Thursday, July 9, 2020

Decision Upcoming On Georgia Football Season

The Big 10 Conference announced today that a conference only schedule will be played this year, if there is a season. A start date will be announced later.

According to several ACC media outlets, the conference is likely to follow suit and limit the games to conference members plus Notre Dame.

The Georgia Bulldogs are scheduled to play the Virginia Cavaliers in the Chic-fil-A Kickoff Classic on Monday night September 7th at Mercedes-Benz Stadium but the game may well become another casuality of the COVID-19 pandemic.

UGA Athletic Director Greg McGarity stated earlier this week that a decision on playing this fall will need to be made by August 1st but noted that, "Things are trending in the wrong direction."

The state of Georgia has had 25,436 new positive cases since 7/1/20, that's a 31.29% increase with a positive test rate of 13.71% and there is no reason at this point to think that the numbers will suddenly drop. Testing has only increased 22.25%. At this rate the state will double the number of cases in one month that was recorded from March to July.

The number of deaths will lag two to three weeks behind the surge in new cases.

The state is not going to shut down again so there will be no flat curve, it will take months for this to peak and begin a gradual decline, we still have not reached the 1% infection point. 

A later start with a six game SEC East schedule may be a possibility with the championship game remaining as scheduled in December. Another possibility being discussed is playing next spring but that creates another set of problems with seniors participating just before or during the NFL draft.

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