the month of October."

12:23 pm, August 31, 2020

Here's everything you need to know Monday morning

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  • The first games of the season involving FBS teams will kick off on Thursday, Sept. 3. UAB will play Central Arkansas and Southern Miss will face South Alabama.
  • In the first college football game of the season on Saturday, Central Arkansas beat Austin Peay 24-17.
  • The SEC announced its football game operation guidelines, which includes:
    • Who qualifies as essential on-field personnel
    • Disinfecting home and visiting team areas
    • Ticketing
    • Media operations
    • Protocols for bands and spirit squads
  • Conference USA revealed its broadcast schedule for the 2020 football season.
    • The first televised C-USA game is South Alabama against Southern Miss on Sept. 3.
    • The 2020 C-USA Championship game is scheduled to air on CBS Sports Network on Dec. 5
  • North Carolina will have no fans at football games through September.
10:50 pm, August 28, 2020

Here's what you need to know in college football news for this weekend

Good evening. Here's what you need to know in college football news for this weekend:

  • The first game of the college football season was on Saturday, Aug. 29
    • Central Arkansas beat Austin Peay 24-17 in the FCS Kickoff.
  • The first games of the season involving FBS teams will kick off on Thursday, Sept. 3: UAB-Central Arkansas and Southern Miss-South Alabama.
  • On Friday, the SEC announced its football game operation guidelines, which covers:
    • Who qualifies as essential on-field personnel
    • Disinfecting home and visiting team areas
    • Ticketing
    • Media operations
    • Protocols for bands and spirit squads
  • Conference USA revealed its complete broadcast schedule for the 2020 football season.
    • The first televised C-USA game is South Alabama against Southern Miss on Sept. 3.
    • The 2020 Ryan C-USA Championship game is scheduled to air on CBS Sports Network on Dec. 5
  • North Carolina announced that it will have no fans at football games through September.
8:57 pm, August 28, 2020

SEC announces college football game operation guidelines

On Friday, the Southeastern Conference announced its game operation guidelines for the 2020 college football season. Here's what you need to know:

  • Only essential personal will receive game-day access to the field and sidelines.
    • This includes student-athletes, coaches, medical and institutional personnel among others.
  • The home team is responsible for disinfecting spaces used by both teams before each game.
    • Disinfectants used have to be pre-approved. 
    • Spaces included under this rule are locker rooms, coaches' rooms, training rooms, sidelines, and coaches' booths.
    • After disinfection, spaces will be locked down until teams are given access the Thursday or Friday before a game.
  • Home teams will provide visiting opponents with a minimum of 500 tickets in the lower level of the stadium.
    • This rule affects teams whose stadium capacities are reduced where fan attendance is permitted.
  • Bands will not be allowed to perform on the field before games or during halftime.
    • Visiting team bands and spirit squads will not travel to stadiums where capacity is reduced.
  • Press box seating will be no more than 50 percent capacity and occupants must wear a face covering. 
    • Post-game press conferences will be conducted virtually.

Click or tap here to review the SEC's health and safety guidelines from Aug. 18. 

7:50 pm, August 28, 2020

What to know before the first college football game of 2020

Austin Peay and Central Arkansas kick off the 2020 college football season at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 29. Here are some things to know ahead of the FCS matchup:

Click or tap here for the full preview

  • The game is being played at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala. 
    • The stadium can hold 25,000 fans, but capacity will be capped at 25 percent.
  • Austin Peay and Central Arkansas open the season in the FCS Stats Top 25.
    • The Bears hold a slight edge in the rankings at No. 11 while the Governors check in at No. 13.
  • Both teams won at least nine games in 2019, reaching the FCS Playoffs.
    • Austin Peay won 11 games, advancing to the quarterfinals in its first-ever FCS Playoff appearance.
    • Central Arkansas went 9-4 and advanced to the second round of the postseason.
4:23 pm, August 28, 2020

The college football news you need to know Friday afternoon

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Here's what you need to know on Friday, Aug. 28:

  • The American Athletic Conference announced six date changes to its conference football schedule.
    • New dates for the adjusted schedule are available here.
  • Clemson revealed that Memorial Stadium's capacity in 2020 will be approximately 19,000 fans.
  • ACC teams Pittsburgh and North Carolina announced that they will not have fans at home games through September.
  • Notre Dame has finalized its 2020 schedule and will host South Florida in a non-conference contest on Sept. 19.
  • Both East Carolina and Louisiana Monroe announced postponements to their schedules.
    • ECU's season opener against Marshall does not yet have a new date.
    • Louisiana Monroe's Sun Belt opener against Troy has been moved from Sept. 5 to Dec. 5.  
11:31 pm, August 27, 2020

Here's what you need to know in college football news for Thursday evening

Good evening. Here's what you need to know in college football news for Thursday, Aug. 27:

  • The American Athletic Conference announced schedule changes for six conference football games.
    • All six contests are still slated to be played in the same week as originally scheduled.
  • Notre Dame announced South Florida as its 2020 non-conference opponent.
    • The Fighting Irish will host the Bulls on Sept. 19. 
  • East Carolina’s season opener against Marshall has been postponed. A replacement date has not yet been set.
  • Louisiana Monroe announced that has rescheduled its Sun Belt opener against Troy.
    • The game, originally scheduled for Sept. 5, will now take place Dec. 5.
  • Clemson revealed that capacity at Memorial Stadium will be approximately 19,000 fans for the 2020 season.
    • The Tigers’ first home game is scheduled for Sept. 19 against The Citadel.
  • Pittsburgh announced that it will not have fans at Heinz Field for its three September home games.
7:08 pm, August 27, 2020

Here's the latest college football news on Thursday afternoon

It's been a relatively busy day in the world of college football. Here's the latest, as of Thursday afternoon on Aug. 27:

  • The American Athletic Conference announced date changes for six conference football games this fall. All of the new dates are in the same week as the previously scheduled date of the game, but the day of the week has been modified.
    • Houston at Memphis – Friday, Sept. 18 (previously Saturday, Sept. 19)
    • UCF at East Carolina – Saturday, Sept. 26 (previously Thursday, Sept. 24)
    • Memphis at SMU – Saturday, Oct. 3 (previously Thursday, Oct. 1)
    • SMU at Tulane – Friday, Oct. 16 (previously Saturday, Oct. 17)
    • UCF at Memphis – Saturday, Oct. 17 (previously Friday, Oct. 16)
    • East Carolina at Cincinnati – Saturday, Nov. 14 (previously Thursday, Nov. 12)
  • The East Carolina-Marshall game was postponed on Thursday. The game was originally scheduled for Sept. 12 and the two schools hope to reschedule it for the fall 2020 season.
4:03 pm, August 27, 2020

Notre Dame announces home football game against South Florida

On Thursday, Notre Dame announced it will host South Florida in a home football game on Sept. 19.

The Fighting Irish, who will play a regular season ACC football schedule this fall with the chance to compete for a spot in the ACC Championship, have the opportunity to schedule one non-conference opponent, and we now know South Florida is that opponent.

Notre Dame will open the 2020 season on Sept. 12 with a home game against Duke.

 

12:19 pm, August 27, 2020

Here's all that you need to know Thursday morning

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11:36 pm, August 26, 2020

Here's what you need to know in college football news for Wednesday evening

Good evening. Here's what you need to know in college football news for Wednesday, Aug. 26:

  • NC State announced that its road matchup against Virginia Tech has been rescheduled to Sept. 26. 
    • The two teams had a previously common off week.
    • "The ACC created a league schedule with flexibility to adjust games if needed," according to Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren.
  • Wake Forest has added FCS opponent Campbell as its non-conference game for 2020.
    • The Demon Deacons will face the Camels on Oct. 9 in Winston-Salem. 
  • Cincinnati announced on Wednesday that it will host Army for a non-conference game on Sept. 26. 
  • BYU has added two home games to its 2020 schedule — UTSA on Oct. 10 and Texas State on Oct. 24.
  • Austin Peay and Central Arkansas will play the first game of the 2020 college football season on Aug. 29.
    • The game is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.
    • Central Arkansas won the last meeting — a 24-16 decision on Sept. 7, 2019.
    • Both teams reached the 2019-20 FCS playoffs.
6:11 pm, August 26, 2020

NC State, Virginia Tech football game rescheduled to Sept. 26

NC State announced Wednesday that the Wolfpack's road game against Virginia Tech has been rescheduled to Saturday, Sept. 26, two weeks after the game was initially scheduled.

The two schools previously had a common off week on Sept. 26.

"The ACC created a league schedule with flexibility to adjust games if needed," NC State football coach Dave Doeren said in the news release. "There are going to be times teams must adjust based on what is best for the health and safety of the players and staffs involved.  This move provides our team and staff the time needed to prepare and reacclimate after pausing our practices."

12:29 pm, August 26, 2020

The college football news you need to know Wednesday morning

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11:55 pm, August 25, 2020

Here's what you need to know in college football news for Tuesday evening

Good evening. Here's what you need to know in college football news for Tuesday, Aug. 25:

  • The AP released its college football preseason All-America teams on Tuesday.
    • Clemson's Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne headlined the first team.
    • Alabama had the most selections of any school with six players listed between the two teams.
    • The Big Ten and SEC tied for the most selections by a conference with 12 apiece.
  • Tennessee announced that capacity for its season opener will be about 25 percent.
  • Pittsburgh has filled its non-conference opening for the 2020 college football season.
    • The Panthers will host FCS opponent Austin Peay on Sept. 12.
4:39 pm, August 25, 2020

The Associated Press announces college football preseason All-America teams

On Tuesday, the Associated Press announced its preseason college football All-America teams.

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and running back Travis Etienne headline the AP's First Team.

The Big Ten and SEC each had 12 players selected to one of the AP's two preseason All-America teams, which was tied for the most of any conference in the country.

 

12:17 pm, August 25, 2020

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