The Ivy League announced yesterday that fall sports were canceled, but they left open the possibility for a spring football season. Judging by how prescient they were for the college basketball tourneys, this is likely a precursor of things to come for the rest of the NCAA (and high school). Spring football is coming.
FBS conferences cannot afford to cancel the season, but it will also be impossible to contain covid on campuses. College students fully complying with social distancing? Fuhgettaboutit. In fact, the PAC-12 has already confirmed they’ve started contingency plans for spring as well.
Spring football makes sense. Players at that age are already used to playing spring ball, just against their own teammates. They are young enough to recover and reset for the following fall. We’d be able to have fans in stands, tailgates, and everything else that makes college football special. Spring also offers the blissful opportunity for nine straight months of football gambling, which will be awesome.
The gambling does not have to wait until spring because future markets are open right now and some of these lines will turn very juicy. Longshots teams will get a boost from added variance and major roster disruptions for competitors. The NFL says they won’t move the draft if college moved to spring, but it wouldn’t make much of a difference if they did – draft eligible players will sit out in droves regardless. Anybody who would normally skip a bowl game (especially QBs and RBs) would skip the entire spring season. After that, you can expect a lot of partial season absences for other players once their draft stocks solidify.
This why now is the time to pounce on The U at +9000. The reasons are two-fold: (1) Trevor Lawrence is definitely not playing and (2) this kid becomes King of the ACC
-Michigan +4500 because Ohio State will have the same predicaments as Clemson
-Notre Dame +3000 because money matters in times like these
EDIT: hours after posting this, the Big 10 and Pac 12 announced they’ll be doing conference only fall schedules. I don’t think that holds. But if it does, that canceled Michigan/Notre Dame game would’ve helped a ton if you read my advice and gambled in time. You’re welcome