The season-opening matchup between Michigan and Washington is one of the most anticipated games in the non-conference college football season. Two premier programs in their respective leagues go head to head in a Week 1 showdown.
But the ongoing coronavirus pandemic could throw a wrench in those plans.
With so many question marks about the upcoming college football season, there’s still some uncertainty about what the season will look like in 2020. While there’s growing momentum that there will be a season this fall, there could be some scheduling changes or other alternate options that change a few things.
There’s a possibility that non-conference games are nixed. Or, in some situations, there could be a limitation on cross-country travel. But Washington Athletic Director Jennifer Cohen says she is still working towards having the game against Michigan this season.
“I was actually just sending messages to Warde (Manuel), their athletic director, this morning,” Cohen told The Seattle Times. “They’re of that same time frame and plan, too. So I think the question to me is as much, ‘What will it look like in the venue?’ as it is whether or not we’re going to play it.”
Michigan and Washington aren’t the only schools dealing with this issue. In Week 2, Ohio State is scheduled to travel to Oregon for another B1G-Pac-12 matchup on the West Coast. That game could also be in jeopardy, depending on what happens in the coming weeks.
For now, there have been no announcements or changes to the 2020 college football schedule. We’ll see what happens as the season creeps a little bit closer.