Report: Oklahoma looking to move date of season opener up one week
While the overwhelming debate regarding the college football season is whether or not games should be delayed, Oklahoma is actually looking to go the other direction.
According to a report from The Oklahoman, the athletic department is looking to move the Sept. 5 season opener against Missouri State (FCS) up one week to Saturday, Aug. 29 — currently tabbed as Week 0 in college football.
Why the potential move? Oklahoma would have a week off after its first two games to help with COVID-19 testing. From The Oklahoman:
OU athletic director Joe Castiglione’s rationale in this pandemic-stricken year is that moving the opener would give OU an off week after each of its first two games, which could be valuable with the testing of players for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
With constant testing and the subsequent contact tracing for those exposed, teams face a season with frequent quarantines and isolation of players who either have the virus or have been exposed to it.
Oklahoma would need a waiver from the NCAA to move forward with this plan.
That is, of course, assuming the Big 12 continues forward with a nonconference schedule. Earlier this week, the B1G announced that it will have a league-only schedule for 2020 fall sports, including football. It will be interesting to see if the Big 12 makes a similar move.