By Marc Lawrence — After getting off to an impressive 2-0 start, you can rest assured piecing Army’s football schedule this 2020 football season was no easy task. According to Forbes.com, the Black Knights Bob Beretta likened piecing together Army’s football schedule to being a baseball general manager as the trade deadline neared. “Everybody will talk for weeks leading up to the deadline and then the hour before the deadline all these deals are going to be made,” said the senior associate athletic director at West Point. “It kind of happened that way.” The baseball analogy is appropriate. Beretta, the point person when it comes to scheduling, was an outstanding closer at St. Bonaventure University. Athletic Director Mike Buddie said, “I think it began back in March with just trying to build backups, contingencies and relationships. When the time came that we needed to execute, we had laid the groundwork.” Oklahoma was scheduled to visit West Point on September 26, the first meeting between the programs at Michie Stadium since 1946 when Red Blake roamed the sideline above the Hudson and Bud Wilkinson was an assistant at OU. Though the Big 12 will play this season, its members have 10-game schedules that include one non-conference home contest. In the end Army managed a whopping 8 home games, with only 2 true road visits this season. Read more here.
Coffee Club regular Stormin Norman from Philly passed along this informative note yesterday, stating that the Big Ten is in formulating plans to start its 2020 football season this fall. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer: Big Ten university presidents will meet Sunday to hear a presentation about playing a fall football season after all — maybe as soon as late October — amid pressure to kick off from parents, players, coaches and even the president. The presentation included improvements in the availability of daily, rapid COVID-19 testing. If things move quickly, the Big Ten could start an 8-game season in about a month, and still compete for a spot in the College Football Playoff. Stay tuned.
Grinding Out The Profits
From this week’s PLAYBOOK FOOTBALL NEWSLETTER: Victor King of the Playbook Totals Tipsheet – the only weekly publication in the land dedicated exclusively to handicapping Over/Under totals – reports the Pittsburgh Steelers are 1-17 UNDER as road favorite of more than 2 points. If you like stats like that you’ll want to subscribe to the Playbook Totals Tipsheet now.